Maria Baum, a former portfolio manager, had the idea for the event over dinner with the Perrys a year ago. Richard Perry had introduced her to paddle boarding last summer. Baum wound up going out on the water almost every day as she went through chemotherapy for breast cancer.
"I'd be really angry, and then I'd get absorbed in the beauty of the bays," Baum said. "I would come back so peaceful and so energized that most people didn't realize what I was going through."
At left, Maria Baum, mother of four and an owner of the Sag Harbor restaurant Tutto Il Giorno, with Larry Baum, managing partner of Bay Street Advisors LLC, an executive search and consulting firm for the financial services industry.