How Socialites in The Hamptons Flatten the Cancer Curve

The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) was proud to hold the return of one of the biggest charity events of the summer, The Hamptons Happening! Socialites, influencers and New York’s elite crowd came out to support the 17th annual event themed around health and wellness, and the culmination of The Global Walk to Flatten the Cancer Curve with SWCRF partner, Walk with a Doc.


Event committee members Maria Fishel and Kenneth Fishel were the gracious hosts of the ticketed fundraiser on their illustrious estate in Bridgehampton.

Each year, the foundation selects honorees that aid in its mission, with this year’s honorees including HUGO BOSS, Fashion Inc. represented by Rodolfo Esparza III; Dr. Kenneth Mark, Skin Cancer & Cosmetic Dermatology Expert; Natalie Cohen Gould, Co-founder of Come Back Cycle, Director of Wholesale, FP Movement; and Chef and Restaurateur David Burke, of David Burke Hospitality Management.

The summer event, which was founded by Chair President Marion Waxman, and was co-chaired by Mark D. Friedman of Brown Harris Stevens, Jessica Mackin of James Lane Post, and Randi Schatz. SWCRF founder Samuel Waxman MD, along with event committee members Christine Arlotta, Antonella Bertello, Erica Fineberg, Maria Fishel, Jacqueline Frank, Norah Lawlor, Jamie Koff, Christine Prydatko, Suzanne Sabet, and Michael Snell.

Notable attendees included: the Waxmans, the Fishels, Esparza III, Dr. Mark, Chef Burke, Cohen Gould, Jamie Koff, Mark D. Friedman, Chris Wragge, Harry Carson, Ramona Singer, Jean Shafiroff, Tommy Tollesson, Eric Winnick, Randi Schatz, Ann Liguori, William T. Sullivan, Cesar Ricci, Michael Nierenberg, Elin Nierenberg, Jonny Nierenberg, Tori Chanenchuk, Ali Nierenberg, Erica Fineberg, Steven Carter, Philip Greenwald, Dr. Nicholas Perricone, Michael Tadross, Matthew Yee, Vincent Wolf, Suzanne Sabet, Hormoz Sabet, Debbie Shlafmitz, Howard Shlafmitz, Sarah Shlafmitz, Craig Rivera and Cordelia Rivera.

This year, the Hamptons Happening was a cocktail chef-tasting experience, which featured a dozen chefs and distilleries from the surrounding NYC and Hamptons area providing elevated samples of their favorite dishes, cocktails and mocktails. The event also featured appearances by VIPS like Hall of Fame linebacker Harry Carson of the NY Giants, Chris Wragge, anchor of CBS 2 Morning News, Singer of The Real Housewives of New York, and a performance by Freestyle Love Supreme, a Tony Award-Winning Broadway Musical Improv Group.

After the opening performance by Freestyle Love Supreme, Wragge welcomed guests to the Hamptons Happening. Following a brief interview and foundation overview with founder Dr. Waxman, the honorees were awarded by Sullivan, Executive Director of the SWCRF. This year, the foundation was pleased to announce that with tickets purchased and auction item bids, the event raised more than $400,000.

The virtual walk’s mission was to raise international awareness and funds for life-saving cancer research. It was held in partnership to The Hamptons Happening where participants logged their steps during the 11-day span with the aim of accumulating a total of 25,000 miles, enough to travel around the world. The virtual fundraising walk collected an amazing $100,000 for cancer research which after a year focused on other global priorities, is much needed!

Waxman noted “The incidence of cancer is rising around the world, with advanced age being the most significant risk factor. More than 60 percent of Americans diagnosed with cancer are 65 and older.”

SWCRF, in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute and National Institute on Aging, is leading the way in funding the scientists who are working towards the next breakthrough in cancer treatments. Events such as The Hamptons Happening help to raise awareness and the funds necessary to continue the crucial research and propel their mission forward.