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Honorees Deven Parekh and Sherrie Westin with award winners at KidSpirit's annual awards.

The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) celebrated the 21st Anniversary of the annual Collaborating for a Cure Benefit Dinner & Auction at Cipriani Wall Street, featuring an exclusive musical performance by Dawes. The annual gala raised approximately $2.5 million to support the SWCRF “Invest in Research” efforts that fund highly collaborative research projects focused on eradicating cancer. The Collaborating for a Cure gala was well-attended, undeterred by the snow storm and 14 other fundraising events taking place throughout New York City. Proudly, the 21st Anniversary’s gala seating encompassed 80% personal purchases and 20% purchases from corporations, whereas the other 14 fundraising events saw a turnout comprised of 20% personal purchases and 80% corporate purchases.

Notable attendees included Marion Waxman, Dr. Samuel Waxman, Elin Nierenberg, Michael Nierenberg Chris Wragge, William T. Sullivan, Dawes, Robin Lathrop, Richard Volpe, Christian Volpe, Alison Volpe, Dena K. Weiner, Howard Kurz, James E. Frankel, Jody Gorin, Allie Gorin, Karen Amster-Young, Benjamin Young, Lewis A. Rubin, Joe Steffa, Sara Waxman, Bettina Waxman, Spencer Waxman, Scott Waxman, Joe Ades, Ten Travis, Hugh Hildesley, Julie Waxman, Lucy Salas, Elissa Held, Jamie Koff, Alyssa Greenberg, Samantha Santiago, Stokes Nielson, Ryan Bier and Corbette Jackson.

William Sullivan
Executive Vice President Hugh Hildesley of Sotheby’s leads the live auction

After a lively cocktail reception and silent auction, SWCRF Collaborating for a Cure Gala host Michael Nierenberg greeted the foundation’s board, staff, and the evening’s guests with a warm welcome graciously outlining over 20 years of giving and continued support from the organization’s donors. From the CBS 2 News studio, co-anchor Chris Wragge emerged on screen to introduce SWCRF founder and CEO Dr. Samuel Waxman to the stage. Chris Wragge was the evening’s virtual host, appearing on screen to help the evening’s program run smoothly.

Greeting the room of distinguished guests, Dr. Waxman acknowledged their efforts trekking through New York City’s winter storm in true altruistic spirit. Detailing the Foundation’s major achievements, he highlights advancements in cancers involving the liver, breast, leukemia, pediatric and lung. The SWCRF has seen great momentum since officially launching the Partnerships for Aging and Cancer Research program, a collaboration with the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute on Aging which is spearheading research to uncover the links between cancers. Research funded by the program studied the environmental and genetic factors that increase the risk of cancer as people age. With a formidable but truly feasible goal of building a $32 million fund, Dr. Waxman humbly invited donors continued support.

Marion Waxman and Dr. Samuel Waxman

Taking the stage, SWCRF Executive Director William T. Sullivan instructed gala guests on how to Text to Pledge, using the mobile fundraising program which enables guests to text their donations. Each texted donation was accompanied by messages of encouragement and celebration that appeared, in real-time, on large screens throughout the evening, the first of them being a $5,000 gift, “In honor of Michael Nierenberg” from Thomas Shea.

Keeping up the momentum, the evening’s live auction, led by Hugh Hildesley, Executive Vice President of Sotheby’s, featured luxury items and experiences including: a Palm Bay Italy Winery experience including a six-day stay for four guests which raised $20,000; two house seats to “Springsteen on Broadway” raised $14,000; also Restaurateur Donna Lennard of il Buco Vita welcomes 10-14 guests for an intimate six-course dinner at the home décor showroom, raising $11,000. Other auction items included a Cockapoo Puppy (winning bid of $7,000), a shopping spree at John Varvatos SoHo Boutique (winning bid of $4,000) and a meet-and-greet with the evening’s musical guests, Dawes, who also autographed a guitar for the lucky winner (winning bid of $3,500).

Dawes performs at the 21st Anniversary Collaborating for a Cure Gala

The money raised in support of cancer research at the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation’s Institute Without Walls and Aging and Cancer Programs have made significant breakthroughs, including identifying pathways to deliver novel therapies to treat cancer. The Collaborating for a Cure gala is among the top fundraising events in New York City, and this year featured an exclusive headline performance from the rock band, Dawes – the only NYC stop as part of their North American tour. With ‘An Evening With DAWES: Passwords Tour’ well on its way, Dawes made an exclusive stop at the gala in honor of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation.

The Collaborating for a Cure gala, affectionately known as “The Waxman”, has raised millions of dollars to support the Foundation’s research efforts to produce a cure for cancer. Since 1976, the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation has awarded approximately $90 million to support the work of more than 200 researchers around the globe. Past celebrity performers have included The Avett Brothers, Ziggy Marley, Train, Peter Frampton, Gregg Allman, Kid Rock, Steely Dan, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Sheryl Crow, John Fogerty, Roger Daltrey, and Counting Crows.

