Cognac's Corner Magazine


CryBaby Productions

516-425-1924


Garden City Hotel Hosts Winter White Party on December 7, 2017

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Garden City Hotel Publicist Sara Anne Fingerman at the Winter White Party


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Nicole Teitler at The Winter White Party at the Garden City Hotel


Stylist Patricia Parenti poses for a photo-op at the Winter White Party at the Garden City Hotel Fascinator  Designed by Dora Marra

Click this text to start editing. This block is great for showcasing a particular feature or aspect of your business. It could be a signature product, an image of your entire staff, an image or your physical location, etc. Double click the image to customize it.

Stylist Patricia Ann Parenti and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at the Winter White Party at the Garden City Hotel

Click this text to start editing. This block is great for showcasing a particular feature or aspect of your business. It could be a signature product, an image of your entire staff, an image or your physical location, etc. Double click the image to customize it.

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at the Winter White Party at the Garden City Hotel

Click this text to start editing. This block is great for showcasing a particular feature or aspect of your business. It could be a signature product, an image of your entire staff, an image or your physical location, etc. Double click the image to customize it.

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at the Winter White Party at the Garden City Hotel

Click this text to start editing. This block is great for showcasing a particular feature or aspect of your business. It could be a signature product, an image of your entire staff, an image or your physical location, etc. Double click the image to customize it.

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Renowned musician Andrew Flescher, Sammi Rae Murciano and Lori Murciano at the Winter White Party at The Garden City Hotel

Click this text to start editing. This block is great for showcasing a particular feature or aspect of your business. It could be a signature product, an image of your entire staff, an image or your physical location, etc. Double click the image to customize it.

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane and Gail King pose for a photo-op at the Winter White Party at The Garden City Hotel


Click this text to start editing. This block is great for showcasing a particular feature or aspect of your business. It could be a signature product, an image of your entire staff, an image or your physical location, etc. Double click the image to customize it.

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Founder Warren Hance of Beautifulme at The Winter White Party at the Garden City Hotel

Just in time for the holidays, Glamorous Long Islanders attended the Winter White Party on December 7, 2017 at the elegantS Garden City Hotel in Garden City, New York.


Guests enjoyed cocktails and entertainment by Singer Songwriter Sammi Rae Murciano, Renowned musician Andrew Flescher playing traditional holiday tunes on the piano and Date Night with Connie & Chrissy.


The Winter White Party also included Networking, Live Music, Raffles, one Winter White Swag Bag and a Signature Cocktail.


The Silent Auction was presented to Benefit: The Hance Family Foundation: Beautiful Me.

I had a chance to chat with Founder Warren Hance who started the organization after the the tragic death of his three beautiful daughters in a devastating car crash.


Founders Jackie and Warren Hance, parents of Emma, Alyson, and Katie, lost their daughters tragically in a car accident on the Taconic State Parkway in New York State on July 26, 2009. Since losing their daughters, they formed the Hance Family Foundation, whose mission is so vital, no single word can describe it: to honor the lives of their three beautiful girls by sharing their innovative self-esteem educational programming. They have chosen to focus on how their daughters lived, rather than how they died.


Beautiful Me…the Emma, Alyson, and Katie Hance Project is their nationally-known platform for females of all ages. They have a proven track record of improving self-esteem for participants. Beautiful Me teaches females how to think positively and with assurance about their bodies, their skills, and their relationships with others.


The Foundation supports children’s endeavors, such as our flagship educational programming: The EAK Projects, which foster community spirit, social skills, and self-esteem in children ages 5-18. They also add to children’s lives through their giving program: Heart Hands Hope. They give substantial donations to schools and children’s organizations, and through holiday toy drives and delivery of school supplies. The Foundation is based in Floral Park but is growing quickly, touching the lives of children across Long Island, in NYC, NJ, Chicago, Philadelphia, and potentially nationwide.


For more information please visit http://www.hancefamilyfoundation.org


I also had the chance to chat with Singer, Songwriter Sammi Rae Murciano.


Sammi is a singer from Long Island, New York. She has been singing for a little over two years. Singing isn't her hobby, it's her passion. She is inspired by many amazing artists such as Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, and Beyonce. Her strong and soulful voice is well beyond her years. Sammi feels that you have to believe in yourself and have confidence to be successful. Most importantly, don't let anyone bring you down, ignore negative energy, and never give up! Sammi believes that you should always treat people the way you want to be treated and look for the best in everyone. Sammi is very thankful for her family and all of the support she receives from everyone. Sammi is always recording new music and making music videos. She has also been performing live at many different venues. Sammi's

For more information please visit https://www.sammiraemurciano.com/


The Garden City Hotel is a timeless and elegannt hotel with modern-day comfort.

