Samuel L. Stanley Jr., the Stony Brook University president, was the Distinguished Leadership Honoree at the 18th annual Hamptons Heart Ball on June 28.
The American Heart Association presents the annual award based on his or her commitment to the mission of the nonprofit.
Stanley was honored for his work at the university supporting research to fight heart disease and stroke.
Kenneth Kaushanky, the senior vice president of health sciences and dean of Stony Brook University School of Medicine, introduced Stanley at the ceremony. Stanley accepted the honor in front of 750 guests at the Hayground School in Bridgehampton.
“It was a significant honor to receive such an award,” he said. “Stony Brook University is committed to fight heart disease and stroke through research and medical innovation. We support the American Heart Association’s mission of educating the community about these fatal diseases and generating funding for important research that will save lives.”
L. Reuven Pasternak, the CEO of Stony Brook University Hospital, also attended to support his colleague.
The Hamptons Heart Ball is one of the American Heart Association’s largest fundraising efforts throughout the country. The annual Heart Ball campaign raises millions each year for the organization, with last year’s numbers totaling more than$51 million.