|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.
|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.
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.
|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: www.crf.org
|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.
|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.|
|Photographs by Tiffany Sage/BFA (AICF); Annie Watt (Stolman); Capehart Photography (DreyfoosLIVE!)|