Saturday, July 25, 2009

6th Annual Hamptons Happening Raises $265,000 for the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation

6th Annual Hamptons Happening Raises $265,000 for the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation

Star of Jon & Kate Plus 8, Jon Gosselin, attended the 6th Annual Hamptons Happening to Benefit the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) with engaged couple, Michael Lohan and Erin Muller. The threesome attended to show their support for a cause which both Gosselin and Lohan regard as personally important to them.

Honorary Chair Costas Kondylis, with Event Co-Chairs Laurie L. Schaffran and Marion Waxman led the evening, helping to raise $265,000 to benefit the SWCRF. Hosted by Susan and Louis Meisel, the festivities were held at The Sagaponack Sculpture Field with Dr. Samuel Waxman as the keynote speaker.

The SWCRF is a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization that focuses on the most promising strategies for developing cures and treatments for many types of cancers. It even offers hope of being able to prevent cancer from developing. SWCRF is at the cutting edge of a revolution with alternatives to the traditional treatments of chemotherapy and radiation, which kill cancer (and healthy) cells. Foundation-supported research includes reprogramming chaotically growing cancer cells to behave normally, understanding cancer stem cells, and mobilizing the immune system. These will lead to precisely targeted treatments or preventatives which will have minimal side effects on the recipients.

In addition, participating restaurants showing their support at the benefit included Annie’s Organic Café, Bobby Van’s, Brandt Beef, Cavaniola’s Gourmet Cheese Shop, Chef Pierrot Signature Catering, DuFour Pastry Kitchens, The Fudge Shoppe, Ichiban Sushi, il laboratoria de gelato, Kneaded Bread, La Masseria, Leo’s Latticini, Magnolia Bakery, Manhattan Chili, Nichol’s, Pure Dark, The Seafood Shop, Shun Lee, Susan Meisel, Town Line BBQ and Tutto Il Giorno. Beverages were sponsored by Palm Bay Imports, Imperia Vodka, Fire Island Beer Company, Hampton Coffee Company and Pellegrino/Acqua Panna.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Opus Hotel Vancouver - Indulge in the Ultimate Boutique Hotel Experience

Opus Hotel Vancouver - Indulge in the Ultimate Boutique Hotel Experience

Located in the historic and fashionable Yaletown, steps away from the inner harbor, entertainment, shopping, spas and twenty-five minutes from Vancouver International Airport, is the luxurious Opus Hotel Vancouver.

Uniquely stylish and always fresh, Opus Hotel Vancouver offers guests an unmatched boutique hotel experience. The hotel features ninety-six guestrooms that blend contemporary design with warm vibrant colors. The lavish rooms boast five different lifestyle-inspired décor schemes to suit every taste, ranging from modern and minimalist to artful and eclectic, with comfort and style as the unifying elements. Consistently named by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine as “One of the World’s Best Hotels” from 2005-2008 and “One of the Best 500 Hotels in the World” by Travel + Leisure Magazine from 2006-2008, Opus Hotel Vancouver is the place to stay when visiting Vancouver.

Whether traveling to Vancouver for business or pleasure, Opus Hotel Vancouver offers an expansive list of services and amenities. In addition to standard amenities, luxuries for guests include Frette bathrobes, L’Occitane bath amenities, an in-room oxygen dispenser, morning newspaper, 24-hour room service, heated tile bathroom floors, and overnight shoeshine service. All suites have a wet bar, and the penthouse suites feature wrap-around balconies, floor-to-ceiling windows, and double-sided fireplaces. The hotel offers a stylish 24-hour business center with two fully-loaded work stations with complimentary high-speed internet, printing and an airport check-in kiosk. The facilities go from corporate to casual—Opus has rooms to accommodate up to 75 guests for a reception or 48 for a dinner.

Swing by Opus Hotel Vancouver, even if it’s just for an evening. Elixir, Opus Hotel’s Bistro, and Opus Bar, which was voted “Vancouver’s Most Popular Nightspot” by Zagat Guide, offer the crème de la crème in dining and nightlife. At Elixir, Executive Chef Don Letendre takes a contemporary approach to classic French cuisine, crafting innovative dishes from the freshest seasonal ingredients. Choose a room to suit your mood: bustling Bistro, airy Garden Room or plush Velvet Room. At Opus Bar, a playful blend of iridescent lighting, designer furniture and shimmer screens set the mood for its sophisticated and style-savvy crowd. Known for its chic, “see-and-be-seen” vibe, Opus Vancouver has attracted many A-listers of Hollywood including, actors Amy Adams, Robert Pattison, John Cusack, Ashton Kutcher & Demi Moore, music artists Janet Jackson, Lil Wayne, Wycleaf Jean, R.E.M., and The Pussycat Dolls, and athletes Tony Parker and “Sugar” Shane Mosley. Opus Bar’s glass-walled restrooms and live video feeds allow you to always keep an eye on the action.

Opus Hotel Vancouver also offers complimentary transportation, available within the downtown area via the hotel’s luxurious 7 Series BMW. Two Opus mountain bikes and two Jorg & Olif city bikes are also available to guests, free of charge. Also offered are deluxe tea service, personal shopping, same-day laundry, in-room spa services and an extensive DVD library. For first time visitors, the hotel’s unique Lifestyle Concierge allows guests to choose from five virtual concierges as their personal guide to the city.
Whether guests are checking in the hotel for business or leisure, or simply enjoying an evening at Elixir or the dazzling Opus Bar— Opus Vancouver is sure to charm and exceed expectations.

Opus Vancouver
322 Davie Street, Vancouver,
British Columbia, Canada V6B 5Z6
Tel: 604-642-6787
Toll free: 1-866-642-6787
Fax: 604-642-6780
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