Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Initiatives and contributions

Megan Hilty performed before more than 600 people at the Waldorf Astoria for the “Moving Forward Together to Fight Lupus Gala."
The Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR), Lupus Research Institute (LRI) and S.L.E. Lupus Foundation celebrated their first joint dinner at the “Moving Forward Together to Fight Lupus” Gala that heralded their upcoming merger. The largest lupus fundraiser in the world raised close to $3 million for innovative research that can save lives while advancing to a cure. 

Megan Hilty, the broadway, film and singer/actress on NBC’s Smash, brought the audience to its feet with her powerful voice and Hollywood glamour. Having starred in 9 to 5: The Musical, and Wicked, Megan returns to Broadway this December in the revival of Noises Off.
Robert Wood "Woody" Johnson IV, founder of the Alliance for Lupus Research and Chairman/CEO of the New York Jets; Television broadcaster Brenda Blackmom; Jennie DeScherer who was honored for her long dedication on the boards of the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation and Lupus Research Institute; Richard "Dick" DeSherer, President of the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation and Chief Legal and Compliance Officer, Bloomberg; Ken Farber, president, Alliance for Lupus Research; Margaret G. Dowd, president/CEO, Lupus Research Institute and Executive Director, S.L.E. Lupus Foundation; S.L.E. Lupus Foundation founder Susan Golick who received the 2015 Visionary Award along with Jennie DeScherer (front left), and performer Megan Hilty who is returning to Broadway in the revival of Noises Off (front right), all of whom have lupus or have a close friend or family member with the condition, came together for the "Moving Forward Together to Fight Lupus" Gala.
Founder of the Alliance for Lupus Research and Chairman and CEO New York Jets, Robert Wood “Woody” Johnson IV, and Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO, iHeartMedia, Inc. co-hosted the evening with Richard DeScherer, President of the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation and Chief Legal & Compliance Officer, Bloomberg L.P. and Robert J. Ravitz, Chairman, Lupus Research Institute. Television broadcaster, lupus advocate and devoted mom to her daughter with lupus, Brenda Blackmon, served as emcee with inimitable warmth and charm.

Michelle Ifill accepted the Corporate Leadership Award on behalf of Verizon Communications, Inc. for their long-time support of the ALR’s research initiatives and contributions to the lupus community. Thousands of Verizon employees have attended ALR walkathon events across the country and have raised more than half a million dollars by going out and fundraising on their own. 
Brenda Blackmom emceed the event, which raised close to $3 million for lupus research
Megan Hilty performing
The 2015 Visionary Award recognized the outstanding contributions of two extraordinary women with lupus -- S.L.E. Lupus Foundation founder Susan Golickand Jennie DeScherer, dedicated member of the Boards of the Foundation and Lupus Research Institute. Three-term Mayor of New York City, entrepreneur and philanthropist Michael R. Bloomberg presented Jennie with her Visionary Award, describing her as an “inspiring example of someone who won’t let this disease get in the way of living her life to the fullest.” Presenting the award to Susan, LRI and S.L.E. Lupus Foundation Board member Jerry Chazen thanked her for launching the lupus movement in America 45 years ago and for her continued involvement in helping shape the organization’s growth.

“Tonight we honor the champions who had the extraordinary vision and pioneering spirit to support the most novel research,” noted Margaret G. Dowd, President and CEO of the Lupus Research Institute and Executive Director of the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation.  “We support patient-centric research which means that everything is about the patients and for the patients.”
Dick DeScherer, Jennie DeScherer, and Katie DeSantis
Lenard and Fern Tessler
“This year’s Gala celebrates the strength of the lupus community as it brings people from ever-widening circles together to fight for a common cause,” said Kenneth M. Farber, President of the Alliance for Lupus Research.  “The upcoming merger of the ALR with the Lupus Research Institute and S.L.E. Lupus Foundation is enormously exciting as the culmination of our ongoing collaboration and the launch of the world’s largest group dedicated to advancing innovative research in lupus.”

