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Pink Pearl Gala, North Fork Breast Health Coalition’s Annual Fundraiser

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Pink Pearl Gala, North Fork Breast Health Coalition’s Annual Fundraiser

Supporters gathered for The Pink Pearl Gala, North Fork Breast Health Coalition’s Annual Fundraiser April 12 at the Sea Star Ballroom, Hyatt Place in Riverhead, Long Island.

The North Fork Breast Health Coalition celebrated breast cancer survivors and thrivers, providers and caregivers at the NFBHC Annual Pink Pearl Gala on Friday, April 12.

The cocktail reception, seated dinner, raffles and dancing to music by DJ Phil of Make Some Noise was held from 6 to 10p.m.

This year, the coalition is honoring three local businesswomen with Community Spirit awards: Charlene Bugdin of Blue Sage Day Spa, Michelle Iona of Healing Points Acupuncture & Wellness Center, and Denise Zuhoski of Making Waves Hair Salon. They are being recognized for their commitment to serving and supporting the East End breast cancer community.

Guests were as asked to  wear-pink, -green, and/or -teal event (colors of the tricolor ribbon for metastatic breast cancer).

As is tradition, the Pink Pearl Gala includes a gift basket raffle. Attendance at the gala is not required to participate in the raffle, which benefits the NFBHC Keri Lynn Stromski Stage IV Breast Cancer Research and Support Fund.

Founded in 2021, the Stage IV Fund provides financial support to oncologists who are treating local patients and are actively doing cutting-edge research on extending and saving lives of Stage IV breast cancer patients. The fund also supports Stage IV thrivers who often have unexpected costs and expenses associated with their treatment.

The North Fork Breast Health Coalition is currently led by McEvoy Zuhoski. The all-volunteer, nonprofit organization supports local breast-cancer patients with programs such as Helping Hand grants. Proceeds from this event will also allow the group to continue to provide free services such as gentle yoga, reflexology, massage therapy and “Strength for Life” exercise classes to breast-cancer patients and survivors. They can also receive free hats, scarves, wigs and protheses from the Rita Duva Boutique at the organization’s office.

Ann Cotten-DeGrasse and her late husband, Antonio, founded NFBHC in 1998 because they saw a great need for such an organization on the North Fork, where there is an especially high rate of diagnosis of the disease. A retired teacher, Ann has also served as president of the Riverhead School Board. The gala was named for the late Pearl Philindas, a past president of the coalition.

For more information about the NORTH FORK BREAST HEALTH COALITION please visit

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The Ellen Hermanson Foundation Summer Gala Raises Funds to support access to state-of-the-art Breast Cancer Treatment with Founder Dr. Julie Ratner and Gala Chair Jean Shafiroff

Summer Gala Honors Dr. Edna Kapenhas and Victoria Schneps-Yunis

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Jean Shafiroff (Gala Chair) with Dr. Julie Ratner (President, Ellen Hermanson Foundation) and Honoree Victoria Schneps-Yunis (Schneps Media) (Photo Credit: PMC / Sean Zanni)

The Ellen Hermanson Foundation Summer Gala took place at the beautiful waterfront Bridgehampton Tennis & Surf Club with Dr. Julie Ratner, President of the Ellen Hermanson Foundation and gala chair Jean Shafiroff, honoring Dr. Edna Kapenhas, Medical Director of The Ellen Hermanson Breast Center and Stony Brook Southampton Hospital as well as Victoria Schneps-Yunis, President and Co-Publisher Schneps Media. The Gala chair for the event was philanthropist, Jean Shafiroff.

The Ticketed guests gathered for a night of cocktails, dinner, dancing, and afterwards a beach bonfire. Led by emcee and auctioneer Alyson Schacherer, $87,000 was raised from both the live auction and the opportunity to purchase direct services. Highlights of the live auction included tickets to Stephen Colbert, a Billy Joel concert at Madison Square Garden, and even opening night admittance to the famed Metropolitan Opera.

With the ongoing efforts of the co-founder and chairwoman, Julie Ratner, The Ellen Hermanson Foundation since its inception has awarded more than $6 million in grants.

Notable Attendees included: Julie Ratner, Dr. Edna Kapenhas, Victoria Schneps-Yunis, Jean Shafiroff, Martin Shafiroff, Alyson Schacherer, Judith Giuliani, Elena Gibbs, Kate McEntee, Roberta Kaplan, Dee Rivera, Elizabeth Cowles, Mark Masone, Rolise Rachel, Dee Rivera, Yubal Marquez Fleites, Rita Lerner, Hugo Moreno, Catherine Borzon, Michael Gomberg, Anne Gomberg, Sybil Shainwald Aid, Ingrid Arneberg, Javier Sainsbury, Amanda Frazer, Cathy Tweedy, Jodi Wasserman, Eileen Rappaport, Sarah Alvarez, Melissa Cohn, William Harts, George Dempsey, Patti Kenner, Sam Eskenazi, Ann Ciardullo, Keith Green, Hope Langer, Louis Bradbury, Ken Quay, Josh Green, Lindsey Green, Joy Pak, Vinay Tak, Frederic Weinbaum, Kevin O’Connor, Donna Schneier, Michaelle Solages, James Levin, Rebecca Seawright, Julia Haart, Batsheva Haart, Dina Lohan, Elton Ilirjani.


