If You’re In the Hamptons This Weekend: Join me and other Olympians to Support RIGHT TO PLAY!

Saturday, August 14

Right To Play Day

International Humanitarian Organizaton Right To Play together with The Urban Zen Foundation invite you to A Right To Play on Saturday, August 14.

From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Breakwater Yacht Club Lawn, 51 Bay Street, Sag Harbor in celebration of the international humanitarian organization, Right To Play, and the Urban Zen Foundation, families are invited (adult supervision required) followed by a reception at Urban Zen from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (adults only). Festivities will commence on the lawn in front of the Breakwater Yacht Club with four play stations led by world-class Right To Play Athlete Ambassadors, Vanessa Chakour, professional boxer; Tim Morehouse, Olympic silver medalist fencer; and Devon Harris, three-time member of the Jamaican Olympic Bobsled team. There will be a music station led by Sag Harbor’s own, singer/songwriter, Alexa Ray Joel. The featuring songs inspired by Right To Play participants are accompanied by African drumming. The art station will have free face painting and tribal art printing. A special book signing with Devon Harris, a team member featured in the motion picture Cool Runnings, will have his children’s book “Yes, I can!” available for sale.

Admission is free and includes complimentary refreshments. Recommended age of children is 6 to 12 years old.

“Right To Play is an international humanitarian organization that uses sport and play programs to improve health, develop life skills, and foster peace for children and communities in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world. Working in both the humanitarian and development context, Right To Play builds local capacity by training community leaders as Coaches to deliver its programs in 21 countries affected by war, poverty, and disease in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America. Founded in 2000, Right To Play is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and has national offices in Canada, Norway, The Netherlands, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The national offices raise funds, build awareness for Right To Play programs and advocate for Sport for Development.” Says Johann Olav Koss, Right To Play’s President and CEO, “It’s extremely gratifying to reflect on our origins and to think back on how far we’ve come since Right To Play began over ten years ago. We are now a fully-fledged international development organization operating in over 20 countries around the world and reaching 700,000 children on a weekly basis.”

A photography exhibit featuring works by Sag Harbor local, Bettina Stelle, and her visit to Right To Play’s program in Ghana will be on display in Urban Zen at 4 Bay Street. In addition, photographer and philanthropist, Elizabeth Jordan, has kindly donated two works for auction which will also be on display at Urban Zen. All proceeds will benefit Right To Play & Urban Zen including Right To Play merchandise available for sale such as their iconic Red Ball featuring the logo “Look After Yourself Look After One Another.” Pamela Peak, Right To Play USA’s National Director emphasizes “We harness the power of play to improve the lives of children in some of the most disadvantaged communities in the world and are thrilled by the opportunity to showcase our work at the Right To Play Day. Parents and children will have the opportunity to learn through playing the same games and programs children in countries like Ghana, Lebanon, Peru, and Pakistan do.”


3:00 pm to 5:00 pm


Breakwater Yacht Club Lawn
51 Bay Street , Sag Harbor, 11963

Contact Information:

Samanthe Lobosco


www.righttoplayusa.com, www.urbanzen.org

RIGHT TO PLAY “En Garde” Charity Cocktail Party at Barneys: A Smashing Success for Charity and Fencing

The fencing community and its friends flexed their  muscles tonight at the Barneys Penthouse raising upwards of 15,000+ dollars for the Humanitarian organization Right To Play as New York State Governor David Patterson, Nigel Barker, Serge Timacheff , Olympic coach Yury Gelman and fencing legend and Olympian Peter Devine joined 150+ guests to enjoy fencing photography and cocktails.

Governor Patterson spoke to the crowd, along with Right To Play COO Jeffrey Orridge and hosts Matt Doyle, Jason Rogers and Tim Morehouse.   All of them addressed the importance of sports for children’s development and the need for resources in underdeveloped countries so that children can play and learn.   Right To Play teaches kids in impoverished areas life lessons via sports and provides children who might not necessarily have it with sporting equipment and coaches. (www.righttoplayusa.org)  The money raised will go to help thousands of children in countries around the world.

