|On Tuesday, May 12th, The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering hosted the 8th Annual Spring Ball, The Society’s most important event of the year, at The Pierre Hotel. 400 guests attended this glamorous evening and enjoyed cocktails, dinner, dancing and a special performance by Solange Knowles. The 8th Annual Spring Ball was Co-Chaired by Judy Gordon Cox, Kamie Lightburn and Elizabeth Gosnell Miller, and was generously sponsored by luxury fashion brand Michael Kors.
Martha Glass, President of The Society, welcomed The Society’s members and leaders in business, fashion and philanthropy, followed by MSK’s Physician-in-Chief and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. José Baselga. Dr. Baselga introduced The Society Research Grants Program, which finances early stage research by Memorial Sloan Kettering’s post-doctoral, pre-tenure researchers at the start of their careers at MSK. Jamie Niven, Sotheby’s Auctioneer and MSK Board Member, then took the stage to raise funds for the initiative. Overall, the party raised $1.3 million to benefit The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering.
|Guests included: Solange Knowles, Nina Garcia, Tory Burch, Aerin Lauder, Shoshanna Gruss, Dayssi Kanavos, Lauren DuPont, Perri Peltz, Eleanora and Michael Kennedy, Jamie Tisch, Martha Glass, Judy Gordon Cox, Kamie Lightburn, Elizabeth Gosnell Miller, Cindy Citrone, Gigi Mortimer, Jamee and Peter Gregory, Lavinia Branca Snyder, Muffie Potter Aston, Jamie Niven, Grace and Chris Meigher, Angel Sanchez, Honor Brodie, Elizabeth Callender, Danielle Ganek, Marjorie Gubelmann, Kitty Sherrill, Kelly and Gerry Pasciucco, Tracey and Craig Huff, Carol and Earle Mack, Barbara Cirkva, Gillian Hearst Simonds, Lisa and David Klein, Dr. Craig Thompson, Flavia Kelson, Marisa Leichtling, Marigay McKee, Daniel Romualdez, and many more.|
|The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC), a non-profit organization working to empower and equip global partners to protect children from sexual abuse, exploitation and abduction, hosted the inaugural Gala for Child Protection at Gotham Hall on Thursday, May 7th.
The debut gala honored Jeff and Justine Koons, internationally-celebrated American artists and avid philanthropists, and Microsoft which is leading its industry with innovative child-protection efforts.
|Ashton Kutcher presented a special tribute to ICMEC's founding CEO Ernie Allen. Kutcher, who co-founded Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children in 2009, is dedicated to using technology to affect positive change in the world of child protection.
CBS News anchor Norah O'Donnell served as host for the evening. Former Chairman of Roche Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Franz Humer, chaired the night's festivities.
Jeff and Justine Koons received ICMEC's Champion for Children Award. In the wake of the abduction of his first son, Jeff and his wife, Justine, worked with ICMEC and inspired the creation of The Koons Family Institute on International Law & Policy at ICMEC. By combating child abduction and child sexual exploitation on multiple fronts – creating replicable legal tools, building international coalitions, and bringing together opinion leaders – The Koons Family Institute is building a global movement to protect the world's children.
|Microsoft received the first Global Impact for Child Protection Award. Its partnership with ICMEC has resulted in the training of more than 6,000 law-enforcement officers around the world and the deployment of cutting-edge technology tools to enable law enforcement to more efficiently and effectively combat and investigate online child sexual exploitation.
Lydia Fenet, a benefit auctioneer for Christie's, hosed a live auction.
The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children is a private 501(c)(3) non-governmental, nonprofit organization. Since its inception in 1998, ICMEC has built a Global Missing Children's Network of 23 nations; trained law enforcement, prosecutors and specialists from over 122 countries; and worked with parliaments in over 100 countries to refine or implement laws on child pornography and child protection. For more information about ICMEC visit www.icmec.org.
|425 guests raised over $900,000 at the 39th Inner-City Scholarship Fund FRIENDS Annual Gala on Tuesday, May 12 at Cipriani 42nd Street. Inner-City is the city's leading non-profit organization dedicated to providing tuition assistance for low-income students attending inner-city Catholic schools within the Archdiocese of New York.
His Eminence, Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York; and Gala Chairs Katherine and John Doyle of Rye, NY attended the event where Fox 5 news anchor Dari Alexander, served as the Master of Ceremonies.
|"Providing the children of New York a quality education is not only important for the students themselves, but for the future of the city," said Susan George, Executive Director of Inner-City. "Today's students are our future leaders and it is wonderful to bring together so many champions of education to ensure that the gift of an excellent Catholic school education continues to be an option for students of all faiths both today, and in the future."
Scholarship recipient Joralyssa Conley, a senior at Notre Dame School of Manhattan, who will attend Barnard College in the fall, gave a moving speech about the importance of education and how her scholarship changed her life.
|In addition to dinner and dancing, guests enjoyed a performance by the choirs from St. Raymond Academy for Girls and St. Raymond High School for Boys.
