Hamptons Happening To Raise Money For Research


The 15th annual Hamptons Happening to benefit the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation will take place on Saturday, July 13, from 6:30 to 10:30 PM at 900 Lumber Lane in Bridgehampton.

Every year the benefit charms foodies with its array of dining options, and this year is no different. The new theme is “Tour de Cuisine,” providing guests with tastings from culinary destinations around the world. More than 350 guests are expected to attend.

The honorees this year are Chef Honoree, Lidia Bastianich, founder of Honoring Generations of the Bastianich Family; Restauranteur Honoree, Ian Duke, owner of Southampton Social Club, Union Burger Bar, and Union Cantina; Fashion Honoree, desiger Nicole Miller; and Business Honoree, Antonella Bertello, owner of The Baker House 1650.

“The proceeds generated by the Hamptons Happening help support more than 30 scientists who are some of the world’s brightest minds working diligently to develop a cure for cancer,” said Dr. Samuel Waxman, founder and CEO of the SWCRF.

“The SWCRF seeks to award $1.6 million in new grants this year, and community support is critically important in this effort,” he continued. “We are always grateful and moved by the generosity of our honorees, sponsors, guests, and the more than 30 participating chefs, restaurants, wine and spirit makers, and food purveyors who make this fun summer event possible.”

Hamptons Happening was one of the first charity events to offer tastings from both the South Fork of Long Island and bring in celebrated chefs from New York City. This year’s samples are by Attraversa, Backyard Brine, Baked by Melissa, The Baker House 1650, Becco, The Bristol, Candied Anchor, City Chefs Catering, Cutwater Spirits, Del Pesto, Felidia, Five Senses Catering, Haas Brothers, Harmless Harvest, Kurly Kurtosh, MarieBelle, Mercer’s, Otto, Owls Brew, Palm Bay International, Saaz, Simple Vodka, South Fork Bakery, Southampton Social Club, Super Coffee, Sydney’s “Taylor” Made, Splash, Union Burger Bar, and Union Cantina.

The food might get guests to the tent, but it’s the research that fuels the passion.

Since its humble beginnings in 1976, the Waxman Cancer Research Foundation has continued to uncover genetic and non-genetic changes that can cause cancer in the organs, in addition to blood-borne cancers like leukemia and lymphoma. The mission is clear: eradicate cancer through funding cutting-edge research. SWCRF has awarded more than $100 million to more than 200 researchers across the globe.

Music this year will be provided by Pat Farrell and the Cold Spring Harbor Band (“The Billy Joel Tribute Show”), and DJ Jarrell Entertainment will offer up all-night dancing. “America’s Got Talent” finalist Caly Bevier, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at only 15 years old, will additionally give a special performance.

The Hamptons Happening Event Chair is Marion Waxman. The event Co-Chair is Randi Schatz; Sponsorship Chair, Karen Amster-Young; Journal Chair, Erica Linden-Fineberg, and committee members include Chris Arlotta, Maria Fishel, Michelle Greenberg, Adi Heyman, Norah Lawlor, Jessica Mackin-Cipro, Laurie Schaffran, and Jessica Wasmuth. The event producer is Elissa Held.

Individual tickets start at $425, with a $200 ticket for young professionals. For tickets, go to www.waxmancancer.org.

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