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Raynham Hall Museum’s annual Valentine’s ball brought together 225 revelers at The Muttontown Club on February 8 for an evening of extravagant tablescapes individually created by twenty renowned designers, as well as gambling, dancing, fine dining, and auctions. The party is the museum’s main fundraiser, providing necessary operating support for Oyster Bay’s historic house museum, once the home of George Washington’s Culper Spy, Robert Townsend.

The honorees this year were former state Senator Carl Marcellino and Assemblyman Charles Lavine, both of whom have been instrumental in directing much needed funding for Raynham Hall’s new Education Annex, set to open in the fall of 2020. The principal supporter of the capital campaign transforming the 1915 building into the Education Annex is the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation.

Among the over-the-top tablescape designers were Randy Statham of Scarsella’s Flowers, who created a jaw-dropping table in a gazebo with a Greek statue centerpiece entwined in flowered boughs, and Dean Yoder Interiors, whose table featured a red-tulip-festooned centerpiece topped Marie-Antoinette-style with an 18th-century ship’s model, as a nod to the Museum’s past as the home of the merchant-ship-owning Townsends. Other amazing tables were designed by Andrew Maier Interior Design, Andrew Pascoe Flowers, Vivian Cimmino of Beautiful Flowers, Eric Lysdahl Inc., Rebecca Finelli, Greg Lanza Design, Rebecca Lawton Flatters, Barbara Lewis of The Lewis Design Group, Kyle Marshall, Nicole Troncone in coordination with Elite Party Rentals, Peter LoPippero of Peter Charles Designs, Ltd., Gina Maisano of Silver Creek Antique & Estate, Susan Bloom Interiors, Greg Knudsen for Timothy Macdonald Inc., and Cathy Barry and Jean Daly of Valley Attic in Locust Valley.

At the grand piano, generously underwritten by the Piano Exchange in Glen Cove, pianist extraordinaire John Schwartzberg conjured up love songs and other romantic music to set the tone of the party during dinner. Auctioneer Michael Taglich had people on the edge of their chairs as he auctioned off nine separate items, raising a total of nearly $40,000. After dinner, partygoers adjourned from the ballroom to the club’s historic dining room, where DJ Rob H from Famous Entertainment played raucous dance music. Throughout the evening, gamblers tried their hand at games of chance in the barroom. Little jars of honey from La Selva in Mill Neck were distributed to departing guests as party favors, courtesy of Claudio and Debra Del Vecchio.

Co-chairs of the event were Dean Yoder and Jonathan Grimm, Franki and Nish Doshi, and Claudia and Michael Taglich, and our Junior co-chairs Jamie and Frantz Arty and Kyle Marshall and Matt Smoak.”

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