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August 01, 2007

Neat Feet to Help Ellen's Run


It's the best-attended annual foot race on the South Fork.

Ellen's Run, a 5K contest in which participants can either walk or jog, is slated to happen again this year August 19 beginning at East Hampton High School.

This year, a new twist to the fundraising efforts will include a "sneaker art auction" on August 18. Seventy-two local celebs and artists have been hard at work using Stephon Marbury-designed high top basketball shoes as their own personal canvases. Marbury is a point guard for the New York Knicks who has his own signature line of sports apparel.

Some of the bold-faced names involved in SNEAKERS del ARTE this year are: Ross Bleckner, Dale Chihuly, Katrina Del Mar, Audrey Flack, April Gornik, Billy Joel, Donna Karan, Dennis Oppenheim and Itzhak Perlman. The finished footwear is as unique as its creators.

Ellen's Run debuted in 1996 as a way to honor and remember Ellen Hermanson, a victim of breast cancer who succumbed to the disease in 1995. Hermanson's friends and family came together since her death to keep the event going and have put the proceeds of the run to good use. Important projects are funded with the money raised, such as a new East End mammography center, a breast screening program for women on the Shinnecock Reservation and support counseling for women undergoing chemotherapy and people who are living with and fighting breast cancer.

The SNEAKERS del ARTE event will take place at Ellen and Chuck Scarborough's home from 6 to 8:30 p.m. the day before Ellen's Run kicks off. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will also be served. The evening's honoree is the late Cynthia Scarborough who died from breast cancer three years ago. Tickets are still available for $150. Call 329-5480. Interested Ellen's Run race participants may sign up for the 5K at active.com.

apatton@indyeastend.com

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