The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation rings NASDAQ’s opening bell to celebrate A Hamptons Happening and forty years of supporting research for a cure.
|Back row, from left: Jessica Mackin, Marcy Whitman, Matt Lyons, David Landay, David Hinkelman, Kenneth Fishel, Bradley Fishel, King Chong, Jason Bencivenga and Ashley Noor. Front row: Jake Taub, Sarah Sarpolis, Lisa Aquilino, Christine Arlotta, Maria Fishel, Marion and Samuel Waxman, MD, Juliette Feffer, Marie Bergqvist and Edgar Trinidad|
The fortieth anniversary of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) continues to bring memorable moments. On July 8, SWCRF founder and CEO Samuel Waxman, M.D. was invited to ring the opening bell at NASDAQ in honor of the 12th annual A Hamptons Happening benefit which took place the next day.
|The invitation for A Hamptons Happening was projected on the NASDAQ tower.|
Advance publicity for A Hamptons Happening drew the attention of the organizers of the opening bell ceremonies, who generously donate exposure to nonprofit organizations. A group of SWCRF supporters representing a cross-section of the foundation’s community of collaborators, from board members to Hamptons Happening committee members and friends, accompanied Dr. Waxman and his wife Marion, founding co-chair of A Hamptons Happening, at the NASDAQ studio.
SWCRF supporters were treated to a reception in the NASDAQ lounge where they mingled and were photographed before being escorted to the studio. There, the group received their cues from producer Laura Hillgren, who guided them through the steps of the live broadcast, which included an introduction by NASDAQ executive Chris Dearborn and an address by Dr. Waxman. Portions of the broadcast aired on CNBC, CNN International, FOX Business Network, Bloomberg TV and Canada’s Business News Network, reaching over 1.5 million people.
The group was then led outside to Times Square where they viewed photographs of themselves projected onto the NASDAQ Tower, which also projected an invitation to A Hamptons Happening.
|The ceremony was broadcast on the NASDAQ tower facing Times Square.|
This was the second time the SWCRF has rung NASDAQ’s opening bell. The first time was ten years ago when SWCRF board members accompanied Dr. Waxman and SWCRF Chairman Michael Nierenberg as they rang the bell in honor of the 2006 Collaborating for a Cure Gala.
The SWCRF extends its sincere thanks to the supporters who were on hand to share this special moment: Jessica Mackin, Marcy Whitman, Matt Lyons, David Landay, David Hinkelman, Maria and Kenneth Fishel, Bradley Fishel, King Chong, Jason Bencivenga, Frank Padrone, Ashley Noor, Jake Taub, Sarah Sarpolis, Lisa Aquilino, Christine Arlotta, Juliette Feffer and Marie Bergqvist.
For a gallery of photos from the event, click here. Photos by Frank Padrone.
You can view the entire proceedings in the video below.