Christie Brinkley with daughter Alexa Joel

Arriving with her daughter at the 12th annual Heart of the Hamptons event held at the Hayground School in Bridge-hamp-ton, Christie Brinkley looked beautiful and happy, even in the face of her ongoing trial with her soon-to-be-divorced-from hubby, Peter Cook. The timeless beauty was honored with the Humanitarian with Heart Award; Dottie Herman, President and CEO of Prudential Douglas Elliman, was presented with the Dis-tinguished Community Leadership Award; and Michael Wolk and Robert McMahon also received honors.

After the ceremony, in which all honorees spoke eloquently about the need to build healthier lives, the 550 guests enjoyed a delicious dinner provided by Starr Boggs. Guests then had the opportunity to take a chance with Lady Luck in the newly-added casino and bid in silent and live auctions. The event, orchestrated flawlessly by emcee Chuck Scarborough, raised nearly $650,000 for the American Heart Association’s Focus on Children’s Health.

Although her own has recently been hurt, Brinkley has done a laudable job of preventing future broken hearts.

Ellen Bitton, Bob Eide Chuck Scarborough, Christie Brinkley
Christie Brinkley, friend, Alexa Joel, Jill Rapapport Dottie Herman
Dan Rattiner and Chris Wasserstein, Jon and Joan Gruen
photos by Joan Jedell & Gregory Partanio/
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