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

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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 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.

BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY – AUGUST 26: Atmosphere at The Ellen Hermanson Foundation Summer Gala 2023 at Bridgehampton Tennis and Surf Club on August 26, 2023 in Bridgehampton, NY. (Photo by Sean Zanni/PMC) *** Local Caption *** Atmosphere

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

Notable Attendees included: Dr. 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, 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, Sara Shala, Nicole Cheng, Kelly Miragliotta, George Dempsey, Patti Kenner, Sam Eskenazi, Ann Ciardullo, Keith Green, Hope Klein Langer, Dede Gotthelf, Terry Moan, Dr. Christina Rahm, Clayton Thomas, 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, Marsin Mogielski, Dina Lohan, Elton Ilirjani, Nathania Nisonson, James Marzigliano, Melissa Cohn, Ann Ciardullo, Keith Green, Nakta Thomas, Keith Thomas, Hugo Moreno, Jim Levin.

BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY – AUGUST 26: Melissa Cohn, Ann Ciardullo, Victoria Schneps and Cathy Tweedy attend The Ellen Hermanson Foundation Summer Gala 2023 at Bridgehampton Tennis and Surf Club on August 26, 2023 in Bridgehampton, NY. (Photo by Sean Zanni/PMC/PMC) *** Local Caption *** Melissa Cohn;Ann Ciardullo;Victoria Schneps;Cathy Tweedy
BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY – AUGUST 26: Keith Green, Nakta Thomas, Ann Ciardullo and Keith Thomas attend The Ellen Hermanson Foundation Summer Gala 2023 at Bridgehampton Tennis and Surf Club on August 26, 2023 in Bridgehampton, NY. (Photo by Sean Zanni/PMC/PMC) *** Local Caption *** Keith Green;Nakta Thomas;Ann Ciardullo;Keith Thomas

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.

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