About The Ellen Hermanson Foundation:

Since 1997, The Ellen Hermanson Foundation has changed the medical landscape of the East End of Long Island, where breast cancer diagnosis and mortality rates are among the highest in New York state. With a deep commitment to the community, the Foundation gives back by funding state-of-the-art medical equipment and breast cancer screenings at The Ellen Hermanson Breast Center is part of Stony Brook Southampton Hospital and locations in Hampton Bays and East Hampton. Proceeds also benefit Ellen’s Well, a free psycho-social services program that provides social support and other healing opportunities for breast cancer survivors. No one is turned away from the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center for lack of insurance or inability to pay. Over the past 27 years, The Ellen Hermanson Foundation has awarded more than $6 million in grants.

The Ellen Hermanson Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization recognized by the IRS and the State of New York.

For more information, please visit Interviews with Julie are available upon request.


PRESS CONTACT (Ellen Hermanson Foundation):

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NYC Second Chance Rescue Holds

2nd Annual Hamptons Benefit “Pawparazzi”

NYC Second Chance Rescue held their 2nd Annual Hamptons benefit “Pawparazzi”, presented by Margit Brandt Palm Beach & London Jewelers at The Baker House 1650 in East Hampton. The event honored the remarkable animal advocacy & contributions of Candy Udell & Zach Erdem and was graciously hosted by the charming Brandon Colón.


The benefit included an impersonator concert for charity featuring Athena Riech as Lady Gaga to help raise funds for dogs and cats in need. Guests continue to dance the evening away with music by DJ DIMATTEO.


Notable Attendees included: Margit Brandt, Blair Brandt, Joe Gatto, Bessy Gatto, Dylan Lauren, Melissa Gorga, Joe Gorga, Ramona Singer, Jennifer Parker, Elizabeth Bowden, Kingsley Crawford, Candy Udell, Zach Erdem, Leesa Rowland, Larry Wohl, Alie Mitchell, Fern Mallis, Ian Duke, Chloe Malas, Soren White, Brandon Colón, Avra Hart, Athena Reich (“Lady Gaga”).


The organization extends a huge thank you to our Presenting Sponsors: Margit Brandt Palm Beach & London Jewelers. AV Sponsor: Margit Brandt Palm Beach. Table Sponsors for the event included Animal Ashram, Signature Premier Properties, and NestSeekers International. Special thanks to Hamptons Hospitality, Ambient Events & MHz Media Group.

Bar Sponsors for the event included: Bottle Hampton, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Hampton Water, Bridgehampton Breeze & Condigo 1530. Dessert Sponsor: Tate’s Bake Shop, Floral Sponsor: Designs by Mark Masone, Healthy Snack Sponsor: Scott’s Protein Balls. Media Sponsor: Social Life Magazine.

About NYC Second Chance Rescue:

NYC Second Chance Rescue is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded in 2009. With the generous contributions of their dedicated community of donors and supporters, they have successfully saved over 14,000 lives from an unimaginable fate. The primary focus of NYC Second Chance Rescue is on large breed dogs and animals in need of critical, life-saving care, as these two categories represent the majority of euthanasias in the United States. Nine out of ten animals that enter NYC Second Chance Rescue were initially slated for euthanasia at municipal shelters. Through their foster care system and brick-and-mortar shelter, they provide comprehensive medical care and a nurturing, secure sanctuary for all pets.


To adopt, foster, donate or volunteer visit save lives and join our team!

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PRESS CONTACT (NYC Second Chance Rescue):

Norah Lawlor | Lawlor Media Group | | Tel: (212) 967-6900

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Southampton Hospital Foundation 65th Annual Summer Party

[August 7, 2023, Southampton, NY] Back in person for the first time since 2019, the sold-out Southampton Hospital Foundation 65th Annual Summer Party: A Night at The Colony Hotel, to benefit Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, returned to the tents on Wickapogue Road, Southampton on Saturday, August 5, 2023. 



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Jean Shafiroff poses for a photo-op at Southampton Hospital Foundation 65th Annual Summer Party photo by Sean Zanni /PMC via Getty Images

Celebrating 65 years of raising funds to support healthcare in The Hamptons, the gala’s theme this year was A Night at The Colony Hotel, in partnership with Sarah and Andrew Wetenhall, owners of the famed Colony Hotel Palm Beach.

“The Colony Hotel is so happy to have partnered with the Southampton Hospital Foundation Summer Party to create such an exciting and fresh event,” Sarah Wetenhall, who also Co-Chaired the fundraiser, shared. “The funds raised last night will have a lasting impact on the entire East End community and we’re grateful to have been a small part of that.”

