The third annual “Hamptons Paddle & Party for Pink” was an enormous success, raising a record-breaking $1.5 million to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). Over 200 SUPers kicked off the fundraiser at the Havens Beach in Sag Harbor last Saturday morning.
Prior to the fundraising event, Shari Hymes, one of our key Paddle Diva leaders trained a group of clients to participate in the 3-mile and 6-mile courses. For many, it was their first experience participating in a World Paddle Association national qualifying race. Through Power Up on SUP fitness drills, race stroke techniques and loads of encouragement, Shari prepared this incredible group of women to stand up paddle for a cure! Along with Shari, our Paddle Diva team included Stacey Spencer, Jen Rice and Cate Rogers. We had great results and swept the race in almost every division!
This year, I supported the SUPers in the 3-mile recreational division, coaching if they needed guidance on paddleboard stroke techniques or maneuvering through the water. The energy and camaraderie along the water was amazing. I loved gliding alongside enthusiastic SUPers, sporting lovely shades of pink, and supporting a cause that affects so many families each year.
Paddling alongside me was Bethenny Frankel, one of the celebrities who got out on the water and showed support for this great cause. Bethenny was terrific! We each paddled one of her two Skinnygirl SUP boards, custom designed by Paddle Diva.
The Paddle for the Pink festivities continued Saturday evening with a breathtaking sunset party. Over 600 gathered at Richard and Lisa Perry’s charming home in North Haven for delicious food, entertainment and SUP related auctions items. Party-goers were treated to a synchronized swimming group and music by four-time Grammy nominee Taylor Dayne. Also in attendance were Leonard and William Lauder, celebrities Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Molly Sims, Tracy Anderson, Martha Stewart and designers Nicole Miller and Donna Karan.
Since its inception, the BCRF has conducted life-saving research on treatments (such as Herceptin) to improve breast cancer survival. With an operational approach of low administrative overhead, the BCRF puts 91 cents of every dollar raised to fuel discoveries in tumor biology, genetics, prevention and treatment. In 2014, the BCRF invested $45 million in the work of more than 200 researchers at leading medical institutions worldwide. Most of us probably know someone who benefited from the BCRF’s research.
There are 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. With the BCRF’s help, doctors and researchers can continue to provide less invasive treatments and one day a cure to end breast cancer. A special thanks to all those who attended or donated to Paddle and Party for the Pink!