CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Georgina Bloomberg, Nic Roldan and Samantha; Mark Ehret, Samantha Yanks, Jennifer Miller, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb at Kotb and Gifford’s book signing at Jennifer Miller; Marcus Samuelsson and Samantha at Chefs & Champagne; Samantha and Kim Cattrall at the Heat benefit  for the Southampton Hospital Ellen Hermanson Breast Center; Alina Cho and Samantha at Super Saturday 14

A Season of Giving

Breast and ovarian cancer must stop threatening the lives of women. Few causes spark this level of passion in me. The good news is we are getting closer. The strides that have been made in research and treatment are extraordinary, due in large part to organizations such as the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund and the Ellen Hermanson Foundation. Both continue to take the lead in funding the best and most promising research in the quest to end these terrible diseases.

OCRF is the largest private philanthropic institution in the United States dedicated exclusively to ovarian cancer. Its mission is to fund scientific research that leads to more effective identification and treatment and, ultimately, a cure. Since 1998, OCRF has invested nearly $40 million in research through grants to scientists at more than 60 medical centers around the country. This summer I was honored to serve on the event committee at OCRF’s Super Saturday 14. In the company of an impressive group of women, I can say I felt absolutely no guilt shopping the day away.

The Ellen Hermanson Foundation was launched in 1997 to honor the memory of breast cancer victim Ellen Hermanson and carry on the vital work to which she devoted so much of her time and energy. I was touched to be asked to serve as an event chair for Heat, its annual gala party at Steven Klein’s West Kill Farm. A journalist by profession, Ellen became a forceful voice for patients and their families while educating her readers about the importance of early detection and the challenges of living with breast cancer. The evening was particularly meaningful, as my friend Hoda Kotb was honored by the organization, alongside Kim Cattrall and Kathie Lee Gifford.

One of the most phenomenal aspects of the Hamptons is all of the philanthropic work that goes on here. So find your passion, find the time, and make a difference.


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