Tickets are no longer available in advance and can be purchased at the door the evening of the event. We hope you can join us!
In May 2000, Rita Wasserman moved to beautiful Springs in East Hampton, NY and fell in love with the proximity to the ocean, the natural beauty of the area and the vibrant cultural events. Being a volunteer and giving back to community was always a very important part of her life. In 2002 she became involved with Guild Hall and Bay Street Theater. At Guild Hall, Rita has served as lead usher for more than ten years, and is responsible for scheduling volunteers and overseeing ushers to ensure that all runs smoothly. She greatly enjoys coordinating events including the annual Clothesline Art Sale and serving as cashier in the very busy gallery. At Bay Street Theater, Rita has been involved with numerous fundraising events where she enjoys greeting guests and selling raffles. In addition to volunteering with these cultural institutions, Rita is active with the Defend H2O organization, Coalition for Women's Cancers, Alzheimer's Disease Resource Center, Hamptons International Film Festival, and has been a member of the Springs Citizen Advisory Committee for many years. Her dedication to political activism could be seen in the various capacities she served for many years for the East Hampton Democratic Party: volunteering as a poll watcher, hosting meet-and-greets with candidates in her home, canvassing door-to-door, fielding calls at the phone bank, and more. Rita is a proud supporter of the East Hampton Library, Slow Food East End, Wellness Foundation based in Sag Harbor, and Neo-Political Cowgirls. After her diagnosis and fight with breast cancer which began in 2003, Rita became deeply involved with The Ellen Hermanson Foundation becoming a beacon of hope for others like her who are affected by cancer. Rita has been a member of The Jewish Center of the Hamptons since 2011 where she is an active member. When Rita's husband, Ted, of 50 years passed away suddenly in 2010, her life was turned upside down. She had to create a new life for herself which was very hard to do. She is grateful for her two wonderful children, son-in-law and her family, as well as her incredible support group of great friends with helping her through this very difficult time in her life.
"After my diagnosis with breast cancer in 2003 I was overwhelmed. I will never forget the love, care and support I received from Ellen’s Well and Ellen's Run. I made up my mind then to do anything and everything I could to forward the mission of The Ellen Hermanson Foundation, which did so much for me and continues to help and change people’s lives, offering the most state-of-the-art procedures. I am so proud of The Ellen Hermanson Breast Center that Ellen’s Run has created and expanded over the years. This honor means more to me than words can say... Thank you from the bottom of my heart."
- Rita Wasserman