Spacious guest rooms, luxurious deluxe and penthouse suites, first-class culinary team and genuine hospitality are hallmarks of this legendary hotel. The Garden City Hotel is conveniently located just 24 miles from Manhattan,12 miles from JFK and a 1-minute walk to the Long Island Railroad.


Perks include, 30,000 square feet of renovated and flexible meeting and event space, Red Door Spa, innovative fitness center, indoor pool, plus our outdoor Patio Bar, Polo Lounge and Polo Steakhouse. Parking is complimentary and the property is pet friendly.


For more information please visit http://www.gardencityhotel.com/

Keep reading Cognac's Corner Magazine for the very best in red carpet events in Manhattan, Long Island and the Hamptons.


Pink Champagne Kisses

Cognac Wellerlane

Scotto Brothers and Fox Hollow Celebrates Their 8th Holiday Season Toys For Tots Toy Drive

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Scotto Brothers Co-Anthony Scotto at the 8th Annual  Fox Hollow Toy For Tots Toy Drive


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at the Scotto Brothers 8th Annual Fox Hollow Toys For Tots Toy Drive


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at the Scotto Brothers 8th Annual Fox Hollow Toys For Tots Toy Drive

Fox Hollow Celebrates Their 8th Holiday Season Toys For Tots


The Scotto Brothers once again hosted their 8th Toys For Tots Toy Drive.


Guests attended donating an unwrapped toy and stayed to enjoy the festivities for a fun filled evening with photos with Santa, live music pizza, hot dogs, baked macaroni & desserts.


Entertainment by North Shore Studio of Dance.


The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.


The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.


The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.


The principal Toys for Tots activity which takes place each year is the collection and distribution of toys in the communities in which a Marine Corps Reserve Unit is located. In communities without a Reserve Unit, the campaign can be conducted by a Marine Corps League Detachment or group of men and women, generally veteran Marines, authorized by Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to conduct a local Toys for Tots campaign. Local Toys for Tots Campaign Coordinators conduct an array of activities throughout the year, which include golf tournaments, foot races, bicycle races and other voluntary events designed to increase interest in Toys for Tots, and concurrently generate toys and monetary donations.


Fox Hollow is a Luxury Boutique Hotel on Long Island.


Reminiscent of an enchanting era, The Inn At Fox Hollow is a luxurious boutique hotel on Long Island, New York. Set on a beautiful eight acre estate with gardens and waterfalls, The Inn is a tranquil retreat where you can relax, lounge, celebrate and get away on the beautiful North Shore. Located in Woodbury, on Long Island's Gold Coast, The Inn offers classic elegance, modern luxury and timeless hospitality.


Relax in luxurious boutique suites with neo-classic design, and designer furnishings. Their gorgeous suites features dining and living spaces, kitchens,The Inn At Fox Hollow - Luxury Boutique on Long Island platform beds, sleeper sofa, HD LCD TVs, safe, iHome dock, and spa bathrooms with showers or deep soaking tubs, and European products. Custom work stations, two-line phones with complimentary local calls and complimentary Wi-Fi keep you connected.

The Inn at Fox Hollow offers a trendy food and wine scene, with classic steakhouses, sushi bars, wine lounges and private dining. Start with their complimentary Dinner Buffet Monday-Thursday evenings with delicious cuisine prepared by their famous chefs. Sample creative regional foods and boutique wines at Vintage 25 Wine Bar & Lounge at the Inn at Fox Hollow, or savor modern Italian at Volpe Restaurant & Lounge located at the Fox Hollow which is adjacent to the Inn. Enhance your culinary getaway at our partner restaurants, Rare650 and Blackstone - the area's premier steakhouses - with exclusive guest discounts and free shuttle service.


For more information about Fox Hollow please visit theinnatfoxhollow.com and to learn more about Toys for Tots please visit https://www.toysfortots.org


Keep reading Cognac's Corner Magazine for the very best in red carpet events and charity galas in Manhattan, Long Island and The Hamptons.


Pink Champagne Kisses

Cognac Wellerlane


SAMUEL WAXMAN CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION

ELIN & MICHAEL NIERENBERG

COLLABORATING FOR A CURE

20th ANNIVERSARY BENEFIT DINNER & AUCTION

William T. Sullivan, Dr. Samuel and Marion Waxman, Michael and

Elin Nierenberg, and Chris Wragge (Photo Credit: Annie Watts)


Marion Waxman, Dr. Samuel Waxman (Photo Credit: Patrick McMullan)


Chris Wragge (Photo Credit: Patrick McMullan)


The Avett Brothers (Photo Credit: Patrick McMullan)


Michael Nierenberg, Elin Nierenberg, Ali Nierenberg, Jonny Nierenberg (Photo Credit: Patrick McMullan)

