Shop the UJA-Federation Trunk Show
by leigh crandall
The UJA-Federation of New York’s popular Hamptons Trunk Show returns to the Bridgehampton Historical Society on August 2 for a day filled with shopping, music, and refreshments; 20 percent of the proceeds will benefit the UJA-Federation of New York. “Attendees enjoy themselves while [also] doing something good, and that’s why people keep coming back,” says the trunk show’s chair, Ramy Sharp, who first became involved with the UJA-Federation 13 years ago when her oldest son, Kyle, was born. “They had great seminars for new moms, and as I started to meet the people of the UJA-Federation, I realized how amazing the organization is and how many people they help.”
To get the word out and help raise money for the group, Sharp envisioned an event where people could come and shop, and a portion of the proceeds would Style of Generosity go toward funding the work that the Federation has been performing for more than 90 years, like providing food to the hungry and shelter for the homeless. The first trunk show, which Sharp held in her New York City apartment, began with just seven vendors and about 85 attendees. “Everyone was really supportive, and we realized we had something here,” says Sharp. To elevate and grow the event, it was first moved to private homes out East and then to its current location in an elegantly tented outdoor space at the Bridgehampton Historical Society. With annual attendance of more than 700, the event has raised more than $800,000 to date.
“It’s always such a fun day,” notes Jamie Mitchell, one of the trunk show’s vicechairs. “Beyond shopping it’s a great social event, and we always try to keep it new and fresh.” Other vice-chairs of the event are Jennifer Gardner Trulson, Jill Bikoff, Harriet Croman, Sara Pilot, Joyce Scharfer, and Stacey Bronfman.
This year, visitors can browse through a record 70 vendors, including East End favorites Scoop NYC, Jennifer Miller, and SoulCycle. Also planned are a signing by Dr. Neil Sadick of his book The New Natural: Your Ultimate Guide to Cutting-Edge Age Reversal and a $500 Lester’s g ift certificate door prize. Yogurt from the Yogo truck and ice tea from The Golden Pear Cafe are included with the price of admission: $36 or $54 for the new VIP package, which includes an extra hour of shopping time before the event opens to the public. Tickets can be purchased at the UJA-Federation’s website as well as at the door. UJA-Federation of New York Hamptons Trunk Show, Thursday, August 2, 10 AM to 5 PM, Bridgehampton Historical Society, 2368 Montauk Hwy., Bridgehampton
photography by Jonathan Levine (portrait); Ariel Ramerez (shoppers, booth)