This year’s soiree brought out 500 full and part time residents, philanthropists, socialites and influencers, including Veronica Atkins, Dennis Basso, Margo and John Catsimatidis, Maria Danca, Elena Ford, Jamee & Peter Gregory, Tamron Hall, Steve Klinsky, Ambassador John Loeb and Sharon Loeb, Howard Lorber, Julie & Billy Macklowe, Anjali & Prakash Melwani, Deborah Norville, Bill O'Reilly, Former United States Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Hilary Ross, Jean & Martin Shafiroff, Cameron Silver, Ramona Singer, Jocelyn and Eric Woolworth, Suwattana and Román Viñoly, Jimmy Yeh, and Rachel Zoe.

Stacey Bronfman, Laura Lofaro Freeman, Ros L’Esperance, Ashley McDermott, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Renee Rockefeller, Sarah Wetenhall and Joey Wölffer Co-Chaired the event. Fiona Druckenmiller, Anne Keating, Julia Koch and Mary Kathryn Navab were Summer Party Honorary Chairs.

Somers & Jonathan Farkas, Sheila & Joseph Fuchs, Jean Remmel Little, Margo & James L. Nederlander, Melanie & John Wambold and Cindy & Ladd Willis served as Legacy Chairs.

Donna Karan, Fern Mallis and Nancy Stone were Fashion Chairs, with Gregory D’Elia and Lisa Tamburini as Publicity Chairs.

“This is the first in person event we’ve had in four years, and what a stunning comeback. We are thrilled to have raised over $2 million at this year’s Summer Party,” Ken Wright, board chairman of The Southampton Hospital Association and Summer Party honoree, noted. “The monies raised will support Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, including The Paulson Family Emergency Room and the new East Hampton Emergency Department. We are so grateful for the continued support of our generous donors and community.”

Before setting foot in the elegant Sperry tents, attendees were greeted by The Colony Hotel’s signature seagrape beach buggy and bikes. As they entered the soiree, guests mused at photography by Nick Mele and then were fully immersed in the “Pink Paradise,” complete with a spectacular dance floor wrapped in The Colony swimming pool motif surrounded by scalloped umbrellas and loungers, the hotel’s famed deGournay mural, exquisite pink and green floral installations by Lewis Miller Design and other signature Colony touches. During the cocktail hour, party-goers enjoyed lounge style tunes from “American Idol” alum Christiaan Padavan. The Colony Hotel team collaborated with Elegant Affairs to recreate the most beloved cocktails, canapés, and dishes from the Palm Beach hotel’s iconic Swifty’s restaurant, which were paired with world-class wines from presenting sponsor Wölffer Estate Vineyard. Attendees also toasted to the evening with The Macklowe’s Gold Fashioned specialty cocktail.

“Wölffer Estate was thrilled to be a part of this incredible fundraiser,” Joey Wölffer, Co-Owner & Chief Brand Officer, Wölffer Estate Vineyard, expressed. “Our main goal in supporting Stony Brook Southampton Hospital is to see access to healthcare for the entire East End community and it was inspiring to see how much was raised for this cause.”

After cocktails, guests moved to the stunning dinner tent where the evening’s honorees, Audrey & Martin Gruss, John Paulson, Jay Lieberman and Megan & Ken Wright, were fêted.

Following dinner, celebrity auctioneer Lydia Fenet worked her magic during the Paddle Auction. Party-goers were delighted by a surprise performance from Tony and Grammy nominated singer Shoshana Bean, who performed Don’t Rain On My Parade from Funny Girl, This Is Me from The Greatest Showman, and Defying Gravity from Wicked.

The sold-out After Party welcomed over 150 additional party-goers. Guests danced the night away to music by DJ Oli Benz, accompanied by Kozlow on violin.

About Stony Brook Southampton Hospital (SBSH)

With 124 beds, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital (SBSH) is staffed by more than 280 physicians, dentists, and allied health professionals representing 48 medical specialties. SBSH offers a diverse array of clinical services, ranging from primary medical care to specialized surgical procedures, including cardiac catheterization, orthopedics and bariatrics. The sole provider of emergency care on Long Island’s South Fork, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital is a Level III Trauma Center. The hospital includes The Phillips Family Cancer Center, a Heart and Stroke Center, Breast Health Center, The Center for Advanced Wound Healing, Wellness Institute, and 32 satellite care centers throughout the South Fork of Long Island. The hospital is the largest employer on the South Fork with more than 1,200 employees. To learn more, visit

About Southampton Hospital Foundation, Inc. (SHF)

The Southampton Hospital Foundation, Inc., a separate nonprofit corporation with an independent Board of Trustees, supports Stony Brook Southampton Hospital's mission to deliver healthcare services and expand clinical programs to meet the needs of the community. The Foundation concentrates its efforts on increasing critical philanthropic support to ensure high-quality healthcare for all of our neighbors on the East End. To learn more, visit




Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation’s

14th Annual Unconditional Love Gala

The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation’s 14th Annual Unconditional Love Gala returned to the Hamptons and took place at The Muses in Southampton, NY. The grand soiree was among the highlights so far of this summer season out east. Chaired by Jean Shafiroff, the event honored Jon Ledecky, Co-owner, New York Islanders and Matt Meeker, co-founder and CEO, BARK. The Honorary Chair was Georgina Bloomberg.