(Long Island, N.Y.) Hamptonites contributed more than their heart at the 14th Annual Heart in the Hampton Ball on June 26, 2010 on the grounds at the Hayground School in Bridgehampton where Honoree Dr. Karl Krieger was presented with a Distinguished Service Award.
Heart of the Hampton Ball honored Dr. Karl Krieger with the Distinguished Service Award for his outstanding achievement as the Vice Chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center. The Heart Hero Award was also presented to Philip Geier, Jr., a heart transplant survivor who has significantly made heart-healthy choices in his life.
The Heart of the Hampton’s Ball, was a fun and elegant event focused on raising funds for the mission of the American Heart Association. Contributors, supporters and colleagues from Manhattan, Long Island and the Hamptons enjoyed the beautiful tranquil setting in the Hamptons while eating delicious heart healthy foods, drinking delightful local wines and having fun by being entertained by the band “Millennium,” and a DJ by East Entertainment.
Guest enjoyed the Cocktail Hour with a Market Basket display of Gran Padano & Parmesan Cheese Platter with Fresh and Dried Fruit, Roasted Nuts, Rice Crackers, Seasonal Vegetable Crudites with Garlic and Herb Dipping Sauce, Zucchini & Ricotta Roulades with Lemon & Herb Vinagrette Caponata Hummus with Pita Chips and for dinner buffet Basil Crusted Halbut accompanied by Naturally Raised Tenderloin of Beef. All catering was provided by Sterling Affair and the menu was designed with heart health in mind by Consultant Nutritionist Layne Lieberman-Liebelson, RD, MS, CDN.
“Most importantly the preparations are all done tonight without fats with minimal oils, everything is done with fresh seasonings and we are staying away from adding any fats to the meals but nobody will know because everything is going to taste so delicious,” explained Consultant Nutritionist Layne Liebrman-Liebelson.
After graduating from Amherst College, Kr. Krieger pursued his medical school education as well as his surgical internship and residency, at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Krieger completed his general and cardiovascular surgical training at New York University Medical Center and later jointed the faculty of The New York University School of Medicine in 1981. Because of his dedication and hard work he was appointed to be the Director of the Cardiovascular Research Laboratory.
In 1985, Dr. Krieger joined the faculty at Weill Medical College of Cornell University where he now serves as Vice Chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery. His responsibilities entail instructing medical students, residents and cardiothoracic fellows, as well as directing a large surgical research program. Dr. Krieger and his brilliant associates have recently celebrated accomplishing their 30,000 open-heart surgery. Dr. Krieger is the author and co-author of over 100 medical publications and and he recently wrote and co-edited the textbook, “Blood Conversations in Cardiac Surgery.”
Dr. Krieger primary passion is maintaining a high volume, outstanding surgical care program.
On the red carpet I interviewed Regional Director of the East End Barbara Polwodo who coordinated the event. “One of the most preventable ways of not getting Heart Disease is not to smoke, that is a very easy way to prevent getting Heart Disease but one of the things that people make a mistake of not knowing their family history. If you have Heart Disease in your family chances are you will have it and you can catch it early if you know the signs and symptoms, you can do something about it,” explained Ms. Polwodo.
The American Heart Association was founded in 1924 by six dedicated cardiologists. Today it is one of the worlds largest voluntary health organizations. They are committed to reducing disability and death from the nation’s number one and number three killers, heart disease and stroke by advocating for tougher legislation, dedicating vital funding to life-saving research and creating community-based initiatives. Their mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases. That single purpose drives all that they do and accomplish. The need for their work is beyond question.
All of these endeavors as well as future achievements are made possible by the dedication and efforts of individuals and more than 22 million volunteers from across the nation.
For more information on the American Heart Association please visit www.heart.org.
Later that evening I attended Fashion Designer Lu Berrys Inaugural Summer Soiree. Swimwear Designer Lu Berry showcased her sexy swimwear while guests enjoyed an elegant evening of hors doeuvres, cocktails, live entertainment and bikini fashion show. The evening also included a 50/50 raffle and a Chinese auction with prizes donated by local merchants. Proceeds benefited the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center at Southampton Hospital.
The Ellen Hermanson Foundation was established in 1997 to honor the memory of Ellen Hermanson and carry on the important work to which she devoted so much of her time and energy. An activist and an advocate, Ellen channeled her journalistic talents to become a forceful voice for breast cancer patients and their families. She educated her readers about the importance of early detection, the challenges of living with breast cancer, the very real, but little-discussed or understood, issue of pain management, and the debilitating effects of breast cancer on the entire family.
The Ellen Hermanson Foundation is continuing Ellen’s work by focusing on three areas, primarily to serve breast cancer patients on the East End of Long Island: educational outreach about the importance of mammography and early detection to medically under-served communities of women; psychosocial support services that address the broad range of issues facing breast cancer patients, survivors, spouses, families, and friends; and research on improving understanding of pain management and methods for treating pain.
The Ellen Hermanson Foundation is unique in its commitment to helping breast cancer patients and their families cope with the changing nature of the physical and emotional aspects of breast cancer.
Early on As a child, Designer Lu Berry developed a keen sense for detail, fabric and craftsmanship from her parents South American boutiques and tanneries. Her family has had a history of designing and manufacturing garments, leather goods, and native handmade products in Bogota Columbia. “I was always involved in retail and working in their stores,” she replied.
Lu Berry decided to make her home in Southampton and established her swimwear line by sending two-dozen swimsuit sketches to her parents to manufacture. The rest is history. Her first Hamptons collection was shown in 2004 and Hamptonites enjoy her bikinis without underwires, push-ups, or seams, women began to take an interest,” LuBerry revealed.
Lu Berry vision in designing swimwear is to perfect her 60s retro styled bikinis in many variations including halters, strings, color coordinated combinations and reversible separates which is an ideal concept as consumers get two bathing suits for the price of one.
For more information on Lu Berry’s sexy swimwear please visit www.luberry.com and for more information on Ellen Hermanson Breast Center please visit www.ellensrun.org