M E D I A A L E R T
The 16th Annual Hamptons Happening
Virtual Concert and Presentation
The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation
& Honor First Responders
The Lineup of Performers Includes Sophie Beem, Caly Bevier, Sophie B. Hawkins,
Constantine Maroulis, Steven Reineke and Rufus Wainwright
The 16th Annual Hamptons Happening, one of the Hamptons, much-anticipated summer charity events, this year will feature a virtual concert with celebrity appearances. The event will support the groundbreaking research of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) and honor COVID-19 first responders.
The performer lineup includes Sophie Beem, Caly Bevier, and Rufus Wainwright, who return to the Hamptons Happening from prior-year performances. Also performing will be Grammy-Award nominated popstar, Sophie B. Hawkins, Constantine Maroulis, the Tony-nominated star of Rock of Ages, and Steven Reineke, musical director and conductor of the New York Pops. Chris Wragge, anchor of CBS 2 News New York returns as master of ceremonies. The presentation will feature special appearances by celebrities, SWCRF leadership, and the globally-renowned Director of Infectious Disease at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, Rajeev Fernando, M.D. who will talk about the challenges providing emergency care to patients diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.
“For its 16th year, the Hamptons Happening event will bring together the metro-New York City and Hamptons communities to support cutting-edge research funded by the SWCRF, although this year, we are gathering in small groups,” said William T. Sullivan, Executive Director of the SWCRF. “To date, the Hamptons Happening has raised more than $5 million for cancer research, and we are tremendously grateful to the community of supporters who participate each year.”
Some supporters will host viewing parties throughout the Hamptons area while observing social-distancing guidelines. Viewing parties receive gourmet boxed dinners by celebrity chef Peter Ambrose and wine and cocktail baskets by Out East Rose and Simple Vodka. Supporters also have the option to receive a catered dinner for two or four or purchase single-viewing tickets without the dinner option.
“The world is battling a global pandemic, but scientists are optimistic that there will be a vaccine to prevent the novel coronavirus COVID-19. Unfortunately, a vaccine for preventing cancer remains elusive, and the disease remains one of the leading causes of death in the United States and globally,” said Samuel Waxman, M.D., SWCRF founder and chief executive officer. “Despite these alarming statistics, our research is making progress in uncovering the causes of cancer and developing targeted and more effective treatments.”
For more information about the 16th Annual Hamptons Happening, visit www.waxmancancer.org/hamptons.
About the SWCRF Hamptons Happening
In its 16th 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 summer calendar has become filled with an assortment of charity 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 more information about the SWCRF research, visit www.waxmancancer.org.
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