Friday, July 17, 2015

Women's Health, Boys & Girls, Cancer Research, and Just Plain Summer Fun

The view from the Bayfront home of Alexandra Lebenthal and Jay Diamond where they hosted 12th Annual Beach Ball to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Bellport Area.
The Dubin Breast Center of The Tisch Cancer Institute at The Mount Sinai Health System held its 2nd Annual Fresh Air event at the Bridgehampton Tennis & Surf Club hosted by Wendy Hakim on Monday, July 13th. Guests had the opportunity to meet and hear from Mount Sinai Health System experts in breast cancer, lifestyle medicine, and women's health. The lovely summer morning featured organic juices and a light brunch. Gift bags were provided by Harry Winston.

Among the guests were celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe and Ina Garten, author and host of Barefoot Contessa on the Food Network, as well as Dubin Breast Center supporters including Lorinda Ash, Robin Aviv, Laura DeMare, Pamela Glassman, Mesi Jilly-Shashoua, Chris Mack, Tricia Pantzer, Zibby Right, Amanda Salzhauer, Nancy Steir, Nina Wexler, and Caryn Zucker.
Dr. Elisa Port, Rachel Zoe, and Pamela Glassman
The speakers included Elisa Port, MD, FACS, Co-Director of the Dubin Breast Center and Chief of Breast Surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital; Michael Brodman, MD, Ellen and Howard C. Katz, Chairman's Chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science; Jeffrey Mechanick, MD, Director of Metabolic Support in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Bone Disease; and Emily Sonnenblick, MD, Assistant Professor of Radiology.
Lisa Barr, Ina Garten, Tricia Pantzer, and Zibby Right
The Dubin Breast Center of The Tisch Cancer Institute provides a multidisciplinary, comprehensive approach to breast cancer screening, treatment and survivorship. Located at The Mount Sinai Hospital's main campus on New York City's Upper East Side, the 15,000-square-foot facility houses a full range of services, including cancer screening and biopsies, cancer treatment including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, wellness, patient and family support services, education, genetic counseling and testing, onco-fertility services, access to clinical trials, and survivorship support. The Center sees patients from every New York City neighborhood and throughout the Tri-State area, and provides full access to optimal care regardless of their ability to pay.

Representing a bold vision for breast cancer treatment and research, the Dubin Breast Center focuses on the holistic health and well-being of individuals with or at risk for cancer. Patients receive highly personalized, multidisciplinary care in a calming, private, and supportive setting.
Abbi Hoffman, Deb Landis, and Cheryl Davis
Amanda Salzhauer, Dr. Elisa Port, and Sylvia Atkins
Chris Mack and Maureen Sherry Klinski
Dr. Michael Brodman and Zibby Right
Dr. Jeffrey Mechanick, Dr. Emily Sonnenblick, Wendy Hakim, Dr. Elisa Port, and Dr. Michael Brodman
Ellen Hakim, Ina Garten, Wendy Hakim, and Halle Jaffe
Lisa Barr and Mesi Jilly-Shashoua
Jacqueline Stevens and Suzanne Strassburger
Lisa Barr, Tricia Pantzer, and Robin Kaplan
Lorinda Ash and Caryn Zucker
Nina Wexler and Laura DeMare
Tiffany Jones and Sateria Venable
Rori-Lynn Blatt, Nancy Steir, and Nina Wexler
Gift bags from Harry Winston
On Saturday, June 20th, The Boys & Girls Club of Bellport Area held their 12th Annual Beach Ball at the gorgeous Bayfront home of Alexandra Lebenthal and Jay Diamond. Over 550 people attended the festive affair and by the end of the night the event raised over $330,000, the largest amount raised in Beach Ball history.

