WINTER GALA “DENIM AND DIAMONDS” BENEFITING THE ELLEN HERMANSON FOUNDATION TO “GIVE BREAST CANCER THE BOOT”
By: Joan Kraisky
Chicly dressed in boots and cowboy hats, supporters warmed up the dance floor “to Give Breast Cancer the Boot,” at the Ellen Hermanson Foundation’s winter gala “Denim and Diamonds on Feb 13, 2016 230 Elm Street in Southampton.
Anna Throne-Holst, Honoree Susie Barry Rodin
Frigid weather could not stop Southampton Hospital President Robert S. Chaloner, Julie Ratner, Hope Kramer, Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst and Gallerist Tulla Booth from coming out to honor activists Susie Barry Roden, founder of the Coalition for Women’s Cancers and Charline Spektor, owner of Book Hampton.
Julie Ratner, Dr, Constance M. Chen, Dr. Stephen M. Warren
Keeping the fires burning by serving scrumptious foods were Alexa Wolf and Sondra Vecchio of Smokin’ Wolf, Bob and Dara Abrams of Little Red, Chris Tonti and Chris Robbins of Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs, Lobster Grille Inn, Chef Jeff Catering, and Marie De Jesus Deli & Grocery. Gleeful attendees enjoyed festive libations from Nate Payne of the Crooked Ladder Brewing Co., David Rosen of Ubons Bloody Mary Co., 50 Bleu, Niche Import Co., Red Puro Imports; J.R. Revelry and Sara and Bernard Kiembock of Dona Sarita Mezcal. Celebrating Susie’s birthday, a pink and white birthday cake, decorated generously with butter-cream roses was served for dessert along with delicious confections from Erica’s Rugelach and Baking Company, Julie Bakes and, Keren Bakes, Yummy!
Chris Robbins of Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs
The Ellen Hermanson Foundation was established in 1997 in loving memory of Ellen Hermanson, a journalist and advocate for early detection of breast cancer. She actively worked to educate readers about the challenges facing breast cancer patients and their families, including, pain management. Focusing on continuing Ellen’s work, the Foundation, which primarily serves breast cancer patients on the East End of Long Island, provides educational outreach to medically under-served communities and psychosocial support to patients and their families.
Ed Segal, Tulla Booth (Tulla Booth Gallery, Sag Harbor)
This year, August 21 2016, will mark the 21st annual 5K race, Ellen’s Run, a grassroots event, which continues to raise money for the local community by supporting the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center at Southampton Hospital and funding much of its state of the art technology. In addition, funds raised by Ellen’s Run support Ellen’s Well, a program providing psychosocial support for breast cancer survivors. To learn more about The Ellen Hermanson Foundation and Ellen’s Run, visit their website, www. Ellen’s Run.com.
Charles Austin, Lynn Silver
Sam Eskenazi with Bob and Dara Abrams of Little Red