Matthew Gorin, Jody Gorin, Allie Gorin (Photo Credit: Patrick McMullan)




TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at SAMUEL WAXMAN CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION

ELIN & MICHAEL NIERENBERG

COLLABORATING FOR A CURE

20th ANNIVERSARY BENEFIT DINNER & AUCTION

The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) hosted its 20th Anniversary Collaborating for a Cure Benefit Dinner & Auction at Cipriani Wall Street, posthumously honoring William S. Gorin, former CEO of MFA Financial, Inc., and featuring a musical performance by The Avett Brothers. The gala also introduced SWCRF’s new Partnerships for Aging and Cancer Research Program, in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute on Aging. Chris Wragge, co-anchor of CBS 2 News This Morning, served as master of ceremonies for the event, which raised approximately $2.5 million for SWCRF cancer research programs.


This year’s event was attended by about 800 corporate executives, board members, and their guests. The money raised will support the Foundation’s research efforts to produce a cure for cancer by reprogramming cancer cells, and to deliver tailored, minimally toxic treatments to patients. The scientists funded by the SWCRF have made significant breakthroughs in cancer research, including identifying pathways to deliver novel therapies to treat cancer.

Notable attendees included Marion Waxman and Dr. Samuel Waxman; Elin and Michael Nierenberg; Chris Wragge; William T. Sullivan; The Avett Brothers; Jody, Matthew, and Allie Gorin; Julie and Scott Waxman; Bettina and Spencer Waxman; Hugh Hildesley; Robin Lathrop; Maria and Kenneth Fishel; Nancy, Howard, Charles, and Emma Kurz; Barry Cohen; Phyllis and Gary Gladstein; Louis Perone; Jeff Gladstein; Mary Kantor; Dena K. Weiner; Sandy, Marc, Jake, and Chloe Taub; Tom Marano; Marc Toscano; Greg Overlander; Peter Cherasia; Chris Arlotta; Mario Pecoraro; Greg Schwab; Naira Velumyan; JK Sezlik; and Samantha Santiago-Jones and Steve Jones.


After a cocktail reception and silent auction, SWCRF Collaborating for a Cure Gala host Michael Nierenberg thanked the foundation’s board, staff, and the evening’s guests before introducing Master of Ceremonies Chris Wragge. Mr. Wragge welcomed SWCRF founder and CEO Dr. Samuel Waxman to the stage. Dr. Waxman thanked the hosts, Mr. and Mrs. Nierenberg, along with all of the donors, for more than 20 years of giving, and outlined some of the organization’s major achievements before providing an update on the SWCRF’s Partnerships for Aging and Cancer Research program, a collaboration with the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute on Aging that will add more partners. Research funded by the program, which launches officially next year, will study the environmental and genetic factors that increase the risk of cancer as people age. Dr. Waxman announced that the partnership has a goal of building a $20 million fund.


Following Dr. Waxman’s announcement, Mr. Nierenberg introduced a video tribute to Mr. Gorin, who passed away from pancreatic cancer in August 2017. In the video, Mr. Gorin’s family and friends, including his widow Jody Gorin, reflected on his legacy, painting the picture of an optimistic, driven, and family oriented man who never let the disease get in the way of his enjoyment of life’s moments. After the video, Mr. Nierenberg and Dr. Waxman presented Mrs. Gorin with the William S. Gorin Memorial Award, which marks the introduction of an annual grant to fund research by a special investigator working in pancreatic cancer.


Hugh Hildesley, Executive Vice President of Sotheby’s, then introduced the first auction of the night, in which donors bid at three high levels—$10,000, $25,000 and $50,000. SWCRF Executive Director William T. Sullivan then introduced the gala’s Text to Pledge, a mobile fundraising technology through which guests texted their donations accompanied by messages of encouragement and celebration that appeared on large screens in the venue in real-time throughout the evening. Afterwards, Mr. Nierenberg welcomed Mary Stone of Bank of America on stage to share a heartfelt remembrance of her colleague Sonia Chun, who passed away in August after a battle with Triple-Negative breast cancer.


The evening’s live auction was led with lively enthusiasm by Mr. Hildesley. Guests bid on exclusive items such as: A ten-course meal with wine pairings for eight guests at Chef Gabriel Kreuther’s exclusive kitchen table, which sold for $9,000; reservations for six at Rao’s, featuring a hand-picked, Chef prepared menu including appetizers, entrees, desserts, and wine, which sold for $21,000; and the evening’s highest bid, a Palm Bay International Spanish vineyards, castle, and wine package which sold for $36,000. Other auction items included two house seats to the sold-out Springsteen on Broadway (sold for $17,000) and a private wine tasting for 25 at Italian Wine Merchants, which went for $14,000.


