The Eighth Annual Hamptons Paddle for Pink Raises $650K for BCRF!

Larry Baum, Katie Lee, Maria Baum photos in this feature by Rob Rich
This past Saturday, KDHamptons writer Willa O’Connor woke up early and went to paddle for the best cause at the charity event of the summer: Hamptons Paddle for Pink. The event raised an impressive $650,000 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Maria Baum, Larry Baum

Sag Harbor resident and mother of four, Maria Baum is an investor/entrepreneur who created Tutto Il Giorno and Dopo La Spiaggia restaurants as well as Splash Mixers following a long career as a derivatives trader on Wall Street. Maria was introduced to paddle boarding shortly after being diagnosed with breast cancer and found it provided a positive outlet during her treatment and subsequent recovery. Inspired by her own passion for the sport, Maria was moved to use paddle boarding as a way to raise critical funds for lifesaving breast cancer research.

Larry Baum, Sabrina Baum, Veronica Baum, Joey Baum, Gregory Baum, Maria Baum
Katie Lee

 Katie Lee, author, food critic and co-host of The Food Network’s “The Kitchen,” served as the event host, and was joined by special guests including Gina Bradley, Jennifer Levene Bruno, Pat & Dawn Kiernan, and Sandra Ripert.

Jameson Roeber, Ludovic Donsbeck

To date, the event has raised an incredible $10.5 million for lifesaving breast cancer research.

Paddle Diva Gina Bradley

It is thanks to incredible people like the Baums, as well as all who continue to donate, that we may someday defeat this awful disease.

Lisa Harbert (SPLASH)
Mary Beth Moore, Helen Gifford, Katie Lee, Gina Bradley

Paddle Divas
Pat Kiernan, Dawn Kiernan

Sandra Ripert
Taylor Creative

—by Willa O’Connor