Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Pulse of the City

Katie Couric was presented with the Alessandro di Montezemolo Lifetime Achievement Award at the American-Italian Cancer Foundation's Benefit Dinner & Auctions at the Mandarin Oriental.
Early last month, the American-Italian Cancer Foundation (AICF) celebrated 36 years of fighting cancer at its Benefit Dinner & Auctions at the Mandarin Oriental. Since 1980, AICF has awarded 429 post-doctoral fellowships and has provided more than 90,000 women with no-cost mammograms, clinical breast exams and education. The evening’s benefit raised close to $1.5 million.
Veronica Bulgari
Joseph Perella and Katie Couric
Daniele Bodini and Armando E. Giuliano
Katie Couric, Co-founder of Stand Up to Cancer and Yahoo News Global Anchor, was presented with the Alessandro di Montezemolo Lifetime Achievement Award to recognize her extraordinary accomplishments and commitment to advancing the fight against cancer. The award was specially designed by LASVIT.

Guests supporting AICF included: Daniele Bodini, Francesca Bodini, Veronica Bulgari, Claudio del Vecchio, Alessandra Ferri, Mario Gabelli, Wes Gordon, Trisha Gregory, Jean and Toni Goutal, Joseph Perella, Priscilla Rattazzi, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Beatrice Stern, Tisha and Jamie Niven who conducted the evening’s live auction.
Other honorees included the recipients of the Prize for Scientific Excellence in Medicine. This award is presented to two world-class scientific researchers who have made groundbreaking discoveries in the fields of cancer biology, prevention, diagnosis, or treatment: Mary-Claire King, PhD, American Cancer Society Professor of Medicine and Genome Sciences at the University of Washington; and Armando E. Giuliano, MD, Professor and Executive Vice Chair of Surgery, Associate Director of Surgical Oncology, and Clinical Professor of Surgery at UCLA and USC.

Angela Missoni, Creative Director of Missoni, and Giovanni Castellaneta, President DoBank S.p.A. and Italfondario S.p.A, served as Benefit Chairs.
Giustina Magistretti and Priscilla Rattazzi
Maria Giulia Prezioso Maramotti
Alan Mnuchin and Mario Gabelli
Francesca Lana and Robert Agostinelli
Francesca Bodini
Pince Dimitri of Yugoslavia
Natalia Bulgari and Marla Sassoon
Trisha Gordon and Meghan Horstmann
Wes Gordon and Paul Arnhold
Jean Goutal, Toni Goutal, and Chloe Goutal
Debra Del Vecchio and Claudio Del Vecchio
Deborah Fribourg and Katie Couric
Beatrice Stern and Priscilla Rattazzi
Alessandra Ferri and Marco Pelle
Priscilla Rattazzi and Jamie Niven
Dr. Steven Corwin, President and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, and wife Ellen Corwin
The holiday season was in full swing as nearly 500 leaders from the worlds of medicine, philanthropy and business gathered to honor distinguished cardiologist Dr. Allan Schwartz at the Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) Annual Pulse of the City Gala. The festive evening was held on Friday, December 9, at The Plaza.

Dr. Schwartz, Chief of Cardiology at NewYork-Presbyterian/ Columbia University Medical Center, was recognized for his vital role in advancing the understanding and treatment of cardiovascular disease through his dedication to patient care, research and education. He was also heralded for his pioneering work in identifying and preventing risks in professional athletes.

Among those attending the festive evening to celebrate Dr. Schwartz were the noted actress Tovah Feldshuh and the former NBA Commissioner David Stern. 

Co-Chairs for the Evening were: Dr. Martin B. Leon and Dr. Gregg W. Stone.

Dr. Schwartz is the Harold Ames Hatch Professor of Medicine and Seymour Milstein Professor of Cardiology (in Medicine), Chief of Division of Cardiology, Physician-in-Chief at the Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family Heart Center, and Vice Chair of the Department of Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center.
Former NBA Commissioner David Stern
The nearly 500 attendees on their feet giving Dr. Allan Schwartz a standing ovation
The Cardiovascular Research Foundation is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to helping doctors improve survival and quality of life for people suffering from heart and vascular disease. For over 25 years, CRF has helped pioneer innovations in interventional cardiovascular medicine and has educated doctors on the latest treatments in heart disease.

For more information, visit:
Dr. Gregg Stone, Dr. Allan Schwartz, David Stern, and Dr. Martin Leon
Dr. Allan Schwartz with wife, Barbara Schwartz, and children, Ben Schwartz, and Meredith Schwartz
Dr. Allan Schwartz and David Stern
Dr. Gregg Stone with Amy and Samantha Stone
Dr. Craig Smith, Chief of Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian, and Trish Smith
Dr. Alan Schwartz and Dr. Lee Goldman, Chief Executive and Dean of Columbia University Medical Center
Nicole Hartwig, Ken Atwood, Charlie Aaron, and Jose Perez
Tovah Feldshuh and Andrew Levy
Dr. Herb Pardes, Executive Vice Chair of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, and Dr. Nancy Wexler
On Friday, December 9th, Theodora Aspegren and Robert Bailey held a Host Committee kick-off party for the upcoming January 17th event — 'DreyfoosLIVE!' Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres poolside while being entertained by a jazz quartet from the Dreyfoos School.

The January evening will feature live student and alumni performances and will be held at the Flagler Museum in the Kenan Pavilion.
View of the poolside setting
The benefit will raise funds and celebrate the continuing success story of the Dreyfoos School of the Arts - a public arts high school located in West Palm Beach. The school boasts a 100% graduation rate, with students admitted to such colleges and universities as: Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Duke, Julliard, RISD, and Berklee. For the past decade Dreyfoos has been ranked as one of the top 100 public high schools in the nation.
Host and Dreyfoos Guild President Theodora Aspegren and Tyrone Po
Geoff and Lisa Aldridge
Sumner Vivat and Audrey Halperin
Linda and Ed Duhy
Gil Cohen and Janet Gordon
Pamela Walker and Dan Storey
Charles Poole, Anka Palitz, and Bruce Langmaid
Hosts Theodora Aspegren and Robert Bailey
Joe and Rita Sheller
Peter and Jane Elebash with George Palladino
Patrick and Kaydene Cousins
Ellen Liman and Walter Liebman
Nick Korniloff and Pamela Cohen
Simon Benson Offit and Dorothy Lappin
Hiram C. Cinton and Lolita SanMiguel
Jodi and Holden Luntz
Dreyfoos Jazz musicians
Photographs by Tiffany Sage/BFA (AICF); Annie Watt (Stolman); Capehart Photography (DreyfoosLIVE!)