Silent auction items will be available for bidding at CharityStars.com until November 30th, 2017, and include: An opportunity to see one of Bette Midler’s final performances in Hello, Dolly!; Tickets to The Dr. OZ Show and The Ellen DeGeneres Show; a caviar luxury spa package at the Ritz-Carlton in New York City; signed jerseys from New York Jets legend Joe Namath and the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Franco Harris; hotel stays including the Club Barbados Resort & Spa, the Verandah Resort & Spa in Antigua, and the Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood, California; dinner gift certificates to top New York City restaurants such as Cipriani, Casa Lever, Delmonico’s, and La Masseria; a painting by artist Alexey Klokov; and four front-row tickets to see the New York Jets play the San Diego Chargers, among many other exciting offerings.


After the auction, guests were treated to an exclusive concert by folk rock band The Avett Brothers.

Known affectionately by New Yorkers as “The Waxman,” this yearly fête is one of the top fundraising events in New York City. In recent years, “The Waxman” has raised millions of dollars to support the Foundation’s research efforts to produce a cure for cancer. Past celebrity performers have included Ziggy Marley, Train, Peter Frampton, Gregg Allman, Kid Rock, Steely Dan, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Sheryl Crow, John Fogerty, Roger Daltrey, and Counting Crows.



About William S. Gorin

William S. Gorin was the Chief Executive Officer of MFA Financial, Inc. from January 2014 through the time of his death in August 2017. He also served as a member of MFA’s Board of Directors from 2010 through August 2017. From 2008 to 2013, Mr. Gorin served as President of MFA. From 1997 to 2008, he served as an Executive Vice President of the company and, from 2001 to September 2010, he also served as its Chief Financial Officer. During his tenure with MFA, he also served as the company’s Treasurer and Secretary. From 1989 to 1997, he held various positions with PaineWebber Incorporated/Kidder, Peabody & Co. Incorporated, serving as a First Vice President in the Research Department. Prior to that position, Mr. Gorin was Senior Vice President in the Special Products Group. From 1982 to 1988, Mr. Gorin was employed by Shearson Lehman Hutton, Inc./E.F. Hutton & Company Inc. in various positions in corporate finance and direct investments. Mr. Gorin received an M.B.A. from Stanford University and his undergraduate degree from Brandeis University.


About The Avett Brothers

If you put your ear to the street, you can hear the rumble of the world in motion; people going to and from work, to school, to the grocery store. You may even hear the whisper of their living rooms, their conversation, their complaints, and if you’re lucky, their laughter. If you’re almost anywhere in America, you’ll hear something different, something special, something you recognize but haven’t heard in a long time. It is the sound of a real celebration. It is not New Year’s, and it is not a political convention. It is neither a prime time game-show, nor a music video countdown, bloated with fame and sponsorship. What you are hearing is the love for a music. It is the unbridled outcry of support for a song that sings to the heart, that dances with the soul. The jubilation is in the theaters, the bars, the music clubs, the festivals. The love is for a band. The songs are honest: just chords with real voices singing real melodies. But, the heart and the energy with which they are sung, is really why people are talking, and why so many sing along. They are a reality in a world of entertainment built with smoke and mirrors, and when they play, the common man can break the mirrors and blow the smoke away, so that all that’s left behind is the unwavering beauty of the songs. That’s the commotion, that’s the celebration, and wherever The Avett Brothers are tonight, that’s what you’ll find.

About the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation

The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to curing and preventing cancer. The Foundation is a pioneer in cancer research and its mission is to eradicate cancer by funding cutting-edge research that identifies and corrects abnormal gene function that causes cancer. This research is the basis for developing minimally toxic treatments for patients. Through the Foundation’s collaborative group of world-class scientists, the Institute Without Walls, investigators share information and tools to speed the pace of cancer research. Since its inception in 1976, the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation has awarded approximately $90 million to support the work of more than 200 researchers across the globe.

For more information, visit: www.waxmancancer.org. Like SWCRF on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @WaxmanCancer.

Imagine a world in which cancer can be treated without disrupting life, can be cured, or can even be prevented.


For more information about Charity galas in Manhattan, Long Island and the Hamptons keep reading Cognac's Corner Magazine.