Inner-City Scholarship Fund was founded in 1971 by the late Terence Cardinal Cooke and a group of prominent executives of many religious beliefs. Inner-City provides tuition assistance to over 7,000 students (92% minority and 33% non-Catholic) in 79 inner-city Catholic schools in Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island. An astonishing 98% percent of seniors attending inner-city Catholic high schools graduate, and 96% pursue college at some of the finest universities in the nation.
|On Thursday, May 7th, the Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance held its second annual dinner at the Park Avenue Armory, awarding its 2015 Prize in
Cancer Research to exceptional innovative scientists in New York City. The evening started with a prestigious panel on Cancer Precision Medicine with Harold Varmus,Nobel Prize winner who has just joined the faculty of Weill Cornell Medical College as the Lewis Thomas University Professor of Medicine and was until recently the Director of the NCI for 5 years; Jose Baselga, Physician in Chief Medical Officer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Marc Rubin, who is the Founding director of the Institute of Precision Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College; Mike Pellini who is CEO of Foundation medicine; and Andy Marshall, Editor of Nature Biotechnology.
The list of illuminous guests included Dr. Laurie H. Glimcher, Dean of the Weill Cornell Medical College; Craig B. Thompson, President and CEO of Memorial Sloan Kettering; Harold Varmus, who's working with the New York Genome Center and on the Weill Cornell faculty, Marc Tessier-Lavigne, President of Rockefeller University, Bruce Stillman, President of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Mike Dolsten, President of Worldwide Research and Development at Pfizer, Joan Massague, Director of the Sloan Kettering Institute, David Tuveson, Michel Sadelain, Iannis Aifantis, Bill and Karen Ackman, Olivia Flatto, Jamie Nicholls, and Kinga Lampert.
|The Pershing Square Sohn Prize, now in its second year, is awarded to scientists based in New York City, a hub for a number of leading academic institutions, research facilities and hospitals. This highly competitive initiative was formed through a $25 million commitment by The Pershing Square Foundation, which partnered with The Sohn Conference Foundation, to help bridge the gap between academia and the business community and to support young scientists at a formative stage in their careers. In order to facilitate these collaborations, each Prize winner is given a mentor in the pharmaceutical industry and the opportunity to present his or her work to scientific and business audiences.|
|The Prize winners were as follows:
Timothy Chan, M.D., Ph.D., Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: Dr. Chan's research focuses on defining the molecular determinants that cause sensitivity and resistance to immune checkpoint blockage therapy in melanoma and lung cancer patients.
Arvin Dar, Ph.D., Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai: Dr. Dar's research focuses on developing a pharmacological strategy to selectively reduce mutant Ras signaling, thereby improving outcomes for as many as 1 in 4 of melanoma, lung cancer, and prostate cancer patients.
Evripidis Gavathiotis, Ph.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University: Dr. Gavathiotis' research focuses on developing insight on apoptosis regulation of cancer cells and discovering innovative pharmacological approaches that may lead to effective therapies for pancreatic cancer patients.
Moritz Kircher, MD., Ph.D., Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: Dr. Kircher's research focuses on refining the unique imagining capabilities that detect pancreatic cancer and integrating novel therapeutic weapons into SERRS-nanostars.
Christine Mayr, MD., Ph.D., Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: Dr. Mayr's research proposes inhibiting only specific functions in a protein instead of the entire protein in order to open up new avenues for cancer treatment and reverse cancer progression in leukemia and lymphoma patients.
Sohail Tavazoie, MD, Ph.D., The Rockefeller University: Dr. Tavazoie's research focuses on finding a way to identify and then block the tRNA fragments that cause metastatic cancer in melanoma and breast cancer patients.
Finalists Christopher Mason, PhD from Weill Cornell Medical College and Christopher Vakoc, MD, PhD from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory were awarded for their work on epigenetic research and potential leukemia therapies, respectively.
|Bideawee, the 112-year-old New York Animal Welfare Charity kicked off its annual Bideawee Ball, slated for Monday, June 15th at The Pierre, with a cocktail party at the home of Norman and Robin Nelson. Nancy Taylor, President of Bideawee, spoke about the history of Bideawee, a haven for animals in need and a resource for people who love pets. As
a nonprofit, charitable organization Bideawee depends solely on the
generosity of donors to operate all of its life changing programs and
services. The Annual Bideawee Ball is their largest fundraising event
of the year, raising much-needed funds to fulfill its mission to
cultivate and support the lifelong relationship between pets and the
people who love them.
There was a full turn out to pay tribute to the Ball's honorees, Todd B. Richter and Elisabeth St. B. McCarthy at the reception organized by Kate Edmonds Events. Guests included: Anna Gilhuley, Bill McKeever, Camila Blaffer Royall, Carol Sherrin, Carol Weissenberg, Devin and Mike Shanahan, Donna Schwartz, Doran Mullen, Dorothy Slover, Doug Eichman, Doug Kenward, Dr Keith Manning, Elizabeth and Robert TenHave, Elizabeth McCarthy, Enid Manning, Gail Rundquist and Kendel Chen, Garth Griffits, Grace Forster, Guy Lawrence, Jaime Isroni, Joan and Jeff Levinson, Kate Edmonds, Joe Lyons, Joe Sorbera, John Olston, John Wegorzewski, Julie Griffits, Kevin Davis, Laurie Bodor, Leslie Granger, Leslie Granger, Lisa Nilsson Levin, Mary Luria, Matthew Yee, Nancy Taylor, Pam Laudenslager, Bob and Eileen Judell, Randall Gianopulos and Stan Ponte, Rochelle Ohstrom, Sally Wood, Shian Simms, Tim McCarthy, and Todd B Richter.
|Photographs by Patrick McMullan (MSKCC & Missing & Exploited Children); Matthew Adams Photography (Inner City); Annie Watt (Bide-a-wee).|