The 15th Annual Hamptons Happening, one of the Hamptons much-anticipated summer social events, will honor luminaries in the world of cuisine, business and fashion who are supporting the groundbreaking research of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF). Guests will rub elbows with celebrity chef honoree, Lidia Bastianich and generations of the Bastianich family; restaurateur honoree, Ian Duke, legendary owner of three restaurants in the South Fork; business honoree, Antonella Bertello, real estate entrepreneur and owner of the historic and luxurious The Baker House 1650 bed and breakfast in East Hampton; and iconic womenswear designer Nicole Miller as fashion honoree.
This year, the Hamptons Happening has been reinvented to bring guests the flavors of the world to Bridgehampton for one night. More than 350 guests will skip a trip to the airport and instead, book “first class” tickets to the 15th Annual Hamptons Happening “Tour de Cuisine” on July 13 to enjoy food, wine and spirit tastings representing some of the favorite culinary destinations around the world.
“The Bastianich family is honored to lend our support to the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation who, for more than 40 years, has made a difference in the lives of countless people living with cancer,” said Lidia Bastianich. “We applaud the foundation’s cutting-edge work with the science community to shut down the DNA of cancer. I ask you to support this event and the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation, so they may do even more to eradicate cancer,” said Lidia Bastianich
“I am thrilled to be honored by The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation. The organization’s funding for innovation research is leading the cancer treatment revolution and has helped countless people living with Cancer. I urge everyone to support this event and the Samuel Waxmen Cancer Research Foundation so they can continue to change the lives of people living with Cancer,” said fashion designer Nicole Miller who heads her global womenswear brand Nicole Miller.
“I’m very grateful to have been named as an honoree this year by the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation. It is beyond flattering. I must say though that I think we have this all backwards. It should be all of those working tirelessly for the foundation that should be honored, not me, because of the lives that have been extended, improved and saved from their research. None of it happens without the work of such an amazing collaboration. We are all forever in their debt as I’m sure that every single one of us has a loved one who has been directly impacted by the research and work done by the foundation,” said restaurateur Ian Duke, owner of Southampton Social Club, Union Burger Bar and Union Cantina.
“When I was asked to get involved with the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation, I was truly honored and thrilled to be able to contribute to such an amazing cause and their sensational, collaborative research. I lost my father (who I adored) to cancer (lung, lymph and bone) when he was only 46 years old as well as many close relatives and friends. I know we have all been deeply affected by this disease and I could not be more pleased, and happy to put my grain of sand to help advance their innovative research,” said Antonella Bertello, owner of The Baker House 1650.
“The proceeds generated by the Hamptons Happening help support more than 30 scientists who are some of the world’s brightest minds working diligently to develop a cure for cancer. The SWCRF seeks to award $1,600,000 in new grants this year and community support is critically important in this effort,” said Samuel Waxman, M.D., founder and CEO of the SWCRF. “We are always grateful and moved by the generosity of our honorees, sponsors, guests, and the more than 30 participating chefs, restaurants, wine and spirit makers and food purveyors who make this fun summer event possible.”
Pat Farrell and the Cold Spring Harbor Band (The Billy Joel Tribute Show) and DJ Jarrell Entertainment will have guests dancing under the tent all night. Rising pop star Caly Bevier who was a finalist on America’s Got Talent after an ovarian cancer diagnosis at age 15, will delight fans with a special performance.
In its 15th year, the Hamptons Happening was one of the first charity events for cancer research to offer tastings from South Fork’s and New York City’s most celebrated chefs. While the Hamptons summer calendar has become filled with an assortment of food- and wine-related events, only the Hamptons Happening supports research that is uncovering the genetic and non-genetic changes that lead to cancer in the brain, breast, ovaries, pancreas, prostate, and other organs as well as blood-borne cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma.
For a complete listing of participating restaurants and beverage sponsors, please visit www.waxmancancer.org/hamptons.
About the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF)
The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit 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.
For more information on SWCRF, visit: www.waxmancancer.org
For more information on The Hamptons Happening, ticket packages and sponsorships, visit
www.waxman.org/hamptons or call 212-867-4502.