NYU Langone Shows Its True Colors at The Violet Ball
Commitment. Passion. Generosity. The qualities that define NYU Langone were on full display at this year’s Violet Ball, at which more than 475 friends, faculty members, and well-wishers gathered to celebrate the 175th anniversary of NYU School of Medicine and rally support for our unprecedented momentum. Held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 16, the evening raised $7 million for scholarships; paid special tribute to trustee Paolo Fresco; and kicked off a year-long celebration of the School’s 175th, at one of the most dramatic periods of growth in NYU Langone’s history.
“Right now, NYU Langone is buzzing with the energy of an institution on an unparalleled ascent,” said Robert I. Grossman, MD, Saul J. Farber Dean and CEO of NYU Langone. “We are rising in the ranks faster than any other academic medical institution in history, and that is because of the people in this room.”
The School of Medicine is ranked no. 11 for research—up from no. 34 just 8 brief years ago—out of 140 schools nationwide by U.S. News & World Report, and has significantly outperformed its peers in terms of growth in National Institutes of Health grant funding, while NYU Langone has scored no. 1 for patient safety and quality in the University HealthSystem Consortium’s Quality and Accountability Study for three years running.
Mr. Fresco was honored for his generous $25 million gift to launch the Marlene & Paolo Fresco Institute for Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders, which will advance research, treatment, and education in Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders. Mr. Fresco, a trustee since 2013, spoke of his personal commitment to improving care for movement disorders and about his connection to NYU Langone’s experts.
“Tonight, I don’t feel like a donor; I feel like a recipient of a great favor, because NYU Langone is allowing me to pursue the dream of trying to do something positive for people who suffer from this disease,” said Mr. Fresco.
A special video (below) featuring current scholarship students discussing how their financial support has made a difference demonstrated the impact that the $7 million raised for scholarships will make. Mr. Langone thanked attendees for their generosity, noting that scholarships are critical to the School of Medicine’s ability to attract the very best medical students; NYU Langone has raised more than $100 million in endowed scholarship funds over the past decade.
The Impact of Scholarship Support