Michael Nierenberg, Elin Nierenberg, Alyssa Greenberg, and Howard Shlafmitz
Cancer survivors Christian Volpe and special guest Richard Volpe with Alison Volpe
Erica Fineberg, William Sullivan, Rachel Kramer, Jesse Dean, and friends
L to R.: Jody and Allie Gorin; Samantha Santiago and Joe Steffa
Scott Waxman, Samuel Waxman, and Joe Ades
Stokes Nielson, Ryan Bier, and Corbette Jackson
Marion Waxman, Elissa Held, and Karen Amster-Young
Sara Waxman, Bettina Waxman, Marion Waxman, and Julie Waxman
Sara Waxman, Bettina Waxman, and Spencer Waxman
Winning bidder with her new Cockapoo Puppy which raised $7,000 for the live auction portion

On November 13th, KidSpirit celebrated its annual Awards at Capitale in downtown Manhattan with friends, supporters, and youth from around the country and abroad.

As the only youth-led platform for building community through life’s big questions, KidSpirit build bridges of mutual understanding among kids of all backgrounds and traditions. With over 70,000 readers from 180 countries and hundreds of contributors annually, KidSpirit provides teens with a unique forum to become world citizens with strong inner grounding.

During the event, awards were presented to the youth contributors whose works have been selected by their peers for special recognition. The young editors read excerpts from these pieces, all of which can be found in The Best of KidSpirit Vol. V, which launched at the event.

The Manhattan Youth Orchestra (MSO) wowed the nearly 300 guests with their beautiful renditions of “Yellow” by Coldplay, and a selection of Romanian Folk Dances by Béla Bartók.


The event’s honoree, Sherrie Westin, President, Global Impact and Philanthropy, at Sesame Workshop
L to R.: Founder and Executive Director Elizabeth Dabney Hochman; The event’s honoree, Deven Parekh, Managing Director at Insight Venture Partners

KidSpirit also honored two outstanding individuals who embody the exemplary leadership KidSpirit’s participants aspire to: Deven Parekh, Managing Director at Insight Venture Partners, and Sherrie Westin, President of Global Impact and Philanthropy at Sesame Workshop. Mr. Gaston and Ms. Walker each gave remarks and were presented awards by KidSpirit youth contributors.

In her remarks, Elizabeth Dabney Hochman, Founder and Executive Director, said “KidSpirit isn’t just something you read; what makes it unique and ultimately transformative is the way that our disparate community works together.”

Guests at the 2018 KidSpirit Awards
Managing Directors at Insight Venture Partners Deven Parekh and Peter Sobiloff
David Squires, Alison Godburn, Karen Humphries Sallick, Tim Hine, and Rachel Hine
Event Chair Liz Melcher Luckett, Founder and Executive Director Elizabeth Dabney Hochman, Eliza Rossman, and Rachel Hines
Sherrie Westin and CEO of Sesame Workshop Jeffrey Dunn
Meredith Jacobson, Will Fowler, Jeffrey Dunn, Hallie Ruvin, and Estee Bardanashvili
William Sandy, Sherrie Westin, Lily Rollins, and Nellie Gregorian

The Soldiers’, Sailors’, Marines’, Coast Guard & Airmen’s Club (SSMAC) celebrated its 99th Anniversary at the 22nd Annual Military Ball at the Pierre on Friday October 12th. They honored Admiral John M. Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations, United States Navy, Captain Tammie Jo Shults, Southwest Airlines and William Boesch, CEO Council for Logistics Research, Inc. Guests included John and Margo Catsimatidis, Rita Cosby, Her Royal Highness Princess Owana Salazar of Hawaii.

Each year SSMAC salutes a branch of the United States Military. This year the United States Navy was honored. Members of the military, veterans and supporters annually attend this event to pay tribute to our brave men and women who have served their country.

Trevor Roper, Patrick Davis, Boo Grace, Leo Wisnewsky, and Roy Stanley
Alyse and Tony Lo Bianco
L to R.: Margaret Ann Harley, HRH Princess Owana Salazar of Hawaii, and Alexander Obolensky; Madison Moore and Alison Chase
Color Guard
NYPD Pipes and Drums of the Emerald Society
USO Show Troupe
HE Cavaliere Philip Bonn, HRH Princess Owana Salazar of Hawaii
Admiral John M. Richardson and Bill McShane
William Boesch and Bill McShane
Captain Tammie Jo Shults, Bill McShane, and Southwest Airlines Heros
Matt Rich, Baroness W. Langer von Langendorff, Margo Catsimatidis, John Catsimatidis, Rita Cosby, and Tomaczek Bednarek

Photographs by Lenny Stucker & PMC (Waxman); Annie Watt (SSMACA)

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