A 6pm kick off; guests were treated to cocktails and delicious bites provided by Chef John Wiecks, and served by Boys & Girls Club teens. The evening also featured a spectacular Live and Silent auction themed around the "Art of Summer" with items ranging from an OMEGA watch to a personal Grucci Fireworks show.
Jay Diamond and Alexandra Lebenthal
Libby Ryan, Timmy Ryan, and Sue Hornik
Midway through the event, Executive Director, Tracie Romandetti, took the stage to thank all of the attendees and the organizers including Event Chair, Barry Podgorsky. Tracie then proceeded to introduce the club's 2015 Youth of the Year, Christina Colas. Christina was brought to the stage to speak about her incredible journey and how the club was such an important part of her life. "The Boys & Girls Club came through to me at a point in my life where I needed an escape, " Christina stated. She continued, "Just knowing that I had a group of people care about me put a smile on my face in times of darkness."

After Christina's moving speech, Christie's benefit auctioneer, Lydia Fenet took the stage for the live auction. Hot ticket items included a personal Grucci Fireworks show, which went for $8,000 to Alexandra Lebenthal, who then told Lydia that she would be donating the show to next year's Beach Ball event. Perhaps the most exciting item of the night was four VIP tickets to the Global Citizen Festival with VIP performances including Ed Sheeran, which sold for $10,000. Immediately following the auction, guests were escorted outside where they enjoyed an awe-inspiring private show from Fireworks by Grucci to close the evening in style.
Debbie Grucci and Phil Grucci
Katia Read and Howard Read
Christina Colas
Guests included: Alexandra Lebenthal and Jay Diamond, Barry Podgorsky, Debbie and Phil Grucci, Dana Buchman, James Danziger, John DeStefano, Jim and Libby Ryan, Howard and Katia Read, Mark Petheram, Michael Mullaney, Carl Hedin, Bob Morris, Jay Johnson, Tom Cashin, Stefan Beckman and Terence Noonan.
Bellport Boys & Girls Members
The Boys & Girls Club of the Bellport Area has been operating since 1965 as the Bellport Area Community Action Committee Inc. (B.A.C.A.C.) and affiliated with BGCA in 1996. The Club serves over 700 members, between the ages of 5-19, and many other youths through various annual activities. Members are young people from disadvantaged economic, social and family circumstances; nearly three-quarters of annual household incomes are $19,000 or less and one-third receive some form of government support.

Its mission is to inspire and enable all young people and especially those in the Bellport Area and South Shore. In 2012, they completed a 28,000 square-foot state-of-the art facility in North Bellport which includes teen & junior game rooms, teen & junior learning centers, computer lab, teaching kitchen, library, dance room, recording studio, gym and community room/theater. Historically, the North Bellport neighborhood is a high-need area that has suffered chronic indications of community disorganization, poverty, crime and drug abuse, gang violence, academic failure and high dropout rates.

All proceeds from the Beach Ball contribute to the operating expenses of the Boys & Girls Clubhouse and ensure that over 700 children, ages 5 through 19 have a safe place to learn, grow and most importantly, feel a sense of belonging and community.
Barry Podgorsky, Tracie Romandetti, and Carl Hedin
Ira Silverberg and Zoe Turnull
Dana Buchman
Jim Wood, Lynn Mercado, and John Sylvester
John DeStefano and Alexandra Beitel
Connie Vick and Jay Johnson
James Danziger
Joel Hershey, Diane Braun, and Joe Perillo
Charlotte Tyrone, Ellie Diamond, and Sophia Springer
Rob Morris and Daria Drew
Dennis Miller, Mylen Houston, and Terrence Dunan
Southampton Hospital CEO & President Robert Chaloner and Jean Remmel FitzSimmons, the chairman of Southampton Hospital's 57th Annual Summer Party, welcomed over 100 guests to a cocktail kickoff at a private home in Southampton on Saturday, June 13th. Chaloner and FitzSimmons thanked guests including Cliff and Raya Knight, Sandra McConnell, Melanie Wambold, and Patty and George Kraus for their support of the upcoming August 1st event, which will take place under the air-conditioned tents on Wickapogue Road, with dinner catered by Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs and music by the Alex Donner Orchestra. The Southampton Hospital's 57th Annual Summer Party will benefit the Jenny and John Paulson Emergency Department. For more information, visit
Jean Remmel FitzSimmons and Howard Marton
Bob Chaloner and Oscar Mandes
William and Anne Yawney
Ann Grinn and Joe Fuchs
Bill Heymen, Wendy Deitz, Katarina Feldman, and Leslie Feldman
George Kraus, Patricia Stewart, and Frank McNamara
Jefrrey Loewy, Nancyjane Loewy, and Cliff Knight
Colette Russell and Charles Russell
Melanie Wambold, Clif Knight, and Raya Kein
Leaders from the worlds of cuisine, business and fashion came together in support of cutting-edge cancer research at the eleventh annual A Hamptons Happening fundraiser on July 11 to benefit the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF).