Pink Champagne Kisses

Cognac Wellerlane





14th Annual 'Celebration of Life' Gala

For

Neuroendocrine Cancer Awareness Network  


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Founder Maryann Wahmann at The 14th Annual 'Celebration of Life' Gala

For

Neuroendocrine Cancer Awareness Network  


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Executive Director Bob Wahmann at The 14th Annual 'Celebration of Life' Gala

For

Neuroendocrine Cancer Awareness Network  


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Honoree Dr. Eric Liu at The 14th Annual 'Celebration of Life' Gala

For

Neuroendocrine Cancer Awareness Network  


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Honoree Felicia Temple at The 14th Annual 'Celebration of Life' Gala

For

Neuroendocrine Cancer Awareness Network  


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Supporter Mrs. Mueller at The 14th Annual 'Celebration of Life' Gala

For

Neuroendocrine Cancer Awareness Network  


Mr. and Mrs. Ken Ertel and Mr. and Mrs. Karl Mueller pose for a photo-op at The

14th Annual 'Celebration of Life' Gala

For

Neuroendocrine Cancer Awareness Network  


Supporter Christy Chan poses for a photo-op at The 14th Annual 'Celebration of Life' Gala

For

Neuroendocrine Cancer Awareness Network  


Supporter Kelly Pullin poses for a photo-op at The 14th Annual 'Celebration of Life' Gala

For

Neuroendocrine Cancer Awareness Network  


TV Host  Cognac Wellerlane poses with Michael Wellbrock at The 14th Annual 'Celebration of Life' Gala

For

Neuroendocrine Cancer Awareness Network  


TV Host  Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at The 14th Annual 'Celebration of Life' Gala

For

Neuroendocrine Cancer Awareness Network  


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at The 14th Annual 'Celebration of Life' Gala

For

Neuroendocrine Cancer Awareness Network  

Supporters and Guests attended the 14th Annual 'Celebration of Life' Gala

For

Neuroendocrine Cancer Awareness Network

'Celebration of Life' Gala Honorary Chair Felicia Temple

2017 Above and Beyond Award Dr Eric Liu

Special Surprise Above and Beyond Award Announced at the Gala



The Neuroendocrine Cancer Awareness Network's Board of Directors invited all to attebd their 14tth Annual 'Celebration of Life' Gala. It's an evening of sharing- with Dinner, Cocktails, Dancing, a Silent Auction and Raffles. Funds raised will benefit neuroendocrine cancer patients and get us one step closer to a cure!

Take Action, Make a Difference!


Those who came to participate will help NCAN keep important programs like these available to neuroendocrine cancer patients:

Patient Hotline

Patient Conferences

Information Packets

Support Group Assistance

Funding for Research


NCAN is listed with www.guidestar.org & www.greatnonprofit.org


The power of your contribution...

The money you give will help the Neuroendocrine Cancer Awareness Network continue to provide programs and services essential to neuroendocrine cancer patients.

Your contribution, large or small, makes a difference:

$15 provides supplies to a patient support group for a month

$25 supplies a comprehensive patient information packet to a neuroendocrine cancer patient, ensuring that the patient will be a good advocate for his/her care

$50 provides DVDs showing cutting edge information from a NET patient conference to a patient

$100 from 20 donors sends an expert to provide urgently needed information at a patient conference

$200 keeps the patient hotline open for a month

$500 sponsors a patient to attend a regional patient conference

$1,000 sponsors a doctor to learn more about neuroendocrine cancer and earn CME credits

$2,000 starts the ball rolling toward funding a research grant


What is Neuroendocrine Cancer?


Neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) is the umbrella term for a group of unusual, often slow- growing cancers, which arise from neuroendocrine cells found throughout the body. For years this group of cancers was identified as a specific disease called carcinoid. This term is being replaced in medical literature by the term NETs.


Here are things you may not know about this disease:

Carcinoid /NET cancers are known to affect over 125,000 patients in the United States.

12,000 people are diagnosed annually.


Initially, over 90% of all Carcinoid/ NET patients are incorrectly diagnosed and treated for the wrong disease.

Average time from initial onset of symptoms to proper diagnosis exceeds five years.

Many patients go untreated for years and have been told they have another disease. However, due to the generosity and selfless effort of many people, progress IS being made!


If the tumors are found early and you get proper treatment, you can live a long life. There are many 20 year survivors living in the USA. Failure to diagnose the disease and provide proper treatment, however, has the most serious consequence.


Why Contribute to NCAN?


To better reflect the community we serve, CCAN is now NCAN- a 501(c)(3) non-profit incorporated in 2004. Our Mission is to intensify awareness of Neuroendocrine Cancer including Carcinoid. NCAN provides information and support to NET patients / caregivers via e-mail, our web site, and toll free phone. The phone line, answered by a patient or caregiver at all times, is open 7 days a week 9 am – 9 pm EST, 365 days a year! We want you to know the person on the other end of the phone understands first-hand about the disease. We’ve also sent several thousand free information packets on request. We provide support groups with information, awareness items and financial support.

