The Artists and Writers Softball Game and Ellen’s Run are to be contested this weekend — the Game at East Hampton’s Herrick Park on Saturday afternoon, and the Run, a fund-raiser for breast cancer care and research, at Southampton Hospital’s Parrish Hall Sunday morning.
Leif Hope, the popular softball game’s impresario, said that a recent Guild Hall exhibition of works by those who’ve played in the Game over the past 65 years had been very well received.
“It was sad to see it come down,” said Deb McEneaney, who, with Eric Ernst, Walter Bernard, and others, helped mount the show, which was largely underwritten by Mort Zuckerman, Len Riggio, and the Shana Alexander Foundation. “Guild Hall told us it was one of its biggest opening receptions ever. . . . It helped secure the Game’s rightful historic position on the East End, and broadened our audience. . . . It’s going to be an amazing year for our charities [the East Hampton Day Care Learning Center, Phoenix House of Long Island, East End Hospice, and the Retreat].”
She added that a panel discussion concerning the Game that included Zuckerman, Carl Bernstein, Juliet Papa, Ernst, Lori Singer, Ed Hollander, Bernard, and Hope “was pretty funny. . . . Many people suggested we take the show on the road it was so good. Hopefully, we’ll get a documentary together sometime.”
Hope said during a conversation over the weekend that he expected Jay McInerney, Matt Lauer, and Al Franken to be among the players. He was trying, he said, to get Wounded Warrior veterans to do the first-pitch honors, and hoped, as well, to assemble an ecumenical group to sing the national anthem.
The Game, won 12-11 in 10 innings last year by the Writers, is to begin at 2 p.m. Batting practice is to begin at noon. The rain date (there have been only two rainouts in its history) is Aug. 24.
In the modern (benefit) era, the Writers boast a 26-18-1 lead, though they hold only a slim 12-11-1 advantage in the post-modern era, the past quarter-century.
This will be the 18th year for Ellen’s Run, a 5K road race that since its incipience has contributed more than $1 million to Southampton Hospital’s Ellen P. Hermanson Breast Center, which opened in 2009.
Dr. Julie Ratner, the late Ellen Hermanson’s sister, and the race’s founder, said, “We gave out $210,000 in grants this past year, half of it to Southampton Hospital toward the cost of a $440,000 cutting-edge tomosynthesis breast-imaging machine with 3-D capability. The analogy is that this machine is to traditional mammography as a CAT scan is to a chest X-ray. It will provide earlier detection, more accurate readings, and will obviate callbacks.”
“It’s been up and running since the end of May. We’re committed to paying at least half of its cost, though I hope we can do even more. Having this tomosynthesis machine assures us that the breast center here will continue to be competitive with any other breast center.”
Ratner added that “we’re calling this the Eat and Run weekend. We’re celebrating our 18th year on the 18th. Twenty-three female chefs will be featured at our Pink Apron Party Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. in a tent at the intersection of Old Town and Wickapogue Roads, where the hospital has its annual gala. Christie Brinkley is the honorary chair, and that night we’re going to honor two extraordinary people, Dr. Harold Freeman, director of the Ralph Lauren Breast Center in New York State, who is helping women who live on the margins gain access to medical care, and Iris Dankner, an activist whose designer show house in Bridgehampton raised money for breast cancer research. And there will be live and silent auctions and a D.J. too.”
“I’m hoping hundreds of people will come to the party and that there will be 1,500 at Ellen’s Run. So that we can assure that the East End has access to quality care.”
Ellen’s Run’s Web site, ellensrun.org, has details concerning the party and the race, which was won last year by Luis Mancilla of Springs in 16 minutes and 39 seconds, and by Tara Farrell of East Quogue in 17:48.
There will be a party the night before the Artists-Writers Game, too, tomorrow at LTV Studios in Wainscott, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.