Holiday Gatherings and Collaborations

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Rob Munro leads the Haggis Presentation escorted by Michaela J.S. Murphy, Roderick E. Kerr, Jr, Graeme Hawkins, and Dr. Doreen Wray Roth at the Saint Andrew’s Society of the State of New York's 265th Anniversary Banquet.

LongHouse Reserve welcomed more than 200 guests at their annual Holiday Gathering on Sunday, November 28th. Friends and families sipped hot chocolate or warm mulled (or hard) apple ciders, and enjoyed Dreesen’s famous freshly baked donuts. Horticulturist Holger Winenga and docents led tours of the winter blooming witch-hazels and the Red Garden, and there was a bonfire outside to help stay warm.

Families with children, old supporters and new friends mingled.  The Drinkwater Brothers performed on guitar with LongHouse board vp, Lee Skolnick making a special cameo.  Other Board Members in mingling included Dianne Benson, Dr. Derick George, Nina Gillman, Peter H. Olsen, Suzanne Slesin, and James Zajac.

Dianne Benson and Jim Zajac.
T​he Drinkwater Brothers​ with special guest​ Lee​ H.​ Skolnick.

LongHouse Director, Carrie Rebora Barratt, welcomed guests: “Wonderful having you here and very excited to meet you all.  Our next season includes important art, improved gardens, and a warm welcoming LongHouse. We’re looking forward to installations by the Ladd Brothers and an important Chinese bamboo artist, Cheng-Tsung Feng, plus a birdhouse by Edwina von Gal. We’re planning concerts and dance.  LongHouse will become more green plus plans for a new snowdrop garden and renewing our moss garden. We’re all so excited!”

LongHouse Reserve will be open the next two weekends (4th – 5th and 11th – 12th) with timed-tickets at, before closing for the winter. The community will still welcome on the grounds by appointment, by calling 631.329.3568 to make a reservation.

LongHouse Reserve, a stunning 16-acre nature reserve and sculpture garden in East Hampton, exemplifies living with art in all forms. Founded by Jack Lenor Larsen, its collections, gardens, sculpture and programs reflect world culture and teach the fostering of a creative life.

Ingrid and Dr. Derick George.
James, Matilda, and Hala Salomon.
John Githens, Rebecca Chapman, and Peter Olsen.
L. to r.: Holger Winenga; Eva Gentile, Diane Toner, Charlie Gentile, and William Gentile.
Lee Skolnick, Carrie Barratt, Holger Winenga, and Dianne Benson.
Nina Gillman, Elena Glinn, and John Githens.
Patricia and Michael Stark.
Sara, Isabella, and John DiCamillo.
Dreesen’s Donuts.

Over two hundred members and guests of the Saint Andrew’s Society of the State of New York gathered on Friday, November 19th, at the Society’s 265th Anniversary Banquet. Gary Maclean, Scotland’s National Chef and Executive Chef at City of Glasgow College, was presented with the “Sammy” Award.

The “Sammy,” also known as the Mark Twain Award, honors leaders in their fields who have had a positive impact on the Scots community around the world.

David M. Murphy, 103rd President of the Saint Andrew’s Society, presents the Mark Twain “Sammy” Award to Gary Maclean.

Mr. Maclean has held executive chef positions in some of Scotland’s largest independent operators.  A Fellow of the Master Chefs of Great Britain and the International Institute of Hospitality Management, he was inducted into the Scotland Colleges Hall of Fame in 2019.

MasterChef of the BBC and the author of Kitchen Essentials: The Joy of Home Cooking, Mr. Maclean has his own BBC Show, Corner Shop Cook Off. He is an ambassador for Scottish food and food education and as Scotland’s National Chef supports the Scottish Government in food health and education.

Jeanne Chenault Porter, Co-Chair Richard Porter, Julia Adam, and James Adam.

The Mount Kisco Scottish Pipes and Drums escorted guests to dinner, which was followed by presentation of the Haggis, toasts, a live auction and musical performances.

Founded in 1756, Saint Andrew’s Society of the State of New York is the oldest charitable organization in New York State. The Society embraces its original mission of helping Scots in need through its Almoner Program. The Society also supports graduate students in the USA and in Scotland and provides support to children’s hospitals in both countries.

