The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation’s 19th Annual Hamptons Happening took place at the Bridgehampton estate of Kenneth and Maria Fishel. Over 300 guests attended this prominent social event, which is one of the highlights of the summer season in the Hamptons.
The event successfully raised more than $450,000, and these funds will be dedicated to groundbreaking cancer research. The SWCRF has a long history of investing in collaborative cancer research, with more than $100 million already contributed since its inception.
This year’s Hamptons Happening had a special focus on supporting the SWCRF Mission Possible Research Program. The program aims to provide funding for six leading investigators to pursue projects related to new preventions and treatments for cancer, with the ultimate goal of helping people live longer, healthier lives with reduced cancer risk as they age.
During the event, several individuals and organizations were recognized for their outstanding contributions. Chef Ralph Scamardella, EVP and Chief Culinary Officer of Tao Group Hospitality, received the Hospitality and Service Award. Lori and Scott Levine, co-founders of Scott’s Protein Balls, were honored with the Outstanding Product Award. Denise Albert, CEO and co-founder of My Cancer Family, received the Community Service Award. Anna Zuckerman, Founder and Chief Designer at Anna Zuckerman, was recognized with the Fashion Cares Award.
The attendees at the event enjoyed a delightful night filled with tastings from numerous chefs, restaurants, and beverage companies. Additionally, there was a live auction conducted by Heritage Auctions, adding to the excitement of the evening.
Overall, the Hamptons Happening brought together individuals passionate about supporting cancer research, enjoying excellent cuisine, and honoring those making a difference in the fight against cancer.
Notable attendees included: Dr. Samuel Waxman, Marion Waxman, Chef Ralph Scamardella, Lori Levine, Scott Levine, Anna Zuckerman, Denise Albert, Ken Fishel, Maria Fishel, Bess Freedman, Mark D. Friedman, Jamie Koff, Bess Freedman, Bryan Griffin, Elena Gibbs, Erica Feinberg, Chris Wragge, Sarah Wragge, Bill Sullivan, Harry Carson, Jean Shafiroff and Pamela Morgan.
Gold Sponsor: Theodore A. Rapp Foundation
Bronze Sponsors: Jay W. Eisenhofer
VIP Sponsors: Ken & Maria Fishel, Bess Freedman, Brown Harris Stevens, Brown Harris Stevens-The Friedman-Rosenthal Team, Scott’s Protein Balls, Tao Group Hospitality, Anna Zuckerman
Supporting Sponsors: Eurostruct Inc., Fabric to Finish, My Cancer Family, Taub Family Companies, Palm Bay International, and Tito’s Vodka
Media Sponsors: Lawlor Media Group, Hamptons Magazine, and James Lane Post.
Official Transportation Sponsor: Tote Taxi
Step Up To Turn Cancer Off Sponsors: Crunch Gym, New Rez, Tradeweb, The Brown-Polloch Charitable Trust
Hamptons Happening event is chaired by Mark D. Friedman of Brown Harris Stevens and Jamie Koff, Fabric to Finish with co-chairs Bess Freedman and Bryan Griffin and Journal Chair Erica Fineberg.
The event committee included Alexandra Adame, Karen Amster-Young, Chris Arlotta, Arthur Backal, Antonella Bertello, Dawn Celovsky, Gina Conzo, Maxine Danowitz, Maria Fishel, Elena Gibbs, Nathalie Cohen Gould, Leslie Keidan, Dina Koutroumanis, Norah Lawlor, Jessica Mackin, Gennaro Pecchia, Christine Prydatko, and Randi Schatz.
The Hamptons Happening featured tastings included:
Tao Group Hospitality / Chef Ralph Scamardella, Lavo, Luchini Italian, 317 Main / Chef Eric Levine, A La Mode Ice Cream, Alidoro / Chef John Streep, Peter Ambrose, Arlotta Food Studio, Bellissima Prosecco & Wine by Christie Brinkley, Bero International, Centro Trattoria and Bar, Chef Harold Moore, Chef Francois Payard, Cagri Kanver of El Turco Hamptons, El Verano / Chef Julian Medina, FIELDTRIP / Chef JJ Johnson, Herradura Tequila, House of Saturn Café, Lemon Perfect, Magnolia Bakery, North Fork Craft Wines & Spirits, Crush Wine XP, Ovelia Psistaria / Chef Peter Giannakas, Scott’s Protein Balls, Spritz Society, T-Bar Steak & Lounge, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Tommy Bahama / Chef Wade Ganache, Woodford Reserve.