NCAN has produced nearly 60 conferences both national and regional around the country. These events have been beneficial for thousands of patients and their families. With these conferences, we keep patients up-to-date on information impacting the decisions made regarding their care, including new diagnostics and treatments available and upcoming. NET CARE a division of NCAN has started educating medical professionals now as well.

NCAN has been a proud member of The North American Neuroendocrine Tumor Society since 2006, providing funding and support. Maryann Wahmann had served on the NANETS advisory board since 2009 through 2016, also served on the advisory board of The Healing NET Foundation. Serve on The SPORE advisory council since 2012.


What's with the Zebra?


Did you ever wonder where the Zebra mascot got started, or those stuffed zebras and zebra bracelets came from? They were designed by CCAN back in 2003. You can say we were "The Original ZEBRA". It describes NET patients well because no two zebra's stripes are the same and NO two NET Cancer patients are the same. The other reason is that in medical school students are taught when hearing hoof beats think horses not zebras. In other words, look for the common not the uncommon or rare. Since then over 450,000 bracelets have been distributed. We also distribute other awareness items such as t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, tote bags, rulers, lapel pins, x-mas ornaments and car magnets.


Together we can beat neuroendocrine cancer!


To learn more information please visit http://netcancerawareness.org/


Keep reading Cognac's Corner Magazine for the very best in red carpet charity galas.


Pink Champagne Kisses

Cognac Wellerlane





SARDAA Hosted inaugural Shatter Stigma Benefit At Dream Hotel In Manhattan

Co-Chair lydiane Interdonato Speaks at SARDAA's Inaugural Shatter Stigma Benefit At Dream Hotel In Manhattan




TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Debra Rothberg, Co-Chair lydiane Interdonato and Photographer Paul Prince at SARDAA's Inaugural Shatter Stigma Benefit At Dream Hotel In Manhattan 


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Chairman John Cruise, Singer Mike D'Amico and Supporter Susan Sheena at  SARDAA's Inaugural Shatter Stigma Benefit At Dream Hotel In Manhattan


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at  SARDAA's Inaugural Shatter Stigma Benefit At Dream Hotel In Manhattan

SARDAA Hosted inaugural Shatter Stigma Benefit At

 Dream Hotel In Manhattan


Guests gathered to give their support for the Inaugural Shatter Stigma Benefit on October 24, 2017 at The Gallery at Dream Downtown Hotel in New York City. The benefit was given to bring awareness and to shatter stigma in New York City and help improve lives affected by schizophrenia and related brain disorders.
Supporters enjoyed a Cocktail reception, hors d'oeuvres, entertainment that included HVoS star Dan Laitman, silent and live auctions to include South African Safari for two.
Contributions and Sponsorships will help support SARDAA programs and anti-stigma initiatives including the reclassification of schizophrenia.


Shatter Stigma Committee Includes:
Co-Chair: Lydiane Interdonato & Brad Sheena
Susan Sheena
Susan Dutch
Beth Feldman Curcio
Chief Executive Officer, Linda Stalters
Director of External Affairs, Flora Davis


I had the pleasure of interviewing Interior Designer Co-chair Lyndiane Interdonato who has a history Schizophrenia in her family. Both her parents were diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.
Single mother to two darling boys, and school counselor with an affinity for her family, interior design and gardening. Her penchant for interior decorating inspired her to create Stellar Interiors by Lydiane an interior design company specializing in innovative contemporary and modern designs, along with a blog of superlative designs and tips on decorating.


She attended Queens College with an undergraduate degree in Psychology and obtained a Master's in School Counseling from Touro College. Her inspirtion for helping others face adversities and her gregarious nature led her to the field of school counseling. School counseling has been immensely rewarding as she derives great pleasure in fostering the self growth and educational objectives of her students along with wonderful working hours that don't infringe upon her time with my two children. In conjunction to her love of helping others interior design has always been an outlet where her creativity can manifest. As a child she was impassioned about drawing and painting....a prodigious hobby of hers. Preceding the birth of my eldest son I created a handmade line of semi-precious stone jewelry that was disseminated to local stores. Her desire to help others also led her down the road to philanthropy and bringing awareness about paranoid schizophrenia, a mental disorder that afflicted both her parents.


Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder in which people interpret reality abnormally. Schizophrenia may result in some combination of hallucinations, delusions, and extremely disordered thinking and behavior that impairs daily functioning, and can be disabling.


Schizophrenia is a chronic condition, requiring lifelong treatment.


There's no sure way to prevent schizophrenia. However, early treatment may help get symptoms under control before serious complications develop and may help improve the long-term outlook.


Sticking with the treatment plan can help prevent relapses or worsening of schizophrenia symptoms. In addition, researchers hope that learning more about risk factors for schizophrenia may lead to earlier diagnosis and treatment.
Lyndiane Interdonato supports SARDAA, Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America.


Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America improves lives affected by schizophrenia-related brain illnesses (mental illnesses involving psychosis). SARDAA promotes hope and recovery through support programs, education, collaboration and advocacy. their vision is that every person living with a schizophrenia-related brain disorder receives respect, appropriate treatment and an opportunity to live a meaningful and satisfying life in a compassionate community free of discrimination.


For more information on how you can support, contribute and donate please visit https://sardaa.org/
Keep reading Cognac's Corner Magazine for the very best in red carpet events and charity galas.


Pink Champagne Kisses
Cognac Wellerlne

Ghosts, Gobblins And Ghouls Gather To Save Homeless Animals At Little Shelter's Masquerade Ball

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Executive Director David Ceely and Event & Operation Manager Tito Colon


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Executive Director David Ceely at the 20th Annual Little Shelter Masquerade Gala at Westbury Manor


Tito Colon, Steven Levich, David Ceely, Orietta De Luque and Wilson Guzman pose for a photo-op at the 10th Annual Little Shelter Masquerade Gala at

The Westbury Manor


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Tito Colon and Patricia Ann Parenti at the 10th Annual Little Shelter Masquerade Gala at 

The Westbury Manor


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for photo-ops with Maryann Chernovsky, President CEO, Executive Director David Ceely and Patricia Ann Parenti


10th Annual Little Shelter Masquerade Gala At The Westbury Manor


10th Annual Little Shelter Masquerade Gala At The Westbury Manor Best Costumes


10th Annual Little Shelter Masquerade Gala At The Westbury Manor 

Auction Items

On Thursday, October 19th Little Shelter Animal Rescue hosted its 10th Annual Masquerade Ball at the Westbury Manor in Westbury, Long Island. The evening was sponsored by Macy's, Bloomingdales and Ferrari-Maserati of Long Island, with all proceeds going directly to benefit the residents of Little Shelter.


This fun and frightful event encouraged attendees to dress up in costume and participate in spooky fun with an open dance floor, live DJ, costume contest and more, all in the spirit of rescue. The evening honorees included special guest Orietta De Luque and Carlos McConnie the hosts of Telemundo47's show Acceso Total, among other Little Shelter benefactors who were commended for their outstanding contributions in an award ceremony held at the formal dinner.


Throughout the affair guests enjoyed an open bar while perusing hundreds of prizes available like a Maserati filled weekend, a trip to Vegas and a brand new kitchen makeover worth $5000. Tickets for a chance to win can be purchased until the time of the drawing held at the height of the evening. This unique fundraiser scared up a record number of people at the manor for its 10th year celebration.


You can contact Little Shelter at 631-368-8770 ex. 26 for more information or visit the website at www.littleshelter.com


Keep reading Cognac's Corner Magazine for the best Charity Galas and red carpet events.


Pink Champagne Kisses

Cognac Wellerlne 

NY FIT FEST MEDIA PARTY AT BMW OF FREEPORT, NEW YORK



FITNESS EXPERTS AND ATHLETES POSE FOR A PHOTO-OP AT NY FIT FEST MEDIA PARTY AT THE BMW DEALERSHIP IN FREEPORT, NY


Athletes Alanna Locast, William Miller and Elizabeth Burkhard 

pose for a photo-op AT NY FIT FEST MEDIA PARTY AT THE BMW DEALERSHIP IN FREEPORT, NY


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Owner Greg Vitello of BMW of Freeport, NY At The NY Fit Fest Media Party

Supporters came to BMW of Freeport NY on Thursday August 17, 2017 Media Night / Pre-Party! The event was presented, hosted and sponsored by BMW of Freeport.


Sponsors included: lululemon, Flex Events HQ, Barrier Island CrossFit, Nassau Community College Foundation, Alanna Locast, Long Beach Jiu Jitsu, Muscle Milk, Vindagra U.S.A.


On September 17, NY Fit Fest will hold a very special event in Long Beach, New York.


END YOUR SUMMER STRONG WITH NY FIT FEST


30 CLASSES * WORLD CLASS ATHLETES AND AMBASSADORS * ON THE BEACH * SUNRISE TO SUNSET

ALL IN THE MIDDLE OF SOME SERIOUSLY GORGEOUS SCENERY SURFING * STAND UP PADDLE * KICKBOXING * HIP HOP VINYASA * CARDIO DANCE * JIU JITSU * MEDITATION * WEGHT LOSS WORKSHOPS * DETOX YOUR LIFE WORKSHOPS * ZUMBA * BARRIER ISLAND CROSSFIT * PLYOGA * SOUL SCULPT * BOLLY X * BUTT CAMP * MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKING * BUTI YOGA * PARISIS SPEED CAMP * SYSTEMA * PARTNER YOGA * F45 * HOT PILATES SECRET * DAILY DOSE OF FITNESS.


