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A Hamptons Happening to Remember

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

“Cancer doesn’t know what it’s up against. Give it hell, John,” former President Obama tweeted in regards to John McCain’s diagnosis of cancer.

Giving cancer hell is what the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCFR) works toward every day. Their goal is to cure cancer for good, and so on August 5, the 13th Annual “A Hamptons Happening” raised money for the foundation’s research programs.

The event was hosted by CBS 2 News Anchor Chris Wragge. He honored the philanthropic contributions of First Wall Street Capital Chairman and CEO Glenn Myles, Chief Baking Officer of Magnolia Bakery Bobbie Lloyd (who created Hamptons Happenings cupcakes sold at the bakery for the week leading up to the event with proceeds given to SWCRF), producer and author Shep Gordon, Michelin Star recipient Gabriel Kreuther, and Fashion Group International President and CEO Margaret Hayes. Every one of the honorees were deeply grateful through their acceptance speeches, especially Founding Chair Marion Waxman, who was given a bouquet of flowers by SWCRF Executive Director William T. Sullivan.

The biggest news of the event was the announcement of two new SWCRF grants, in collaboration with the Ann Ligouri Foundation and the Kate McGarrigle Foundation, for research in sarcoma and ovarian cancer. Ann Liguori presented a $15,000 check to Dr. Samuel Waxman, the SWCRF Founder and CEO.

Next up in the night was the auction run by Lucas Hunt, and the evening’s highest bid was for a private meet-and-greet with Rufus Wainright, and the month-only donation of the Steinway piano on which Wainright would perform later on in the evening. The bid was for $20,000. Other items sold were Arlotta Cashmere loungewear, a Trattoria L’Incontro dinner for 12, an Il Buco $5,000 dinner package and much more.

As typical to “A Hamptons Happening,” New York’s finest cuisine was available to the 500 guests in attendance. Honoree Chef Gabriel Kreuther was one of many of the top chefs who attended to present their delicious meals and drinks. Some of the other restaurants represented were Centro Trattoria and Bar, Eataly, Calissa, Neuman’s Kitchen and Candied Anchor.   

Among the guests were Lori Stokes, Sharon Wilkes Kinberg and Robert Kinberg, Sybil and David Yurman, Elin and Michael Nierenberg, Maria and Kenneth Fishel, Sandy and Marc Taub, Pamela Morgan, Norena Barbella, Laurie Schaffran, James Frankel, Lewis A. Rubin, Gary Jacob, Bettina and Spencer Waxman, Julie and Scott Waxman, Scott Vallery Mark Petracca, Cesar Ricci, Karen Amster-YoungChris ArlottaJake CromanErica Linden-FinebergJacob Frisch, Jessica Mackin-CiproJennifer Saraf Myles, Glenn Myles, Sarah Wragge, Elle Winter and Jake Taub.

The National Circus Project entertained guests all evening with incredible tricks, and the night ended with performances by Rufus Wainwright and Sophie Beem at the spectacular Bridgehampton estate.


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