By Gavin Menu
Thrill seeking philanthropists found a home on the East End over the weekend with a host of fundraising events highlighting an action packed weekend across land and sea.
Funds were raised for a variety of local and national charities through events based around running, paddling, swimming and softball. Support for breast cancer research has been especially strong in recent years, with the Hamptons Paddle & Party for Pink and the Ellen’s Run 5K combining to raise millions of dollars over the last 20 years.
Paddle for Pink Raises Big Money
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) raised a record-breaking $1.5 million at the third annual Hamptons Paddle & Party for Pink, held in Sag Harbor and North Haven on Saturday. The event featured both a 3-mile and 6-mile race, as well as a sold-out summer fundraiser hosted by fitness expert Tracy Anderson and Maria and Larry Baum at the North Haven home of Lisa and Richard Perry.
“There aren’t enough ways to say thank you to the Hamptons community for their warm welcome and extraordinary level of support for BCRF,” Myra Biblowit, the foundation’s president & CEO, said in a release. “More than 600 guests turned out in tribute to the Perrys and the Baums, and their commitment to put breast cancer out of business.”
Taylor Resnick, 33, of New York won the 6-mile 14-foot category with a time of 1:04:17 while John Ohara, 51, of Manchester won the 12-6 division in 1:11:30 and Jake Danehy, 20, of Larchmont took the 12-2 and under category in 1:22:06.
The 3-mile races were won by David Wassong, 43, of New York (14-foot, 39:56), Bradley Musika, 23, of East Hampton (12-6, 35:13) and Edwin Dowling, 39, of New York (12-2 and under, 43:20).
Complete results are available at prtiming.com
Near Record at Ellen’s Run
Few fundraising events based around athletics have been as successful as Ellen’s Run, which kicked off its 19th annual race near Southampton Hospital on Sunday morning. The race played host to more than 800 runners who came out in support of the Ellen Hermanson Foundation, which over the years has awarded more than $3 million in grants for breast cancer research.
The overall winner on Sunday was Brendan McGann, 26, of Manhasset, who crossed with a blistering time of 16:49, just one second shy of the record set by Robert Beit in last year’s race. Dylan Fine, 17, of Water Mill finished second overall in 17:05 and Charles Scherr, 19, of New York finished third in 17:06.
The top overall female was Tara Farrell, 35, of East Quogue, who finished with a time of 18:48. Kelsey Amarosa, 20, of Nesconset was the second female finisher in 19:13 and Mariela Quintanan, 25, of Brooklyn was third in 19:49.
Complete results are at ellensrun.org.
Artists Dispose of Writers
The 66th annual Artists & Writers Softball Game brought a huge crowd to Herrick Park in East Hampton on Saturday afternoon, raising funds for the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center, Phoenix House Academy, East End Hospice and The Retreat .
The annual charity softball game that pits both local and visiting artists against writers from near and far was a lopsided affair, with the Artists winning, 15-8 in front of a crowd of approximately 1,100 fans. According to Deb McEneaney, who helps organize the event, the game and related events this year are expected to raise more than $200,000 for the four primary East End charities.
According to Jack Graves of The East Hampton Star, who knows as much about the game’s history as anyone, the series going into Saturday’s game was tied at 12-12-1 over the last 25 years. The Artists, he said, have morphed into what the Writers once were—young, strong and dominant.
“Leif Hope used to say the Artists were more life-loving then the Writers and didn’t care about the game,” Graves said, speaking about the event’s founder and long-time manager of the Artists team. “But in fact they do. Throughout the line-up they were strong. They’ve got young blood. They’ve got guys in their early 30s or late 20s who can slug the ball.”
Richard Sullivan, 27, an artist who reached Double-A in the Atlanta Braves organization, was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.
Red Devil in Amagansett
In Amagansett on Sunday morning, the East Hampton Ocean Rescue squad hosted its third open water event of the season, with the “Red Devil” Swim at Fresh Pond supporting the East Hampton YMCA Hurricanes swim team. The event, which featured a 5K distance swim along with separate one-mile and half-mile swims, raised $2,500 for the East Hampton YMCA Hurricanes, which features young swimmers from across the East End.
Rod McClave continued his dominance of the ocean water events, winning the 5K distance for the third time this season with a time of 1:23:43 in windy conditions. Earlier this summer, McClave also won the Swim Across America race at the same location as well as the Montauk Ocean Swim Challenge at Ditch Plains.
Matt O’Gram, 53, of Sag Harbor finished second in Sunday’s 5k swim with a time of 1:36:03, while Didric Cerdarholm, 36, of New York finished third in 1:37:11. Shara Fredrick, 42, of Brooklyn was the top female in the 5K with a time of 2:02:19.
Griffin Taylor, 16, of New York won the mile swim in 28:15, followed by his twin sister, Sophia, who finished in 30:01. Steven Soldo, 45, of East Hampton won the half-mile swim in 17:02 and Jodi Richard, 49, of New York was the top female with a time of 32:42.
Complete results are available at prtiming.com.