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The Lerner Children’s Pavilion at Hospital for Special Surgery's HSS All-Star Family Benefit.

The Lerner Children’s Pavilion at Hospital for Special Surgery hosted the HSS All-Star Family Benefit on Saturday, November 16, 2019, raising nearly $1.1 million to support pediatric care and research. Guests and their children enjoyed an afternoon of entertainment activities and sports at Chelsea Piers. Hosted by the HSS Pediatric Council, the event was co-chaired by Emily Dodwell, MD, Kate Doerge, Monica Keany, Lara Lerner, and Tom and Amanda Lister.


Roger Widmann, MD, chief of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery at HSS, and wife Miriam; with Lois and Bryan Kelly, MD, HSS surgeon-in-chief.
From left to right: Lara Lerner; Roger Widmann, MD; Monica Keany; Emily Dodwell, MD; Kate Doerge; Thomas H. Lister; Bryan T. Kelly, MD; Louis A. Shapiro.
Some of the event co-chairs with Mr. Met. From left to right: Lara Lerner; Monica Keany; Mr. Met; Emily Dodwell, MD; Kate Doerge. Dr. Dodwell is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at HSS.
Peter Fabricant, MD, HSS pediatric orthopedic surgeon, with wife Son McLaren and their daughter, with Knicks City Dancers.
HSS surgeon-in-chief Bryan Kelly, MD, and New York Giant legend Kevin Boothe spend some time with young guests.
New York Red Bulls’ Sean Davis and Luis Robles kick around the soccer ball with some new friends.
New York Liberty legend Kym Hampton shoots hoops with some young basketball fans.
HSS Board of Trustees co-chairs Robert K. Steel and Thomas H. Lister with Louis A. Shapiro, HSS president and CEO.
Kenneth Handal and wife Mary Francina Golden.
HSS pediatric orthopedic surgeons Shevaun Doyle, MD, and David Scher, MD, with Kate Doerge (middle).
Thomas Sculco, MD, HSS surgeon-in-chief emeritus (far right) with his family including son Peter Sculco, MD, hip and knee surgeon at HSS (third from left).

Weill Cornell Medicine hosted the 37th annual Women’s Health Symposium and brunch reception on Monday, October 28 at Citi Global Headquarters. The event, which benefited the Iris Cantor Women’s Health Center, was chaired by Joan Weill and Dr. Orli Etingin, director of the center. The symposium, titled “Live Well: Integrative Care and Tech-Based Health,” featured presentations by Deborah Estrin, PhD, and Dr. Alka Gupta.


Women’s Health Symposium Program.

Dr. Estrin, professor of healthcare policy and research at Weill Cornell Medicine and associate dean for impact at Cornell Tech, discussed the ability of tools such as cell phones, GPS devices, fitness trackers and our interactions online to produce individualized health data and insights into personal behavior patterns that can be used to provide individualized medical care.


Joan Weill at the podium.
Dr. Estrin giving her talk.
Dr. Gupta addressing the audience.
Panel discussion.

Dr. Gupta, co-director of The Integrative Health and Wellbeing Program at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian, shared insights into care that integrates conventional medical treatments with evidence-based integrative modalities, including nutrition counseling, psychological care and mind-body therapy.

Dr. Etingin joined Drs. Estrin and Gupta for a Q-and-A with the audience following the presentation.


Women’s Health Symposium Executive Steering Committee.
Speaker Dr. Alka Gupta, Dr. Orli Etingin, Joan Weill, and speaker Dr. Deborah Estrin.
Joan Weill and Ellen Wright.
Florence Peyrelongue and Ashley von Perfall.
Stacey Morse and Bimla Picot.
Susan Porter and Juliet Alexander.

Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia hosted Lifeline’s Annual Benefit Luncheon 2019 at the Metropolitan Club in New York City in aid of children’s hospitals in Serbia. Lifeline Humanitarian Organization is an international effort founded in 1993 as an urgent response to the tragic situation in the former Yugoslavia, which was afflicted by conflict and sanctions. The goal of Lifeline is to reduce and relieve the suffering of physically and mentally disabled children, orphans, the elderly as well as to improve medical facilities in the country.

Guests at the luncheon were welcomed by New York Vice President and Co-Chairman Cheri Kaufman. The attendees enjoy the music and the performance of multifaceted, lyric soprano Barbara Grizer and an award recipient of American-Israel Cultural Foundation Dror Baitel. Thanks to a donation of Vineyard Brands, guests also had a chance to try red wines Côte du Rhône Blanc and Rouge from Famille Perrin.


Crown Prince Alexander of Serbia and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia.

HRH Crown Prince Alexander addressed the guests at the luncheon and then HRH Crown Princess Katherine thanked her husband, and everyone involved with the Lifeline Foundation, “My humanitarian efforts for Serbia started 26 years ago by providing medical equipment for the University Children Hospital in Belgrade. Children, their health and their well-being are in the very core of all my humanitarian activities, as well as the activities of my foundation in Belgrade and all Lifeline humanitarian organizations whose patron I am. There is a very difficult situation with children’s hospitals in Serbia and they need to be equipped properly, much better than now, in order for our doctors and nurses to provide appropriate care for our sick children.”