Co-Chairs Margaret RK Kennedy and Lesley MacLennan Denninger.
L. to r.: Anne Kerr, Co-Chair John Blankley, and Vera Blankley; Jennifer St. Victor-de Pinho and Christopher St. Victor-de Pinho, Baron and Baroness of Pentland.
Tom and Fiona Higgins.
Back row: Elizabeth Jamieson, Andrew Roth, Allison Roth, Quinn Larkin,
James Murphy, and Bruce Dey. Front row: Dr. Doreen Wray Roth, Dr. Douglas Roth, Kristin Murphy, and Vickie Dey.
Dermod Sullivan, Anne Elser, Mark Wisedorf, Jane Whitman Ogden, Lorraine Bell, Jean Carson, Heather Bain, Peter Trunfio, Leslie Brough, and Josephine Dobkin.
Emma Wade-Smith OBE, HM Consul General to New York, and Honoree Gary Maclean.
James Heggie III, Anne Teasdale, and Fred MacEachron.
The Fraser family.

The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation hosted its 24th annual Collaborating for a Cure Gala at Cipriani Wall Street. Aptly themed Together Again,  The evening raised more than $4 million

This year, SWCRF presented its Fashion Cares Award to Debra S. Waller, Chairman and CEO of Jockey International, Inc. and its first-ever Breakthrough Science Award to Dr. Kevan Shokat, from the University of San Francisco. Waller, who has been personally impacted by cancer in her family, was recognized for her commitment to eradicating cancer and decades of philanthropy. Jockey COO Mark Fedyk and the Jockey team represented and accepted the award on behalf of Waller.

The evening’s host Michael Nierenberg and emcee Chris Wragge welcomed everyone. Dr. Waxman gave a presentation followed by a video of Dr. Kevan Shokat’s extraordinary work. Dr. Shokat’s video presentation can be viewed here:

Dr. Shokat, recently discovered a new compound that effectively shuts off one of the most common cancer-causing genetic mutations – the overactive KRAS protein.

The protein which is a driver in lung, colorectal, and pancreatic cancers was considered “undruggable” for decades. AfterWa 15 years of research and significant investments from SWCRF, a new FDA-approved medication is now available that shrinks these tumors by up to 50 percent with remarkably low toxicity.

L. to r.: Mark Fedyk, Erica Feinberg, and Matthew Waller; Dr. Ethan Dmitrovsky and Tess Dmitrovsky.

Also, SWCRF announced a new collaboration with the Tisch Cancer Institute at Mt. Sinai to expand the Foundation’s Aging and Cancer program including partnerships with the National Cancer Institute, National Institute on Aging, and the Israel Cancer Research Foundation. The Foundation is funding breakthrough research to combat breast and ovarian cancer.

Over the past 10 years, SWCRF has allocated $4 million to its Women’s Cancer Research Program and is currently funding $1,550,000 to 15 scientists working on finding new treatments for breast and ovarian cancer.

The evening’s gala featured a live concert by Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit with very special guest artist Warren Haynes.

Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit with guest artist Warren Haynes 1

The evening included a silent and live auction, with the main prize a seven-day Caribbean cruise aboard an 80-foot, solar-powered, luxury catamaran. Other items included four tickets to Mr. Isbell and The 400 Unit, Candy the dog, 7 day Tuscany vacation, dinner for 16 at Cipriani vault, to name just a few.

Among those attending:  Deborah Kamali, Erica Feinberg, Matthew Waller, Michael Nierenberg, Elin Nierenberg, Jonny Nierenberg, Dr. Ethan Dmitrovsky, Tess Dmitrovsky, Chris Wragge, Allie Gorin, Jody Gorin, Matt Gorin, David Ronzenhole, Dena Weiner, William Sullivan, Dennis Loyola, Ruben Fajardo, Cesar Ricci, Howard and Nancy Kurz, Vinnie Cammarata, Spencer and Bettina Waxman, Randi Schatz, David Hinkelman, Nick Santoro.

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Mark Fedyk, Dr. Samuel Waxman, and Dr. Kevan Shokat.
Dr. Samuel Waxman and Marion Waxman.
Dr. Kevan Shokat and Deborah Kamali.
L. to r.: Vinnie Cammarata; William T. Sullivan; Chris Wragge.
Michael and Elin Nierenberg.
Dennis Loyola, Ruben Fajardo, and Cesar Ricci.
Allie Gorin, Jody Gorin, and Matt Gorin.

Photographs by Richard Lewin (LongHouse); Nuala Purcell & John Sanderson/ (Saint Andrew’s); Jared Siskin/PMC (Waxman).

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