Six hundred guests attended included Matilda CuomoEdward and Arlyn Gardner; Bonnie Englebardt Lautenberg; Brett Heyman; Donald NewhouseJoan Sarnoff; Fern and Lenard Tessler; and Carol and Michael WeismanGovernor Andrew Cuomo was not able to attend but sent a letter of congratulations and Assistant Secretary of Health Tracie Gardner in his stead.
Jerry Chazen, Margaret Dowd, and Bill Wolfe
Kathleen Arntsen, Lynn Goldstein, Matilda Cuomo, and Mary Belle
Michael and Carol Weisman
Robert Wood Johnson IV and Michelle Ifill
Jerry Chazen and Susan Golick
Jennie DeShererand Bonnie Englebardt Lautenberg
Matilda Cuomo and Jennie DeSherer
Barbara and David Tracy
John Silverman and Michael Weisman
Dr. Daniel Wallace, Carol Weisman, Janice Wallace, and Fern Tessler
Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF), a nonprofit organization which remains steadfast in its commitment to identify and fund groundbreaking cancer research programs to save the lives of millions, hosted its annual New York Dinner at the The Pierre Hotel on Wednesday, December 2, 2015. The event raised more than $6 million to support groundbreaking discoveries in cancer research.

The dinner honored the 20th Season the Prostate Cancer Foundation has partnered with Major League Baseball and its team owners for the PCF Homerun Challenge, with Baseball Hall of Fame Managers Joe Torre, Tommy Lasorda and Tony La Russa. PCF also presented David Cohen of Comcast an award recognizing his philanthropic endeavors on behalf of PCF’s Philadelphia partners, funding groundbreaking research.
Dr. Jonathan Simons
Ed Rendell
Notable attendees included: Michael & Lori Milken (Founder, Prostate Cancer Foundation), Whoopi Goldberg (Event Host; Co-Host, The View), John O’Hurley (Event Host), David Cohen (Honoree; EVP, Comcast), Mark & Debbie Attanasio (Event Co-Chairs; Owner, Milwaukee Brewers), Seth Bernstein (Event Co-Chair; CEO, Stromberg LLC.),Todd Boehly (Event Co-Chair; Co-Owner, Los Angeles Dodgers), Dr. Richard Merkin (Event Co-Chair; CEO, Heritage Provider Network), Artie & Selma Rabin (Event Co-Chairs), Neal Rodin & Sharon Schutte-Rodin (Event Co-Chairs), Joe & Ali Torre (Event Co-Chairs; Chief Baseball Officer, MLB), John Fogerty (Performer), Forte (Performer), Isabel Leonard (Performer), Forte (Performer), Jerry Cohen (Co-Owner, New York Yankees), Tommy Lasorda (Special Advisor to The Chairman, Los Angeles Dodgers), Scott Minerd (C0-Owner, Los Angeles Dodgers), Tony La Russa (Chief Baseball Officer, Arizona Diamondbacks), Mark Walter (Co-Owner, Los Angeles Dodgers), Fred Wilpon (Owner, New York Mets), David and Sybil Yurman (Jeweler), Dr. Jonathan Simons (CEO, Prostate Cancer Foundation), John Paulson (President, Paulson & Co.), Edward Rendell (Former Governor, Pennsylvania), Bonnie Pfeifer Evans (Trustee, Charles Evans Foundation), Joel Paschow (Trustee, Charles Evans Foundation), Larry Leeds and  Dr. James Allison.
Fred Wilpon, Joe Torre, and Tommy Lasorda
Event Co-Chairs Included: Mark & Debbie Attanasio, Seth & Marie Bernstein, Todd & Katie Boehly, Michael Lehrman, Ambassador Earle & Carol Mack, Dr. Richard Merkin, Mike & Lori Milken, Artie & Selma Rabin, Neal Rodin & Sharon Schutte-Rodin, Joe & Ali Torre, Eustace Wolfington.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) is the world’s leading philanthropic organization funding and accelerating prostate cancer research. Founded in 1993, PCF has raised more than $615 million and provided funding to more than 2,000 research programs at nearly 200 cancer centers and universities. The PCF global research enterprise now extends to 19 countries. PCF advocates for greater awareness of prostate cancer and more efficient investment of governmental research funds for transformational cancer research. Its efforts has helped produce a 20-fold increase in government funding for prostate cancer.

