Sequin hosts Kick-Off Cocktails for The Ellen Hermanson Foundation’s Summer Solstice Event
On Saturday, May 31st The Ellen Hermanson Foundation held a kick-off cocktail reception at Sequin in Southampton for the forthcoming Summer Solstice Event, taking place on June 21.
Guests enjoyed drinks served by the white clad wait staff while the Foundations chairs and hosts welcomed one of their twohonorees – Jean Shafiroff, (Philanthropist, Leader, Volunteer, Socialite) while Robert Chaloner, the second honoree (President and CEO of Southampton Hospital) was not able to attend.
The crowd of 150 guests and honorees spent the evening browsing a collection of Zodiac inspired jewelry, before the group paused for speeches.
The Summer Solstice Event Host, Chuck Scarborough spoke about how important The Ellen Hermanson Breast Center is to the community and his sister’s unsuccessful fight against breast cancer and how hard it was to lose her. Honoree Jean Shafiroff then spoke a few words on how her mother and grandmother had both been affected by the disease, and touched upon the Summer Solstice event on June 21 where Robert Chaloner is also being honored for his massive achievement of transforming Southampton Hospital with The Ellen Hermanson Breast Center. Jean also mentioned her wish to honor Julie Ratner for her important work in the field through the Foundation. Julie Ratner, co-founder of The Ellen Hermanson Foundation then spoke about her 20-year work with the Foundation and all of the gains they have made in the field in loving memory of her sister, Ellen. Finally, Linda Renk, co-owner of Sequin spoke of her mother who had has survived a double mastectomy. The hosts, co-founders and honorees then thanked Sequin for hosting and donating 20% of their proceeds from the evening’s sales to the foundation.
Guests in attendance included: Honoree Jean Shafiroff, and Host Chuck Scarborough, Founder Julie Ratner, Board Members Cathy Tweedy, Hope Klein Langer and Ann Ciardullo Linda Renk, co-owner of Sequin, Cheryl Dovenberg of Sequin, John Awe, Linda B. Shapiro, Paola Bacchini, Leif Bringslimark, Jeffrey Brodersen, Edward Callaghan, David Colelli, Liz Derringer, John D’Orazio,? Katlean de Monchy, ?Victor de Souza, Lee Fryd, David German, Linda German, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Regina Kravitz, Ted Kruckel, Larry Langer, Joy Marks, Mark and Liza Masone, owner of Flowers by Topaz, Tara Mulrooney, Nicole Noonan, ?Lauren Roberts, Leesa Rowland, Randi Schatz, Martin Shafiroff, Judy Sleed, Marguerite Smith, and Jodie Weber.
The Ellen Hermanson Foundation was established in 1997 to honor the memory of Ellen Hermanson and carry on the important work to which she devoted so much of her time and energy. An activist and an advocate, Ellen channeled her journalistic talents to become a forceful voice for breast cancer patients and their families. She educated her readers about the importance of early detection, the challenges of living with breast cancer, the very real, but little-discussed or understood, issue of pain management, and the debilitating effects of breast cancer on the entire family.
In 2008, the Foundation pledged $500,000 to fund the Ellen Hermanson Breast at Southampton Hospital that opened in 2009 transforming the medical landscape of the East End by providing access to state-of-the-art quality care to the local community. The foundation is unique in its commitment to helping breast cancer patients and their families cope with the changing nature of the physical and emotional aspects of breast cancer by focusing on educational outreach and psychosocial support.