The night was also special to me because of the strength displayed by fencing.   150+ guests paying $150 dollars a ticket to enjoy fencing photography!  Imagine how many people we can get with live fencing ?   The answer of course, is that this be the first of many events I plan on doing to help raise money for good causes while simultaneously promoting fencing.   I have some big projects in the works to hold spectator/sponsor friendly tournaments in New York City where we can draw thousands of paying spectators and get sponsors behind it.

It’s not even a question of can we get people to watch fencing and companies to sponsor it.  It’s going to happen and it’s happening now.(Speaking of which, I still have a big sponsorship announcement to make soon!)   For now, a nice victory for a good cause and a score for the sport of fencing.

PS Also in attendance tonight were Daria Schneider, Mike Etropolski and my mother and father! (Mom bid on 3 of the photographs and won! Thanks Mom!)

Thank you to everyone who helped make tonight a smashing success! And to everyone who continues to work towards helping good causes and growing our small, but mighty sport.  Make room world…the fencers are coming!

En Garde For Charity at Barneys: Last 2 Days to Buy Tickets! (Only 15 Remaining!)

With just 2 days left until En Garde For Charity at the Barneys Penthouse we’re 15 tickets away from being SOLD OUT!

Thank you to everyone who has purchased tickets so far!  It will be a tremendous evening in support of the charity Right To Play featuring fencing photography from both sports and fashion luminaries.

More information on ticket purchase:http://www.minilink.me/11448

Or email Jay Stirling at jstirling@righttoplayusa.org (Tickets are $150 and going fast!)

Celebrity Fencing Photography! (An Auction For Charity)

This is one of the most comprehensive photography displays ever featuring fencing.  Photographs  by America’s Next Top Model Judge Nigel Barker and other luminaries from both the sports and fashion will be on display at Barneys and this is an opportunity for you to OWN some of these pictures!

You can view and bid on these images with proceeds going to the international humanitarian organization Right To Play:


All the pictures are mounted and framed with many of the pictures signed by the artists.   We have exclusive pictures of Fencing Olympians including Aldo Montano, Keeth Smart, James Williams, Jason Rogers, Emily Cross, Tim Morehouse, Cliff Bayer and others.

Other photographers involved include fencings  very own Serge Timacheff, famed sports photographer Howard Schatz and more!

Cool Fencing Picture of the Day: Nigel Barker Photographs Olympic Fencer James Williams

Olympic Silver Medalist in fencing James William’s portrait by America’s Next Top Model Judge/fashion photographer Nigel Barker.

You can bid online for this picture with proceeds going to the charity Right To Play starting on Monday at:

Or you can bid on this LIVE (with me there!) at the actual charity event next Thursday at the Barneys Penthouse:

Cool Fencing Picture of the Day: The Muscles of a Fencer!

This is one of my all-time favorite pictures.   You can bid on this one for the charity Right To Play starting Monday at: http://righttoplay.akaraisin.com/gala/Event/PhotoGallery.aspx?seid=3115&mid=41

Or you can bid on this LIVE (with me there!) at the actual charity event next Thursday at the Barneys Penthouse:

En Garde For Charity: A Special Night For Fencing And Right To Play at the Barneys Penthouse in NYC

Olympic Fencers are teaming up for a very special photo exhibit and auction to support the charity Right To Play on May 13th, 2010 at the Barneys Penthouse in NYC!

Olympians Cliff Bayer (’96 ’00), Keeth Smart (’00,’04’08), Peter Devine (’96), Erinn Smart (’00,’04,’08), Jason Rogers (’04 ’08) and Tim Morehouse (’08) along with fellow Benefit Committee members Scott Buccheit, Jackie Astier, David Clay, Linda Rizk, Matt Snatnick, Sam Hamadeh, Wendy Doyle and Dana Sydney invite you join us as we get, “En Garde For Charity”.

We will have exclusive never-before-seen photographs of fencing from famed photographers Nigel Barker and Howard Schatz, some of the best works from Serge Timacheff and pictures seen in the media throughout the years by great photographers including David Burnett, Joe McNally, Gigi Stoll, Chiun-Kai Shih, Phillip Moy and Patrick McMullan.   

There will of course be cocktails, hors d’oeuvre, great media coverage and plenty of fun surprises!

Tickets are $150 and space is limited.