Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff, Julie Ratner and Linda Renk, Co-Founder of Sequin, hosted a cocktail reception benefiting the Ellen Hermanson Foundation at Sequin Southampton this past Sunday, August 9, 2015.
The event served as a “kick-off” event for the upcoming Ellen’s Run 5K, which will be held on Sunday, August 16, 2015. This year, the annual run/walk, which was founded to ensure access to state-of-the-art breast health care and to empower people affected by cancer, is celebrating its 20th Anniversary years of leading the fight on Breast Cancer. The event has been named “Best Event in the Hamptons” in 2012, 2013, 2014 by Dan’s Papers.
Jean Shafiroff, former honoree and chairwoman of the Ellen Hermanson Foundation’s Gala; Julie Ratner, Executive Director of the Ellen Hermanson Foundation; and Linda Renk welcomed guests including: John Awe, Fashion Designer Jackie Rogers, Cheryl Dovenberg, Hope Kramer, Dr. Jonathan Aviv, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Greg D’Elia, Lee Fryd, Eric Andrew, Katlean DeMonchy, Dawne Marie Grannum, Lieba Nesis, Dr. Penny Grant, John Wegorzewski, Sara Herbert Galloway, Joseph Fichera, Patrick McMullan and Flo Anthony.
Dr. Julie Ratner is the chairwoman of The Ellen Hermanson Foundation, a breast cancer charity she founded with her sister Emily Levin in memory of their younger sister Ellen Hermanson, who died of breast cancer at the age of 42 in 1995. Since its inception, the foundation has distributed more than $3.5million in grants with most of the money staying on the East End of Long Island where the rates of breast cancer diagnosis and mortality are among the highest in New York State. The foundation carries on the work Ellen began after her diagnosis by providing educational outreach to medically underserved women about the importance of early detection, psychosocial support for breast cancer survivors and access to quality medical care.
About Ellen’s Run 5K:
Ellen’s Run 5K celebrates 20 years of leading the fight against breast cancer on the East End with its annual race/walk at 9 am, Sunday, August 16. The run, sponsored by The Ellen Hermanson Foundation, and named the “Best Event in the Hamptons” for 2012, 2013 and 2014 is a community celebration of life for visitors and residents alike. The race/walk starts and ends, rain or shine, at Southampton Hospital’s Parrish Hall on Herrick Road. The 3.1 mile course runs through town, down tree and mansion-lined roads, along the ocean blocks and back. The run, one of the largest on the South Fork, is sanctioned by the Long Island branch of USA Track and Field.
For more Information on Ellen’s Run, Visit: www.ellensrun.org
About Jean Shafiroff:
Jean Shafiroff is a noted philanthropist who is actively involved as a volunteer fundraiser and leader of several charitable causes. She possesses a remarkable ability to connect different charitable groups with interested people and resources and sits on the board of eight charities. Each year she chairs, underwrites and hosts several events for many different charities. She has been honored countless times for her work. Jean’s particular interests include charities related to women, health care, animals and the people of the cities she calls home. Jean is on the boards of New York Women’s Foundation, NYC City Mission Society, Couture Council, JBFCS, French Heritage Society, Lighthouse Advisory Board, Honorary Board of Southampton Animal Shelter and Southampton Bath and Tennis Club Charitable Foundation. In the Hamptons, Jean is has very active with Southampton Hospital and has chaired their Summer Party three times for a total of $5.4 million raised. She has been honored by the Ellen Hermanson Foundation in 2014 for her philanthropic work and has also chaired their 2015 Gala. She has chaired the Southampton Animal Shelter Gala four times helping them to raise millions of dollars. In tandem with her philanthropic responsibilities, Jean has also hosted events in honor of the entertainment industry both in New York and Los Angeles.
Sequin is a NYC-based design studio founded in 2000 by sisters Kim and Linda Renk. Contemporary chic with a romantic edge, we are known for distinctive, directional jewelry that transcends fast fashion. Its line especially resonates with those who understand how to accessorize for the ultimate individual style statement. Kim & Linda, along with Creative Director Tara Malkovich, are the force behind Sequin’s vintage-inspired and fashion-forward aesthetic. Not only do they mirror the fashion industry’s seasonal schedule, debuting multiple cohesive collections 4-6 times a year, but they also travel the globe in search of inspiration and unique, high-quality materials to be incorporated into the collections. In addition to its website, Sequin jewelry can be purchased at our boutiques in resort locations across the United States. Its other stockists include major department stores like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdales, as well as select specialty boutiques.
For more information about Sequin, Visit: www.sequin-nyc.com