The Weekend That Was

(1) The 9th annual Art For Life Benefit took place on Saturday at Russell Simmons' East Hampton house. Despite tickets not selling out as fast as usual, the event played host to Aretha Franklin, Christy Turlington, Lorraine Bracco, Soledad O'Brien, David Paterson, Diddy, Padma Lakshmi, Brett Ratner, LA Reid, the cast of Real Housewives of New York, Al Roker, Kelly Bensimon, Alina Cho, Simon de Pury, and Porschla Coleman—whose break up with Simmons, judging by their behavior, is either incredibly amicable or no longer in effect. [PMc]

(2) Sara and Patrick Handreke hosted a screening of the new rom-com Ghost Town in East Hampton. Guests included Arden Wohl, Bennett Miller, Peggy Siegal, the film's star Ricky Gervais and Jane Fallon, George Stephanopoulos and Alexandra Wentworth, and Helen and Tim Schifter. [PMc]

The Weekend That Was(3) Opening day of the Mercedes-Benz Polo Challenge at the Bridgehampton Polo Club attracted Nicky Hilton (click on photo, left, to expand), Chace Crawford, Penn Badgley, Jason Strauss, Noah Tepperberg, Elizabeth Harrison, Samantha Cole, Liam McMullan, Jason Binn, Norah Lawlor, Dabney Mercer, Blake Lively, Eric Villency and Kimberly Guilfoyle, Joe Francis, Nacho Figueras, Brett Ratner, Devorah Rose, Emily Brill, Kristian Laliberte, and Timo Weiland. [Guest of a Guest; photo courtesy of Marion Curtis/Starpix]

(4) Elie Tahari's East Hampton boutique was the venue for Simon Doonan's Eccentric Glamour book party and signing: Jonathan Adler, Marjorie Gubelmann, Lady Bunny, Scott Currie, and Countess LuAnn de Lesseps were all there. [PMc]

(5) Chace Crawford's 23rd birthday party at the Casa El San Juan Hotel in Water Mill was attended by Blake Lively, Penn Badgely, Lydia Hearst, and a few people who aren't in Gossip Girl. [Us Weekly, Essentially Emily]