The Ellen Hermanson Foundation To Host Summer Gala

The Ellen Hermanson Foundation will host its Summer Gala 2024 fundraising event on Saturday, July 13, from 6:30 to 11:30 PM at Bridgehampton Tennis & Surf Club in Bridgehampton. Enjoy oceanside cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the deck, dinner, dancing, and an auction, followed by an after-party beach bonfire and s’mores. 

The foundation will honor Dr. Fredric Weinbaum, medical doctor and former Chief Administrative Officer/COO of Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, and The Honorable Rebecca A. Seawright, Member of the New York State Assembly whose 3-D screening bill, signed into law, expands access to cancer screenings without cost sharing to include 3-D Mammography. 

The event will feature DJ Michael of East End Entertainment, cuisine by Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs, and Lucas Hunt, President of HUNT Auctioneers and a celebrated American Poet, as the Master of Ceremonies for the live auction. Jean Shafiroff, noted philanthropist and author, is the Gala Chair, along with the Young Professional Committee, Host Committee, and Board of Directors.

On February 15, The Ellen Hermanson Foundation awarded $363,000 in grants to further its mission of assisting people being treated for breast cancer. The funding advances the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, where no patients are turned away for lack of insurance, as well as its local satellite locations and Ellen’s Well, a psychosocial support program for patients. Grants were also awarded to members of The Ellen Hermanson Foundation Community Partnership to support bilingual outreach, social support, and breast care education for women without ready access to health care.

East End organizations that are members of The Ellen Hermanson Foundation Community Partnership include the Shinnecock Health Center at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, the Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational Center, OLA (Organización Latino-Americana) of Eastern Long Island, The Retreat and Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert Ellen Hermanson Memorial Symposium.

This year, funds raised will go toward acquiring a cutting-edge tomosynthesis mammography machine at the center, providing breast screenings and diagnostic procedures, allocating Ellen’s Well micro-grants for transportation and social services, supporting the Phillips Family Cancer Care Summit and paying a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), a nurse practitioner, and an oncology nurse patient navigator at Ellen’s Well.

The 29th Annual Ellen’s Run will occur on Sunday, August 18, at 9 AM, rain or shine, at Southampton Intermediate School. Visit to purchase gala tickets or preregister for the run.  

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