Held at the beautiful Bridgehampton estate of Maria and Kenneth Fishel, the popular event was bigger than ever. Hosted for the fourth consecutive year by WCBS-TV news anchor Chris Wragge, the benefit honored business leaders Marc J. Leder, co-CEO of Sun Capital Partners, Inc. and Bobby Zarin, Chairman of Zarin Fabrics and real estate developer. American luxury fashion house St. John was the Fashion Honoree. 
Bradley Fishel, Maria Fishel, Marion Waxman, Dr. Samuel Waxman, Kenneth Fishel, and Melissa Fishel
The event broke previous fundraising records in its 11-year history, bringing in more than $500,000 with over $100,000 raised going to a thyroid cancer research grant established by Bobby Zarin, a thyroid cancer survivor, with his wife Jill Zarin in partnership with the SWCRF.

True to its reputation as the Hamptons’ leading philanthropic feast, A Hamptons Happening treated approximately 500 guests to the gastronomic delights presented by more than 30 of the top restaurants, caterers and food and beverage brands in New York City and the Hamptons. This year’s featured restaurateurs were Mauro Maccioni of the Le Cirque Restaurant Group, which includes Le Cirque, Sirio and Circo, and Chef John DeLancie of Crown Group Hospitality, which operates The Lion and Bill’s Food & Drink.
Gregory Mangia, Rachel Hyacinthe, Susanne Maloney, Gayle Scheck, Leta Saveikas, Jason Mabel, and Michelle Mabel
The benefit showcased beautiful artwork for purchase or on auction to raise funds for research. Domingo Zapata’s striking acrylic painting on canvas Thrill of Danger was offered for bid in the event’s online auction hosted on Charitybuzz. Hamptons artist Daniel Pollera presented his oil painting symbolizing the SWCRF’s mission to cure cancer “A Path to a Cure,” which benefits the SWCRF through proceeds from poster sales. Finally, American Expressionist Harold Garde, represented by ArtPort, presented 16 pieces from his SIGHTINGS collection of abstracted landscapes for sale.

Jon Stone
The evening’s awards ceremony was hosted by Chris Wragge, A Hamptons Happening founding co-chair Laurie Schaffran and SWCRF founder and CEO Samuel Waxman, M.D., who presented SWCRF awards to honorees Marc J. Leder and Bobby Zarin.  Leta Saveikis, St. John’s Vice President of Retail – Boutiques, accepted the SWCRF Fashion Icon honoree award on behalf of St. John.  Closing the show on a rousing note was country music artist Jon Stone of the duo American Young who surprised his friend Bobby Zarin with a performance of his Grammy-nominated hit song “Love is War” in tribute to their friendship.

The live auction conducted by Grandstand Sports offered luxurious items and experiences including dinner for ten prepared by Egidiana Maccioni, mother of Mauro Maccioni, co-owner of the Le Cirque Restaurant Group, a pair of his and her electric bikes by Polaris eBikes, and a baseball autographed by the three New York Yankees Perfect Game pitchers David Cone, Don Larsen and David Wells.  The online auction hosted on Charitybuzz offered a chance to bid on special experiences such as a virtual matchmaking session with Patti Stanger, star of Bravo’s “The Millionaire Matchmaker.”

A Hamptons Happening was chaired by event co-founders Marion Waxman and Laurie Schaffran as well as Michael Trokel and Pamela Morgan. Additional chairpersons included Jessica Cohen as auction chair, Kara Council as marketing chair, Erica Fineberg as journal chair, Sarah Sarpolis as PR and social media chair and Christine Silverstein as chefs chair.
Jill Zarin, Bobby Zarin, and Dr. Samuel Waxman
The A Hamptons Happening committee included Karen Amster-Young, Chris Arlotta, Tammy Caress,  Maria Fishel, Kenneth Fishel, Jennifer Gould Keil, Adrienne Kantor, Robert Kantor, Marcia Lavipour, Jessica Mackin, Mario Pecoraro, Edward Sadovnik, Jamie Safier, Bettina Waxman, Spencer Waxman and Jill Zarin.

