Red Door Community, New York City’s preeminent nonprofit cancer support organization, raised more than $1,000,000 at their 26th Annual Benefit Gala, “Celebrating the Next 25.” The event took place at New York’s Cipriani 42nd Street and included celebrity appearances, musical performances, and a live and silent auction, while honoring leading individuals who are dedicated to improving the quality of life for cancer patients and their families.
Shannen Doherty, Director, Actress, Director, Producer, Breast Cancer Activist and star of Lifetime’s List of a Lifetime presented Paul Buccieri, President & Chairman, A+E Networks Group, with the Red Door Award for Cancer Awareness & Advocacy. Stephen McLean, Senior Partner & Chairman, Healthcare Group, Arsenal Capital Partners, and Dr. Angelos Stergiou, President & CEO, SELLAS Life Sciences Group, received awards as well.
The gala was hosted virtually by WABC-TV anchor Bill Ritter, and included musical performances by New York-based a cappella group The Workshop and singers Megan Kane and Tyler Hardwick (Once on this Island, Motown the Musical, Dreamgirls). Maria Eberline (Wicked, Fame), Michelle Federer (Wicked) and Julia Haubner Smith (Les Miserables) as well as other Broadway stars, who read member stories about how Red Door Community has provided meaningful support for families impacted by cancer.
The live and silent auction was a highlight of the event, with prizes including four house seats to Hamilton, a virtual backstage tour by Mandy Gonzales, (currently starring as Angelica Schuyler in the Tony-winning Broadway play) and a signed playbill by Lin-Manuel Miranda, as well as four passes for a private, VIP in-person tour of the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel set by art director of the hit show, Neil Prince.
This event is the Red Door Community’s most important annual fundraiser, providing critical funding for their free cancer support program, which has increased dramatically during the pandemic. Participation in the Red Door Community program grew by an unprecedented 55% in one year. At a time when access to medical care was difficult for cancer patients, Red Door Community was available to safely provide much needed support and education to this most vulnerable population, and will continue to do so for the next 25 years.
At Red Door Community, members can participate in both virtual and in-person support groups, educational lectures, healthy lifestyle workshops and social activities, providing them with a sense of community whether they are at home or walking through the signature Red Door.
Red Door Community, formerly known as Gilda’s Club New York City, provides a welcoming community of FREE social and emotional support for anyone impacted by cancer – adults, teens, children and their families who are living with a cancer diagnosis, post treatment, caregivers, or grieving the loss of a loved one due to cancer. Our innovative program is an essential complement to cancer care, providing support groups, educational lectures, healthy lifestyle workshops and social activities. Over 11,000 individuals are reached annually by this unique program, which carries on the memory of Gilda Radner, the talented comedienne and first cast member of Saturday Night Live (SNL) who passed away in 1989 from ovarian cancer. The iconic Red Door opened in 1995 to provide a place where cancer patients, their families and their friends can learn to live with cancer, whatever the outcome.
For more information, please visit www.reddoorcommunity.org
The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) 25th Annual New York Dinner recently took place at the Plaza Hotel. The end-of-the-year benefit supported PCF’s programs and celebrate the millions raised and achievements made in the past quarter-century through PCF. The charitable organization founded by Mike Milken is dedicated to identifying and funding groundbreaking cancer research programs. The memorable evening welcomed leaders in medicine, top research scientists, business leaders and distinguished New York City socialites. The event raised over $6 Million.
The gala began with a lively cocktail reception. During a lavish dinner party, Mike Milken along with celebrity host Whoopi Goldberg gave a special presentation on PCF’s recent accomplishments. There was also a live auction for various unique experiences as well as investment in Young Investigators who are changing the face of medicine with proceeds going towards PCF. The night gave way to a special musical performance from Andrea Bocelli, David Foster, and Katharine McPhee. Andrea’s daughter Virginia Bocelli performed alongside her father for a special rendition of Hallelujah. Musician Kenny G made a surprise performance via big screen next to the main stage.
Some notable attendees included: Mike Milken, Lori Milken, Whoopi Goldberg, Joe & Ali Torre, Richard & Lisa Cashin, Bennett Goodman, Rob & Cindy Citrone, Stephen & Elizabeth Eisenman, John Paulson, Arte & Carole Moreno, Bonnie Pfeifer-Evans, Leon Black, Larry Leeds, Ginger Feuer, Charles J. Ryan, David & Lisa Simon, Sophie Koven, Jamie Koven, and Todd & Katie Boehly.
The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) is the world’s leading philanthropic organization dedicated to funding life-saving prostate cancer research. Founded in 1993 by Mike Milken, PCF has raised close to $1 billion in support of cutting-edge research by more than 2,200 research projects at 245 leading cancer centers in 28 countries around the world. Thanks in part to PCF’s commitment to ending death and suffering from prostate cancer, the death rate is down by over 50% and countless more men are alive today as a result. PCF research now impacts more than 73 forms of human cancer by focusing on immunotherapy, the microbiome, and food as medicine. Learn more a www.pcf.org.
Photographs by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com (Red Door); Patrick McMullan (PCF)