Photos By: Patrick McMullan

Jean Shafiroff With Geraldo Rivera

Jean Shafiroff And Julie Ratner

Jean Shafiroff With Geraldo Rivera, Erica Rivera And Jennifer Finkelstein

New York philanthropist and author Jean Shafiroff chaired the The Ellen Hermanson Starry Night Gala this past Saturday, July 23rd. The Ellen Hermanson Foundation proudly honored Jennifer Finkelstein of 5 Under 40 Foundation and the doctors, nurses and medical staff of The Ellen Hermanson Breast Center of Southampton Hospital. In her opening remarks, Jean Shafiroff expressed the importance of giving back to the community, and the impact the Starry Night Gala has on aiding medically underserved women. Dr. Julie Ratner honored her sister, late Ellen Hermanson, and her mission to bring awareness to early detection and educating breast cancer patients who need the most support.

Mark And Marianne Epley

Martin Shafiroff With Anna Throne-Holst

Over 300 philanthropists, friends, and celebrities were welcomed in celebration of Ellen Hermanson Foundation’s two decades of achievements. Singer, Meredith O’Conner performed while guests enjoyed delicious fare served by Chris Robbins of Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs. Guests had the opportunity to bid in a silent auction for merchandise from generous donors such as a private dinner in your home by Chef Ann Ogden, tickets and dinner to the Metropolitan Opera, spa treatments, and a foursome of golf at Baiting Hollow. The Charity Buzz auction will remain online until August.

Amanda Hope With Ann Ciardullo

Jean Shafiroff With Carl Kempner & Valerie Kempner

Notable Attendees Include: Martin and Jean Shafiroff, Dr. Julie Ratner, Emily Levin, Geraldo Rivera and wife Erica Rivera, Robert Chaloner, Dee Rivera, Mayor Mark Epley and his wife Marianne, Iron Chef’s Alexandra Guarnaschelli, Anne Burrel, Valerie and Carl Kempner, Bobbie Braun, Anna Throne-Holst, TV Producer Wendy Nuess, Patti Kenner, Steve Bernstein, Greg D’Elia, Dawne Marie Grannum, Lee Fryd, Jodi and Jack Wasserman, Debra Halpert, Rebecca Seawright, Flo Anthony, and Robin Cofer.

About the Ellen Hermanson Foundation:

The Ellen Hermanson Foundation was established in 1997 to honor the memory of Ellen Hermanson and carry on the important work to which she devoted so much of her time and energy. An activist and an advocate, Ellen channeled her journalistic talents to become a forceful voice for breast cancer patients and their families. The Foundation is unique in its commitment to helping breast cancer patients and their families cope with the changing nature of the physical and emotional aspects of breast cancer and in its commitment to keeping the money it raises in the local community.

Sponsors of Starry Night included: Jean and Martin Shafiroff, Ann Ciardullo, Dr. Constance Chen and Dr. Steven Warren, Bobbie Braun and the Neuwirth Foundation, Patti Kenner, Julie Ratner, Jodie and Jack Wasserman, Southampton Hospital, Polo-Ralph Lauren Foundation, Calvin Klein Family Foundation, Niche Imports and Hamptons Magazine.