Dr. Samuel Waxman excels in growing and keeping an engaged community that raises funding for cancer research, To that end, 300 people gathered at Kenneth and Maria Fishel’s Bridgehampton estate on July 8. There they tasted fabulous food from a group of chefs, to learn how they can help fund important research. And to do a little dancing.
“Since its founding, the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation has invested more than $100 million toward collaborative cancer research,” said William T. Sullivan, SWCRF’s executive director. “This year, funds raised from the Hamptons Happening will support the launch of Mission Possible grants … to investigate new preventions and treatments for cancer.”
In its 19th year, the Hamptons Happenings event is produced by an engaged committee, who year after year honor cancer survivors who bring in new guests who then turn into donors.
This year honorees included the journalist Denise Albert who said, “Without cancer research, I wouldn’t be alive.”
Lori and Scott Levine, the founders of Scott’s Protein Balls, were also honorees. They said that without research and continued advancements, “we will never find better treatments or even a cure.”
Jeweler Anna Zuckerman, another honoree, was 33 when her husband passed away from leukemia, leaving her a single mother with two toddlers. She knows firsthand how impactful the loss is, and is committed to helping spread awareness and raise money to help find a cure.
Chef Ralph Scamardella of the Tao Group, the fifth honoree, was brought in by the event chair Mark Friedman. Cancer has affected Scamardella’s family, so he felt a strong bond to the cause.
Dr. Waxman made an inspiring speech at the podium.
The Hamptons Happening event was chaired by Mark D. Friedman of Brown Harris Stevens and Jamie Koff of Fabric to Finish, with co-chairs Bess Freedman and Bryan Griffin and Erica Feinberg as the journal chair
The event raised more than $450,000, which will be invested in groundbreaking cancer research. Additional donations can be made to the Waxman foundation.