The Ellen Hermanson Foundation hosted “An Evening of Enchantment” at Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton.

This year’s event honored BNB Bank for its commitment to the East End community and Senator Kenneth LaValle for his advocacy for access to breast health care. Noted philanthropist Jean Shafiroff was the Gala Chair. Julie Ratner, Founder of the Foundation who is tireless in her commitment to provide quality care for patients ran the evening with charm and efficiency. She also made let it be known that,

“No patient is turned away from the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center for lack of insurance or inability to pay for treatment.”

Supporting the event was NY State Assembly woman Rebecca Seawright who recently signed a 3D mammogram screening bill she said,

“Early detection is critical at a time when the federal climate is stripping women of health coverage.”

The funds raised at An Evening of Enchantment will underwrite accessible mammography screenings and new state-of-the-art medical equipment at The Ellen Hermanson Breast Center at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital and satellite locations in Hampton Bays and East Hampton.

Through Ellen’s Well, The Ellen Hermanson Foundation provides social worker-led support groups, nutrition, yoga, reiki and other healing opportunities for breast cancer survivors.

The Ellen Hermanson Breast Center at the Southampton Hospital is proud to be designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The Center offers a wide spectrum of breast health services, including education, early detection screenings, and breast cancer treatment and support.

The Center utilizes state-of-the-art diagnostic techniques, including tomosynthesis — the most advanced mammography technology — ultrasound, and stereotactic breast biopsy.

I could write fluff about the terrific party but I prefer to write about the courageous and tireless efforts of the women and the volunteers who make this an on going supportive community for women in need.

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