THE 13TH ANNUAL A HAMPTONS HAPPENING
THE SAMUEL WAXMAN CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION
RISING POP STAR SOPHIE BEEM TO PERFORM AT
A HAMPTONS HAPPENING MUSICAL & CULINARY CELEBRATION
EMCEED BY CBS 2 NEWS ANCHOR CHRIS WRAGGE
The 13th Annual A Hamptons Happening benefiting the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) on Saturday, August 5, 2017 will treat guests to an intimate performance by Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright. This special night of music will include a performance by recording artist Sophie Beem, a protégé of Beyoncé.
Mr. Wainwright’s performance will celebrate the introduction of a sarcoma research grant established jointly by the SWCRF and the Kate McGarrigle Foundation (KMF), a nonprofit organization he and his family founded to support sarcoma research after his mother passed away from the disease.
Taking place on the estate of Maria and Kenneth Fishel, A Hamptons Happening is one of the Hamptons’ most anticipated summer benefits and will once again feature tastings from some of the top chefs and restaurants in New York City and the Hamptons.
The event will be hosted by CBS 2 News anchor Chris Wragge and will honor Glenn Myles, Chairman and CEO of First Wall Street Capital; Bobbie Lloyd, Chief Baking Officer of Magnolia Bakery; Shep Gordon, Talent Manager, Hollywood Film Agent, Producer and Author; Gabriel Kreuther, Owner and Executive Chef of Gabriel Kreuther Restaurant, a Michelin Star recipient, and Relais & Chateaux restaurant; and Margaret Hayes, President and CEO of Fashion Group International.
This year’s A Hamptons Happening is chaired by event Co-Founder Marion Waxman and co-chairs Karen Amster-Young, Chris Arlotta, Jake Croman, Erica Linden-Fineberg, Jacob Frisch, Jessica Mackin-Cipro, Jennifer Saraf Myles, Jake Taub and Erin Jennifer Woudsma.
A Hamptons Happening is among the most eagerly awaited events of the Hamptons social calendar. Drawing on average 500 guests, the event will again feature silent and live auctions and will take place under a tent on the stunning 15-acre Bridgehampton property of Maria and Kenneth Fishel. The benefit is a scrumptious celebration of New York’s finest cuisine, personally presented by the top chefs of the most celebrated restaurants in New York City and the Hamptons. Guests indulge their appetites for the savory and the sweet, mix and mingle, bid on exciting auction items and dance to today’s hottest tunes, all the while collaborating to fund science’s quest for a cure for cancer. The event’s producer is Robin Lathrop of By Robin and music is by Untouchable Events.
Sponsors and event partners include: AmTrust Title, Hamptons Magazine, Media Sponsor, The Independent, Newspaper Partner, Keith’s Nervous Breakdown, Pottery Barn Southampton, and Williams-Sonoma Bridgehampton. Participating restaurants, chefs and spirits brands include, to date:The Savory: The 21 Club; Bareburger; Calissa, Chef Dominic Rice; David Burke at Bloomingdales; Centro Trattoria and Bar; Delicatessen, Michael Ferraro; Eataly; The Golden Pear, Keith Davis; Chef Gabriel Kreuther; Manna, Chef Marco Barrila; Neuman’s Kitchen, Paul Neuman; Oreya, Greg Grossman; Saaz Indian Restaurant, Sameer Mohan; Salt & Bone; Scotto’s Pork Store; Seafood Shop, Colin Mather; Chef Barret Beyer; and The Union League Club, Russell Rosenberg. The Sweet: Candied Anchor, Jillian Rennar; Clarkson Avenue Crumb Cakes, Susan Walsh; Erica’s Rugelach, Erica Kalick; Magnolia Bakery, Bobbie Lloyd; and Southfork Bakery. Beverages: Doña Sarita Mezcal, Moët, Montauk Brewery, Montauk Hard Whiskey, Palm Bay International, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.
Performers from The National Circus Project will return to A Hamptons Happening for a second year to delight attendees with their whimsical presence and magic tricks.
About Rufus Wainwright
Praised by the New York Times for his “genuine originality,” Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation. The New York-born, Montreal-raised singer songwriter has released seven studio albums, three DVDs, and three live albums, including the fantastic Grammy nominated Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall, which captured his celebrated Judy Garland tribute performance at the London Palladium in 2007, and the album Release The Stars which went Gold in Canada and the U.K. Wainwright has received Juno Awards for Best Alternative Album in 1999 and 2002 for Rufus Wainwright and Poses, respectively, and nominations for his albums Want Two (2005) and Release the Stars (2008). He was nominated for Songwriter of the Year in 2008 for his Release the Stars album. He also composed the original music for choreographer Stephen Petronio’s work BLOOM which has toured across the country. Musically Rufus has collaborated with artists including Elton John, David Byrne, Boy George, Joni Mitchell, Pet Shop Boys and producer Mark Ronson among others. His most recent collaboration is on the title track of Robbie Williams’ latest album, Swings Both Ways, which was co-written with renowned musician and producer Guy Chambers and sung as a duet between Rufus and Robbie. In addition to being a celebrated contemporary pop singer, Rufus has made a name for himself in the classical world. His much acclaimed first opera, titled Prima Donna, premiered at the Manchester International Festival in July 2009. The opera was subsequently performed in London at Sadler’s Wells in April 2010, in Toronto at the Luminato Festival in June 2010 and at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House in February 2012. Now fully established as a composer of operas, Rufus has been commissioned by the Canadian Opera Company to write his second opera based on the story of the Roman Emperor Hadrian and Antinous. The new opera will premiere in Toronto in October 2018.
About Sophie Beem
Sophie Beem is a rhythmic pop singer, songwriter, musician from New York City, discovered and developed by Beyonce. She released her first EP last year with songs like “I Got It” featuring Fetty Wap, “Nail Polish” which was featured in HBO’s critically acclaimed series, Insecure, and “Girls Will Be Girls” which was played on Radio Disney and featured in the box office summer smash, Bad Moms, and BET’s hit show Being Mary Jane. Sophie toured with Charlie Puth, opened for Beyonce internationally on the historic Formation World Tour, performed at the US Open Arthur Ashe Kids Day, High School Nation, the VFiles fashion show, DigiTour, Jay-Z’s Made In America festival, on Good Day NY, in Dubai for The Arab Fashion Week Awards and at the World Tennis Finals in Singapore. Sophie dedicates her time as the Youth Music Ambassador for The United Nations and Microsoft. She is also a music mentor for NYU’s “What Makes a Star” music business program. Currently, she is finishing her new project working with some of the best producers in the industry such as DJ Kaskade and Red One to name a few.
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 approximately $90 million to support the work of more than 200 researchers across the globe.
For more information on SWCRF, visit: www.waxmancancer.org
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Saturday, August 5, 2017
Red Carpet Arrival 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.*
Auction 7:30 p.m.*
*Subject to client approval
At the Home of Maria & Kenneth Fishel and Family
Individual Ticket $425
Millennial Ticket (30 & under) $200