Financial sponsorships were provided by Douglas Elliman Real Estate, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, Northern Trust, Palm Bay International, St. John, Sun Capital Partners, Inc. and Spencer and Bettina Waxman.  Beer, wine and spirits were provided by Ommegang Beer, Palm Bay International Wines and Double Cross Vodka, respectively.  Music was by hot New York DJ Super Dave provided by Allen Dalton Production. Event production was by LBS Productions.
Daniel Pollera
The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation is an international organization dedicated to curing and preventing cancer. The Foundation is a pioneer in cancer research and its mission is to eradicate cancer by funding cutting-edge research that identifies and corrects abnormal gene function that causes cancer and develops minimally toxic treatments for patients. Through the Foundation’s collaborative group of world-class scientists, the Institute Without Walls, investigators share information and tools to speed the pace of cancer research. Since its inception in 1976, the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation has awarded approximately $90 million to support the work of more than 200 researchers across the globe.
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Ruth Finley, and Dr. Samuel Waxman
Christine and Jordan Silverstein
Laurie Schaffran, Sarah Sarpolis, Kara Council, and Marion Waxman
Jennifer Gould Keil and John Siegel
Marc Leder
Lucia Hwong Gordon
Marc Leder and Chris Wragge
Leta Saveikas
Marion Waxman, David Landay, Sam Herman, and Edward Sadovnik
Mark Masone, Marion Waxman, and Dr. Samuel Waxman
Mauro Maccioni, Pamela Morgan, and Michael Trokel
Mario Pecoraro and Christine Arlotta
Ruth Finley, and Dr. Samuel Waxman
Catching up. This past June 10th, Sandy Weill hosted his annual National Academy Foundation Benefit at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. This year's event honored Cisco Systems and KPMG.

The event raises money for a program designed to provide students from lower income families with opportunities to get a good high school education and go on to college while exposing them to specific growth industries.
Carl Carande, National Managing Partner, Advisory at KPMG, accepts the Corporate Citizen Award
The Benefit is the National Academy Foundation's signature event, and celebrates the meaningful interactions between business leaders and academy students that position young people for lifelong success, invigorate the workforce, and help to build a stronger economy.

The Benefit is unique in that students are at the heart of the evening. Each year, students from academies across the country attend the event to showcase their work, practice their networking skills, and meet role models from the business community.
JD Hoye, President of NAF, with NAF Board Members James D Robinson III, General Partner and Co-Founder, RRE Ventures, NAF Founder Sandy Weill, Joseph J. Plumeri II, Senior Advisor, KKR & Co L.P.; Member of the Board of Directors, First Data Corporation, Eugene Ludwig, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Promontory Financial Group, LLC, and Ronald A. Williams, Chairman & CEO, RW2 Enterprises, LLC
NAF Founder Sandy Weill with NAF Alum Atul Kapoor
NAF Alum Josuel Plasencia with Mark A. Standish, Managing Partner, Deimos Asset Management LLC and NAF Board Member
Bernie Sheridan of Travelers with students from Pathways Academy of Design and Technology from Hartford, CT at NAF's Annual Benefit
Marc Reed, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Verizon Communications, and Michael Glickman, Senior Vice President, Cisco Systems accepts the Innovator Award for STEM Education
JD Hoye, President of NAF, with Katie Robinson
Students from Scotlandville High School Academy of Engineering in Louisiana network with guests
Melissa Lukasiewicz, with Aflac Global Investments and Melanie Lyon of Oglivy & Mather, with Coca Cola Scholar Megan Goldberg
Students from Northport High School Academy of Finance
Students from Manhattan Bridges High School Academy of Information Technology

Photographs by Patrick McMullan; John-Paul Teutonico (Dubin)