The Spirit of Achievement

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The Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz family at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Women’s Division's 65th annual Spirit of Achievement Luncheon at the Rainbow Room.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Women’s Division held its 65th annual Spirit of Achievement Luncheon at the iconic Rainbow Room today to recognize notable achievements in theatre, writing, philanthropy and medicine. This year’s luncheon raised over $425,000 for comprehensive health care for women through cutting-edge research, discovery and teaching, as well as providing specialty care for all women.  

This year’s event was attended by 250 supporters and hosted by Co-Presidents of the Women’s Division Terri Goldberg and Trudy Schlachter and Luncheon Chairs Carol Roaman and Andrea Stark.  The sold out event was supported by the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, Gray Foundation, Once Upon A Time Productions and fashion brand St. John.  NBC’s Today Show Lifestyle Contributor Jill Martin was Master of Ceremonies for the third year.

Co-Presidents of the Women’s Division Terri Goldberg and Trudy Schlachter.

The honorees included Jamie de Roy, Michael Korda, Philanthropist Marilyn Katz and Einstein’s own Professor Radiation Oncology Professor and Chairman Shalom Kalnicki.  The Young Spirit of Achievement Award, a new addition to the program this year was presented to philanthropist and producer Tara Smith-Swibel. 

Notable guests and long-time supporters of the organization include Andrea Stark, Dr. Gordon Tomaselli, Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz (Dean of Albert Einstein College of Medicine), Dr. Steven M.Safyer (President and CEO of Montefiore Medicine) Melissa Ceriale, Carol Roaman, Mary Loving, Ellen Newhouse, Carole Olshan, Pamela Pantzer, Daryl Roth, Haley Steinbrenner Swindal amongst others.

Michael Korda and Jill Martin.
Jamie deRoy and Carol Roaman.
Tara Smith Swibel and Andrea Stark.
Shalom Kalnicki, MD and Stanley M. Katz.

The Spirit of Achievement Awards, which began as a mother-daughter luncheon honoring Marlene Dietrich and her daughter Maria Riva in 1954, was the very first “benefit luncheon” in Manhattan.  It is now considered a power-house luncheon for women in all fields, from acting to journalism to medicine.  The list of names associated with the Spirit Luncheon is unparalleled.  The dedicated members of the Women’s Division of Albert Einstein College of Medicine are a driving force in aiding medical research and education for the development of innovative treatments and cures for life-threatening conditions and are pleased to honor this year’s recipients. 

Past honorees include Eleanor Roosevelt, Meryl Streep, Barbara Walters, Sharon Stone, Christine Baranski, Anne Bancroft, Jane Pauley, Gloria Steinem, Twyla Tharp, Candice Bergen, Barbara Cocoran, Hoda Kotb, Cynthia Nixon, Whoopi Goldberg, Cindy Crawford, Katie Couric, Vera Wang, Iris Apfel, Shirley MacLaine, Elsa Peretti, Joyce Carol Oats, Diane Von Furstenberg, Patricia Field, Susan Lucci, Glenn Close, Diane Sawyer, Nora Ephron, Evelyn Lauder, Jill Martin, Donna Karan and many others.

Stephanie Doppelt, Roni Doppelt, and Marilyn L. Katz.

Since its inception, the Women’s Division has raised more than $100 million and has established: a Wing for Prenatal Studies and Research in Birth Defects, a Clinical Research Institute for Child Development, and funded major research in immunodiagnosis and immunotherapy in cancer.

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Luncheon Chairs Trudy Schlachter, Carol Roaman, Terri Goldberg, and Andrea Stark.
Karen Berger, Iris Brookman, Sharon Bush, and Kathleen DeMonchy.
Andrea Stark, Stephen Jacoby, Melissa Ceriale, and Lorraine Malasky.
L. to r.: David Katz, Amy Katz, and Neil Katz; Helene Stock and Jaclyn Katz.
Steven M. Safyer, MD and Paula Marcus, MD.
L. to r.: Gordon F. Tomaselli, MD, The Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz Dean Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Michael Korda; Trudy Schlachter and Colleen Schlachter.
Eda Sorokoff, Jamie deRoy, and Haley Swindal.
Honorees Michael Korda, Jamie deRoy, Tara Smith Swibel, and Shalom Kalnicki, MD.
Back row: Carol Einiger, Roger Einiger, and Stanley M. Katz. Front row: Marilyn L. Katz and Bruce Katz.

