William Sullivan, Dr. Samuel Waxman and Marion Waxman (at center) and SWCRF supporters at the NASDAQ studio


For the second consecutive year, the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) was honored with the opportunity to ring the opening bell at NASDAQ in the heart of New York City's Times Square on August 3, 2017.

Dr. Samuel Waxman, Founder and CEO of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation, and William T. Sullivan, Executive Director of the SWCRF, rang the opening bell surrounded by A Hamptons Happening chairpeople, supporters and honorees.  Attendees included A Hamptons Happening Founding Chair Marion Waxman, hosts Maria and Kenneth Fishel, Melissa Fishel, Bradley Fishel, honoree Chef Gabriel Kreuther, chair Jessica Mackin, honoree Glenn Myles, Juliette Feffer, Jonathan Kogan, Jack WaxmanMatt Stammel, David Landay, SWCRF staff members Rachel Kramer and Edgar Trinidad, Christina Kostantas-Beem and recording artist Sophie Beem, who performed at A Hamptons Happening on August 5.

The NASDAQ tower welcome signage

During the ceremony, the guests were welcomed by Christopher Dearborn, Managing Director of the Market Intelligence Desk at NASDAQ, who introduced the SWCRF, describing its scientific accomplishments over its 40-year history and the honorees and performers who would be celebrated at A Hamptons Happening, including a showcase performance by Rufus Wainwright.  Dr. Waxman then addressed the NASDAQ audience, extending an official thanks from the SWCRF and providing an overview of its work with an invitation to the public to join the Foundation in its mission to eradicate cancer.

Dr. Waxman and William Sullivan then rang the opening bell as the guests clapped and cheered them on during the ceremony that was broadcast by major financial news networks including CNBC, Bloomberg, FOX Business News, and Business News Network, reaching an estimated audience of 1.5 million viewers.

Following the ceremony the guests were brought outside the NASDAQ tower for videotaping and photography to document their experience while photos and footage from the ceremony were flashed on a loop on the tower.  The images included a version of the Hamptons Happening invitation which appeared for an hour in Times Square.

Click here for a gallery of images from SWCRF's NASDAQ experience.

The 13th Annual A Hamptons Happening took place on August 5 at the estate of Maria and Kenneth Fishel and featured performances by Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright and Sophie Beem, a protégé of Beyoncé. It honored Glenn Myles, Chairman and CEO of First Wall Street Capital; Bobbie Lloyd, Chief Baking Officer of Magnolia Bakery; Shep Gordon, Talent Manager, Hollywood Film Agent, Producer and Author; Gabriel Kreuther, Owner and Executive Chef of Gabriel Kreuther Restaurant, a Michelin Star recipient, and Relais & Chateaux restaurant; and Margaret Hayes, President and CEO of Fashion Group International.

For a detailed article about the event, click here.