Hamptonites Come Out to Celebrate the Recovery of Puerto Rico

By Luke Himmelsbach | November 15, 2018 | Culture

Hamptonites joined forces to celebrate the recovery of Puerto Rico.

Martha_Stewart_with_Jose_AndresMartha Stewart and José Andrés

This past weekend, Hamptonites joined together to celebrate the post-hurricane recovery of Puerto Rico and the return of Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve. Some recognizable Hamptonites who attended included Martha Stewart, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, Cynthia Rowley, and Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann.

Dorado_Beach,_a_Ritz_Carlton_Reserve.jpgDorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

The Ritz-Carlton resort hosted celebrities, philanthropy organizations, musicians from both Puerto Rico and the States, and even world renowned chef, José Andrés. The weekend featured many exclusive amenities such as live music from legendary artist Questlove, award-winning actor Leslie Odom Jr., and the Puerto Rico Philharmonic, Orchestra. The lively and enchanting music was complimented by the culinary excellence of some of Puerto Rico’s top chefs, using fresh island ingredients to bring the authentic taste of Puerto Rico to their dishes.

Jennifer_Esposito.jpgJennifer Esposito

This unforgettable weekend featured many memorable moments for both the celebrities and others attending this event. On Saturday night, actor and DJ Tony Okungbowa invited attendees to help perform a ceremonial blessing of the island of Puerto Rico. This ceremony brought hundreds of guests to a bonfire on the beach, where herb satchels were burned over open flames—a Puerto Rican tradition to bring luck and prosperity.

Mariska_Hargitay,_Peter_Hermann,_and_Helena_Christensen.jpgMariska Hargitay, Peter Hermann, and Helena Christensen

Other highlights from the weekend included a talk from Martha Stewart and chef José Andrés that focused on inspiring further changes in Puerto Rico over the course of a year. Actress Marcia Gay Harden also played her part by lending a helping hand in a tree planting ceremony, which symbolized the cultivation of Puerto Rico, in turn promoting growth and prosperity.

David_Burtka,_Jane_Krakowski,_and_Neil_Patrick_Harris.jpgDavid Burtka, Jane Krakowski, and Neil Patrick Harris

This wonderful and highly eventful weekend helped to bring spirits up in Puerto Rico as hurricane recovery carries on, providing guests with incredible memories, moving ceremonies, and some of the best food that Puerto Rico has to offer.

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