Dr Samuel Waxman

Jean Shafiroff

Maria Fishel

More than 300 guests attended the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation’s 19th Annual Hamptons Happening, one of the Hamptons’ most prominent social events of the summer season. The event was held at the beautiful Bridgehampton estate of hosts Kenneth and Maria Fishel. More than $450,000 was raised and will be invested toward groundbreaking cancer research. 


Sarah Wragge With CBS News Icon Chris Wragge & Family

Pamela Morgan

“Since its founding, SWCRF has invested more than $100 million towards collaborative cancer research,” said William T. Sullivan, SWCRF executive director. “This year, funds raised from the Hamptons Happening will support the launch of the SWCRF Mission Possible Research Program, a new project that will support six leading investigators this fall.”


Lori Scott And WPIX Legend Marvin Scott

Cagri Kanver

The Mission Possible grants will fund projects to investigate new preventions and treatments for cancer designed to help us live longer, heathier lives with less risk of cancer as we age. 

At the event, SWCRF presented Chef Ralph Scamardella, EVP and Chief Culinary Officer, Tao Group Hospitality, with this year’s Hospitality and Service Award, Lori and Scott Levine, co-founders of Scott’s Protein Balls, with the Outstanding Product Award, Denise Albert, CEO and co-founder of My Cancer Family, the Community Service Award, and Anna Zuckerman, Founder and Chief Designer at Anna Zuckerman is the 2023 recipient of the  Fashion Cares Award.


Sara Shala

Attendees at the beloved event enjoyed a night of delicious tastings from dozens of chefs, restaurants, and beverage companies (full list below) as well as were treated to a live auction facilitated by the event’s official auctioneer: Heritage Auctions.

Kenneth Fishel With Maria Fishel

Harry Carson

Notable attendees included: Dr. Samuel Waxman, Marion Waxman, Jean Shafiroff, Chef Ralph Scamardella, Lori Levine, Scott Levine, Anna Zuckerman, Denise Albert, Ken Fishel, Maria Fishel, Bess Freedman, Mark D. Friedman, Jamie Koff, Bess Freedman, Bryan Griffin, Elena Gibbs, Erica Feinberg, Chris Wragge, Sarah Wragge, Bill Sullivan, Harry Carson and Pamela Morgan 

Gold Sponsor: Theodore A. Rapp Foundation 

Bronze Sponsors:
Jay W. Eisenhofer


VIP Sponsors: Ken & Maria Fishel, Bess Freedman, Brown Harris Stevens, Brown Harris Stevens-The Friedman-Rosenthal Team, Scott’s Protein Balls, Tao Group Hospitality, Anna Zuckerman 

Supporting Sponsors: Eurostruct Inc., Fabric to Finish, My Cancer Family, Taub Family Companies, Palm Bay International, and Tito’s Vodka 

Media Sponsors: Lawlor Media Group, Hamptons Magazine, and James Lane Post. 

Official Transportation Sponsor: Tote Taxi 

Step Up To Turn Cancer Off Sponsors: Crunch Gym, New Rez, Tradeweb, The Brown-Polloch Charitable Trust  

Hamptons Happening event is chaired by Mark D. Friedman of Brown Harris Stevens and Jamie Koff, Fabric to Finish with co-chairs Bess Freedman and Bryan Griffin and Journal Chair Erica Fineberg. 

The event committee included Alexandra Adame, Karen Amster-Young, Chris Arlotta, Arthur Backal, Antonella Bertello, Dawn Celovsky, Gina Conzo, Maxine Danowitz, Maria Fishel, Elena Gibbs, Nathalie Cohen Gould, Leslie Keidan, Dina Koutroumanis, Norah Lawlor, Jessica Mackin, Gennaro Pecchia, Christine Prydatko, and Randi Schatz. 

The Hamptons Happening featured tastings included:

Tao Group Hospitality / Chef Ralph Scamardella, Lavo, Luchini Italian, 317 Main / Chef Eric Levine, A La Mode Ice Cream, Alidoro / Chef John Streep,  Peter Ambrose, Arlotta Food Studio, Bellissima Prosecco & Wine by Christie Brinkley, Bero International, Centro Trattoria and Bar, Chef Harold Moore, Chef Francois Payard, Cagri Kanver of El Turco Hamptons, El Verano / Chef Julian Medina, FIELDTRIP / Chef JJ Johnson, Herradura Tequila, House of Saturn CafĂ©, Lemon Perfect, Magnolia Bakery, North Fork Craft Wines & Spirits, Crush Wine XP, Ovelia Psistaria / Chef Peter Giannakas, Scott’s Protein Balls, Spritz Society, T-Bar Steak & Lounge, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Tommy Bahama / Chef Wade Ganache, Woodford Reserve. 

About the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF):

The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation is an international organization dedicated to curing and preventing cancer. The Foundation is a pioneer in cancer research and its mission is to eradicate cancer by funding cutting-edge research that identifies and corrects abnormal gene function that causes cancer and develops minimally toxic treatments for patients. Through the Foundation’s collaborative group of world-class scientists, the Institute Without Walls, investigators share information and tools to speed the pace of cancer research. Since its inception in 1976, the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation has awarded more than $100 million to support the work of more than 200 researchers across the globe. 

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Photos Courtesy Of Lawlor Media Group / Patrick McMullan