The International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children’s Gala inspired partners and funders who share the collective purpose of eradicating child sexual abuse/exploitation and finding missing children. On Thursday, May 2nd, Peter Alexander, co-host of NBC’s Weekend TODAY, energized a crowd of 300+ who learned more about the technology enabled solutions leading to the most significant outcomes in child protection — to make sure no child stands alone.

Hill Harper, Actor and Activist starring in the #1 hit television drama The Good Doctor on ABC, presented the Global Impact for Child Protection Award to Amazon Web Services. Bringing the Amazon Rekognition API to the International Centre’s GMCNgineTM, a platform tirelessly searching the clear and dark web for missing child case matches, has revolutionized the way we search for missing children around the world. Harper spoke about the importance of granting each child the same search effort no matter the resources of each country. “This tool makes us stronger and more capable to do what we need to do – find missing children,” said Harper.

Jason Bier, President of the Federation for Internet Alerts (FIA) accepted the Humanitarian Award for their contribution to the GMCNgine as well. FIA’s partnership allows the International Centre to bring internet alerting systems to 29 countries, creating the largest emergency alert system in the world.

Olympic Swimmer and Survivor, Margaret Hoelzer presented the final award to the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children. They selected the International Centre and Child Helpline International as grantee partners to develop and implement a model response system to help victims of online child sexual abuse and exploitation in five targeted countries. Margaret recalled that rescue is just the beginning of a long road to recovery. “This award is meaningful to me because my family and I were enveloped in care when we went to the police,” said Hoelzer. “Every child should have access to this kind of care.”

Dave Levy and Hill Harper.

Perhaps the most impressive force leading the International Centre into the future is the new CEO, Paul Shapiro. He has dedicated his career to organizational transformation in the “for profit” sector and more than 15 years to building and improving non-profit organizations. Mr. Shapiro joins the International Centre to unite the world in the shared commitment to eradicate this epidemic facing our children. Dr. Franz Humer, Chairman of the Board, welcomed Shapiro and all of the guests noting, “Paul’s leadership and partnerships with giants in their respective fields is a critical endorsement of ICMEC’s ability to shape how the world views child safety and to deliver responsible, sophisticated solutions.”  Mr. Shapiro commented on the partners as the real hero’s when it comes to child protection around the globe, “If you want to go fast, you go alone but if you want to go far, you go together. The first 20 years have been successful because of our extraordinary partners and the next 20 will be no different.”

L. to r.: Jason and Laura Bier; Kim Galeota, Jay Galeota, and Sally Paull.

Partnering with every industry from Government and Technology to Sports and Entertainment through six dedicated programs to advance every country’s child protection capabilities. We promise to unite the world in the prevention, response, recovery, and healing of every missing, abused, and exploited child to make certain that no matter where they are or how they got there, no child stands alone.

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L. to r.: Raina Seitel, Connie Kristine, and Jacqui Stafford; Rita Cosby and Kiran Chetry.
L. to r.: Margaret Hoelzer and Dr. Howard Taylor; Alicia Kozakiewicz.
Jerome Kim, Sylvia Kim, Edineia Bickerstaff, and George Bickerstaff.
L. to r.: Julia Williams and Helga Long; Nadira Schinazi and Ray Schinazi.
The Board of ICMEC.

A couple of weeks ago, Greg and Margaret Hedberg welcomed friends of the Southampton History Museum to their art-filled Upper East Side townhouse for springtime cocktails and buzz-building for the Museum’s two major summer fundraisers, “An Insider’s View- Tour of Southampton Homes” on Saturday, June 1st, and “The Beach Ball- the 2019 Halsey House Gala” on Saturday, July 6th.

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L. to r.: The Hedberg living room and garden.
L. to r.: Kip Forbes and Greg Hedberg; Steven Stolman and Jennifer Powers.
L. to r.: Gabrielle Gangi; Greg Hedberg, Susan Wagner, and Edward Donovan.
Greg Hedberg, Tom Edmonds, and Margaret Hedberg.
L. to r.: Cheryl Carter and Pat Garrity; Rich Wilkie and Debbie Bancroft.
L. to r.: Kip Forbes, Tom Edmonds, and Tim Brunner; Friederike Biggs.

Photographs by Sylvain Gaboury/PMC (ICMEC); Jason Torres/N.Y. Vintage Cameraworks (Einstein).

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