World renowned athletes, celebrity trainers and influencers will lead activities ranging from sunrise yoga, cycling, meditation, surfing, CrossFit, BootCamp’s, boxing, dance, health, beauty and wellness.


The Atlantic Ocean in Long Beach NY will serve as the breathtaking backdrop for a one of a kind fitness, wellness and beauty experience. Guests can attend nutrition lectures, motivational speakers and peruse our healthy living, beauty and apparel vendor booths along the Long Beach Boardwalk.


NY Fit Fest is bringing together the “Best of the Best”, and the latest trends in fitness.

When you purchase a ticket to NY Fit Fest, be assured the vendors, sponsors, and instructors have been handpicked for their reputations of excellence.


Build your own day of fitness and pick and choose what’s right for YOU.

For more information please visit http://nyfitfest.com/


Keep reading Cognac's Corner Magazine for the very best in red carpet events in Long Island, Manhattan and the Hamptons.


Pink Champagne Kisses

Cognac Wellerlane

59th Annual Southampton Hospital Summer Party

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Southampton Hospital President and CEO Robert S. Chaloner at The 59th Annual Southampton Summer Party


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interview Broadway Producers and Co-Chairs Terrence McNally, Tom Kirdahy at 

The 59 Southampton Hospital Summer Party


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Humanitarian and Philanthropist 

Sara Herbert-Galloway


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Caterer Lawrence Scott at

The 59 Southampton Hospital Summer Party


Southampton Co-Chairs Terrence McNally, Tom Kirdahy, Marigay McKee, and Bill Ford with Southampton Hospital President and CEO Robert S. Chaloner


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Fashion Designer Victor DeSouza at The 59 Southampton Hospital Summer Party


Publicist R. Couri Hay, Mimi Richman and Joe Alexander pose for a  photo-op at The 59 Southampton Hospital Summer Party


Marigay Mckee, Bill Ford, Melanie Wambold, Greg D'Elia pose for a photo-op at

The 59 Southampton Hospital Summer Party - Photo Credit Presley Ann-PMC




Philantrophist Jean Shafiroff poses for a photo-op with Carolyn Maloney  at The 59 Southampton Hospital Summer Party Photo Credit Presley Ann-PMC


Somers Farkas, Jonathan Farkas pose for a photo-op at

The 59 Southampton Hospital Summer Party 

Photo Credit Presley Ann-PMC


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Gary Andersen at at The 59 Southampton Hospital Summer Party

As always it was a glamorous guests list as the Glitterati of the Hamptons attended the 59th Southampton Summer Party, one of the biggest and most elegant events in the Hamptons. Inside the air conditioned tent I had a chance to interview President and CEO Robert S. Chaloner as he excitely mentioned, "We formally joined with Stony Brook on Tuesday, we are now officially Stony Brook Southampton Hospital! It will be an opportunity to bring all of their resources and skills together with all the great things about Southampton Hospital. So, this party marks a summer when so much is happening. Tonight, we have a large team of people who have joined us from Stony Brook, and the decor and food are just stunning."


This year Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s 59th Annual Summer Party Raised Over $1.5 Million.


Benefit Chairs Bill Ford and Marigay McKee, Terrence McNally and Tom Kirdahy, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s Chief Administrative Officer Robert Chaloner, and Southampton Hospital Foundation President Steve Bernstein welcomed 700 supporters to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s 59th Annual Summer on Saturday, August 5th. The night raised more than $1.5 million to provide support for the Jenny & John Paulson Emergency Department, the sole provider of emergency care on the South Fork, treating more than 25,000 people annually.


The festive evening was emceed by Fox 5 Good Day New York host Greg Kelly and brought out supporters including Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and wife Hilary Geary Ross, Southampton Village Mayor Michael Irving and wife Ellen Irving, Somers and Jonathan Farkas, Margo and John Catsimatidis, Julie Ratner, Douglas Elliman Real Estate Chairman Howard M. Lorber, who is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Stony Brook Southampton Hospital Foundation, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital Association Chairman Kenneth Wright, and Stony Brook University President Dr. Samuel Stanley.


The evening’s Honorary Chair was Georgina Bloomberg, and former event Chairs in attendance included Jean Fitzsimmons, Jean Shafiroff and husband Martin Shafiroff, and Audrey Gruss and husband Martin Gruss.

For more information on how you can support the Southampton Hospital please visit www.southamptonhospital.org

Keep reading Cognac's Corner Magazine for the very best in red carpet events.


Pink Champagne Kisses

Cognac Wellerlane