The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s 2024 Winter Lunch

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Winter Luncheon Chairs Brent Neale Winston, Austen Cruz, Virginia W. Tomenson, Amory McAndrew, Alison Loehnis, Muffie Potter Aston, Kimberly Nemser, Laura Raider, Libby Fitzgerald, Lisa McCarthy, and Kamie Lightburn.

This past Wednesday at The Rainbow Room, The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center held its annual Winter Lunch, launching its new pediatric fundraising effort, the MSK Kids Wellness Initiative, dedicated to mental health. The sold-out luncheon raised over $600,000 including $101,800 for the event’s initiative.

The interdisciplinary psychosocial support team at MSK Kids is committed to developing methods that best meet individual and family-centered care. In response to the amplified challenges of cancer care during the COVID-19 pandemic, the initiative will create programs to address emotional distress, enhance resilience, and support the mental wellness of patients and families navigating treatment and into survivorship.

NET-A-PORTER was the sponsor of the event for the ninth year.



“We’ve always felt that fashion, in addition to being fun and empowering, can be a force for good and a force for change. It’s been a very big priority for us at NET-A-PORTER, since day one, that we use our platform, and we use our reach to give back to the communities that we serve,” said Alison Loehnis, President of NET-A- PORTER, MR PORTER, and THE OUTNET.

Alison Loehnis, Dr. Marie Barnett, and Muffie Potter Aston

Muffie Potter Aston, President, The Society of MSK, shared with the nearly 350 guests: “I have had the honor of being a member of The Society of MSK since 1989. Throughout the years, I have witnessed how tirelessly The Society has worked to successfully launch initiatives in support of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, funding groundbreaking research, enhancing patient care and providing educational resources to doctors and patients alike. We champion this wonderful event and are forever grateful to the attendees who join us in supporting this amazing cause.”

Guests included Serena Boardman, Claire Capello, Courtney Davis, Mercedes de Guardiola, Marcella Hymowitz, Eleanora Kennedy, Anna Kennedy, Breanna Khoury, Anne Khuong, Meghan Klopp, Sevda Kleinman, Kimberly Kravis, Elizabeth Kurpis, Heather McAuliffe, Rebekah McCabe, Anjali Melwani, Shilpa Prabhakar Nadella, Elyse Newhouse, Jane Blair Oberle, Erin O’Connor, Claudia Taylor Overstrom, Betsy Pepe, Whitney Schwartz, Darcy Rigas, Alexandra Lind Rose, Rosanna Scotto, Priya Shukla, Annie Taube, Ferebee Taube, Lesley Vecsler, and Donata Minelli Yirmiyahu.


Muffie Potter Aston
PRESIDENT, THE SOCIETY OF MSK

Austen Cruz
CHAIR, ASSOCIATES COMMITTEE

Mary Dillow, Libby Fitzgerald, Gillian Hearst, Kamie Lightburn, Amory McAndrew, Lisa McCarthy, Kimberly Nemser, Laura Raider, Virginia W. Tomenson and Brent Neale Winston
WINTER LUNCH CHAIRS

Alison Loehnis
HONORARY CHAIR

Marie E. Barnett, PhD
ASSISTANT ATTENDING PSYCHOLOGIST MEMORIAL SLOAN KETTERING CANCER CENTER MSK FUNDING RECIPIENT


The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center – founded in 1946 to raise funds for patient care – is a volunteer organization dedicated to promoting the well-being of patients, supporting cancer research, and providing public education on the prevention, early detection, and treatment of cancer.

Society volunteers work in close collaboration with the physicians and staff of MSK to support the Center’s mission of delivering the best cancer care to its patients while at the same time, providing comfort and caring to our patients and their families who come to the Center for treatment from all over the world.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) is a world leader in patient care, research, and education. With expertise in over 400 cancer types and almost 2,000 clinical trials underway at a given time, MSK makes a massive difference in the lives of millions of people facing cancer around the world.

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Libby Fitzgerald and Lisa McCarthy.
Austen Cruz, Dr. Marie Barnett, Jane Keltner de Valle, and Alison Loehnis.
L. to r.: Rosanna Scotto and Dr. Marie Barnett; Austen Cruz, Betsy Pepe, and Amory McAndrew.
Laura Raider, Kim Nemser, Amory McAndrew, and Virginia W. Tomenson.
Bracie Aston, Meghan Klopp, Muffie Potter Aston, Lizzi Bickford, and Elizabeth Kurpis.
L. to r.: Eleanora and Anna Kennedy; Kathy Arrix and Jody Truwit.
Dr. Lara Devgan, Alison Loehnis, Christie Rilling, and Lauren Levison.


Jocelyn Gailliot and Sarah Gayela with friends.
Dr. Marie Barnett, Karen Thornwell May, and Muffie Potter Aston.
L. to r.: Maria von Bothmer and Muffie Potter Aston; Melanie McLennan, Heather McAuliffe, and Melissa Crandall.
Jane Keltner de Valle, Elizabeth Kurpis, Meghan Klopp, and Jocelyn Gailliot.
Marie-Noelle Pierce, Maria von Bothmer, and Melanie McLennan.
L. to r.: Joelle El Sawalhi and Mercedes de Guardiola; Nicole Pappas Ferrin and Louise Armstrong.
Anjali Melwani and Claudia Overstrom.
Martha Webster and Hope Geier Smith.

Courtney Davis.

Marissa Van Bokhorst, Mimi Ritzen Crawford, Jackie Kaber, Tatiana Perkin, and Whitney Schwartz.
Lisa McCarthy and Alana McCarthy Killian.
Rebekah McCabe and Courtney Corleto.
Sevda Kleinman, Annie Taube, and Ferebee Taube.
Melissa Mithoff, Kamie Lightburn, and Becca Cason-Thrash.
Angela Dotson, Darcy Rigas, and Angela Clofine.
Andrea Virgin and Alexandra Lind Rose.
Libby Fitzgerald, Nancy Cain Marcus, and Maria von Bothmer.
Robyn Joseph and Eleanora Kennedy.
Laura Trafelet and Ann Coley.
Christine Anderson, Lorie Broser, and Marlaine Olinick.
Melissa Stewart, Amy Pack, and Kathleen Barnea Spink.
PJ Pascual and Priya Shukla.

Photographs courtesy of Patrick McMullan/Getty Images

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