For further information on the PCF, visit
Whoopi Goldberg and John O'Hurley
Neil Rodin and Scott Minerd
Ali Torre and Joe Torre
David Cohen
John Paulson
Ariel Hach and Stewart Rahr
Dr. Padamanee Sharma and Dr. James Allison
Michael Milken
Bonnie Pfeifer Evans
Hana Ryu, Sean Panikkar, and Josh Page
Tony LaRussa
Jerry Cohen and Ray Chambers
Mike Milken, Tommy Lasorda, and Joe Torre
Nathan Gunn, Isabel Leonard, with Josh Page, Sean Panikkar, and Hana Ryu of Forte Tenors
John Fogerty
Denise Rich and Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research celebrated the generous support of the foundation through its Angel Ball 2015 Gala at Tao Downtown on Monday, November 30, 2015.

The party toasted the success of Angel Ball, which raised over $3.6 million this year for cancer research held earlier this fall, with cocktails by Manhattan Moonshine, the world's first premium un-aged whiskey, 50 Bleu Vodka and Forever Young Wine.

Notable attendees included: Denise Rich, Michele Rella, Alicia Quarles, Rita Cosby, Cynthia Ott & James Coleman, Bonnie Pfeifer Evans, Lucia Hwong Gordon and William Kehler.
Each year, the Angel Ball is one of the top New York social events boasting attendees in the fields of business, philanthropy, and society alike at this annual celebration of life, music and the quest for a cure. The mission of Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research is to encourage the development of more effective therapies for patients with leukemia, lymphoma, and related cancers. The Foundation funds innovative clinical or basic science research that will lead to novel therapeutic approaches that could replace, or be used in combination with existing effective therapies. Such therapeutic approaches could include alternative or complementary medicine.
Lucia Hwong Gordon, Denise Rich, Michele Rella, and Bonnie Pfeifer Evans
Tiffany Denee Jones and Coppy Holzman
Alicia Quarles
Cynthia Ott and James Coleman
William Kehler
Michele Rella and Denise Rich
Randi Schatz, Michael Trokel, and Pamela Morgan
The Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach joined forces with Leslie Hindman Auctioneers for a lively Thanksgiving weekend cocktail party to celebrate the publication of "40 Years of Fabulous: The Kips Bay Decorator Show House" by Steven Stolman.

On hand, a who's who from the world of fine art and decor, including Robert Allen Textiles founders Allen and Carol Wyett, interior designers Pauline Pitt, Jennifer Garrigues, Kevin Byrne and Harry Bader and fine art experts Michel Witmer and Will Ameringer.
Leslie Hindman and Steven Stolman
Victor Moore and John Tatooles
The Preservation Foundation's mission is to celebrate, protect and preserve the existing architecture of Palm Beach while offering education and advocacy in support of sensitive, responsible and appropriate new construction and development.

Each spring, the Kips Bay Decorator Show House opens to great fanfare in New York City, and for over four decades has showcased the work of the interior design world's finest talents. All proceeds benefit the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, celebrating a century of improving the lives of at-risk youth while providing outstanding programs in music, art, dance, drama, academics, technology and athletics.
Pauline Pitt
Thor Brown and Joni Sherman
Ken Wyse, Kevin Seiden, Scott Velozo, and Kevin Clark
Dudley and Peggy Moore
Allen and Carol Wyett
Joni Sherman and Steven Stolman
Dino Rivera, Michel Witmer, and Linda Olsson
Jennifer Garrigues
Alexander Ives with Erin and Beau Standish
Van and Ann Bloys with Scott Moses
Polly Onet and Mark Gilbertson
Tom Quick
Earl Crittenden, Will Ameringer, and Kevin Byrne
Joe, Gloria and Steven Stolman with Rich, Nancy, and Chuck Wilkie
Harry Bader, Tracy Stern, Harrison Morgan, Nicole Dicocco, Paul Phillips, and Guy Clark
Photographs by Brian Ach/GettyImages (Angel Ball); Lucien Capehart Photography (PBPF)