HRH Crown Princess Katherine then invited Dr. Harvey Karp, famous pediatrician and the author of parenting book The Happiest Baby on the Block, to join her on the stage and continue the talk about the importance of helping children in Serbia. Humanitarian auction items were donated such as handmade clothing and footwear, paintings and portraits.


Dr. Harvey Karp.

Notable attendees included: Patron HRH Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia and Crown Prince Alexander, HE Ms. Olgica Vlacic, Consul at the Consulate of the General Republic of Serbia in New York and Mrs. Nevena Toaso, Team Leader of Communications, Innovation and Partnerships at the United Nations. Their Royal Highnesses were graced by the presence of His Grace the Right Reverend Irinej Bishop of Eastern America the Serbian Orthodox Church. Rushka Bergman, an artist, film director and contributing fashion editor for Vogue Italia, Katarina Radivojevic, famous Serbian actress, Tijana Ibrahimovic, TV personality, Kiki Kennedy, Katherine LeFrak and Harrison LeFrak, as well as the Lifeline New York Board members: Mr. David Hryck, Chairman, Mrs. Susan Gutfreund, Vice President, Mrs. Cheri Kaufman, Vice President, Mr. Slobodan Bekvalac, Mrs. Dragana Djuknic, Mr. Anthony Hayes, Mrs. Ann Conry, Mrs. Bojana Jankovic Weatherly, Mr. Peter Pizzino and representatives of Mr. Kyle Wool, Maria Fishel, and Sharon Bush.

Lifeline’s Board of Directors includes David Hryck (President), Cheri Kaufman (Vice President), Slobodan Bekvalac, Dragana Djuknic, Susan Gutfreund, Kyle Wool, Bojana Jankovic Weatherly, Anthony Hayes, and Ann Conry.


Cheri Kaufman, Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia, and Bill Sclight.
L. to r.: Maria Fishel and Sharon Bush; Anthony Hayes and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia.
Bojana Jankovic Weatherly, Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia, and Caryn Antonini.
L. to r.: Laila Farzana and Slobodan Bekvalac; David Hryck and Peter Pizzino.
Ann Conry and David Hryck.
L. to r.: Rushka Bergman and Tijana Ibrahimovic; Nevena Toaso, Frederico Wasserman, and Kiki Kennedy.
Dragana Djuknic, Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia, and Cheri Kaufman.

Attorney Thomas J. Henry’s launched the new art and music experience “Austin Elevates,” in Austin, Texas. The two-day event was free to the public and benefited local nonprofit organizations SAFE Alliance, Superhero Kids and St. David’s Foundation Community Fund.

To kick-off the two-day event, contemporary street artist Alec Monopoly, publicly unveiled a new mural dedicated to the Lone Star State on Friday, November 8, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Parlor and Yard. Monopoly’s work has received international recognition by leading luxury brands, art galleries and celebrities. The mural unveiling was followed by an exclusive invitation-only afterparty at Summit Rooftop Lounge  with a special performance by ‘G-Eazy.’


Thomas J. Henry, Alec Monopoly unveil mural.

Notable guests included: Thomas J. Henry, Alec Monopoly, G-Eazy, Brooke Burke Charvet, Jennie Garth, Brandon Marshall, Maddy Belle, Courtney Tailor, Alvin Jones, Erika Gray, Elaine Thi, Meghan Gilbert, Jarrod Richardson , Kinsey Sue, Khloe Terea, Ciara Price, Bri Teresi, Katie Teresi, Monica Lee Sims, Alexa Dellanos, DJ Quick, Jenna Jenovich, Vitaly Zdorovetskiy, Monica Lee Sims, and Dylan Marer.

“I am completely taken aback and honored by the positive reaction we’ve received from the community for ‘Austin Elevates,’” said Attorney Thomas J. Henry. “It was my mission to not only bring a unique event tailored to this amazing city but to raise awareness and funds for the local nonprofits making a difference in the lives of so many every day.”


Alec Monopoly, G-Eazy, and Thomas J. Henry.
L. to r.: Jennie Garth; Jenna Jenovich.
L. to r.: Evelin Crossland and Alexa Dellanos; Monica Lee Sims and Ciara Price.
Alvin Jones, Thomas J. Henry, and Brandon Marshall.
L. to r.: DJ Quiz and G-Eazy; Vitaly Zdorovetskiy and Alec Monopoly.
L. to r.: Katie Teresi and Bri Teresi; Brooke Burke Charvet.

Photographs by Don Pollard (HSS); Studio Brooke (Women’s Health Symposium); ©Getty Images, ©BFA (Austin Elevates); ©Patrick McMullan (Lifeline)

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