A Celebration 25 Years in the Making
In a rousing show of support for our youngest patients and their families, more than 380 members of our community came together on May 10th, 2016 at the Plaza Hotel for the KiDS of NYU Langone Springfling Gala. The event commemorated the 25th anniversary of KiDS, and raised $1.5 million to benefit children’s services across NYU Langone. Speakers highlighted the transformational change that KiDS has helped make possible over 25 years, and pointed to major advances on the horizon, including the planned opening of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital in 2018. Hoda Kotb, co-host of NBC News’ “TODAY” Show, served as a very special emcee for the evening (and even spoke of the event on air on Wednesday morning!). Kenneth G. Langone, Chair of the Board of Trustees of NYU Langone, was the gala chair.
“The story of KiDS demonstrates how much we can achieve when committed supporters and talented doctors team up to promote the best, most compassionate healthcare,” said Robert I. Grossman, MD, Saul J. Farber Dean and CEO of NYU Langone.
Since KiDS was formed in 1991 by a small team of parents, physicians, and supporters of children’s services, it has grown into one of NYU Langone’s most powerful philanthropic partners. Among KiDS many significant contributions is the KiDS Emergency Department, a dedicated pediatric emergency care facility that treats thousands of patients each year. KiDS has also provided millions in funding for hundreds of strategic programs and projects, helped launch the Sala Institute for Child and Family Centered Care, and paved the way for the Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital. A special video (watch below) played at the Springfling showcased longtime KiDS supporters and their successful efforts to ensure the delivery of unparalleled family-centered care at the Medical Center. Another video highlighted the enormous progress that the Medical Center has made on behalf of children and families in the past 8 years.
“We have come so far together,” said Alice Tisch, KiDS chair. “With your help, we have generated off-the-charts energy around children’s services at NYU Langone, and now we are seeing this advocacy and enthusiasm fuel an amazing transformation that surpasses even the most ambitious dreams of 25 years ago.”
Catherine S. Manno, MD, the Pat and John Rosenwald Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at NYU Langone, and Bruno V. Manno, Jr., MD, a cardiologist and a partner in Philadelphia Heart and Vascular Group, were this year’s Springfling honorees.
"Katie is an inpsiring leader and an exceptional communicator, and Bruno is a gifted cardiologist and one of the kindest men I know," said Dean Grossman. "No one is more deserving of our gratitude."
When Dr. Catherine Manno spoke, she said, “I am proud to be here tonight among so many of the city’s strongest supporters of children and children’s health.” She then announced that the Medical Center has just received an anonymous $10 million gift to create a new pediatric diabetes center—another example of that strong support. Dr. Manno noted that the center will be named the Robert I. Grossman, MD and Elisabeth J. Cohen, MD Pediatric Diabetes Center, in honor of Dean Grossman and his wife.
“Because of you,” she told the audience, “as an institution we continue to make huge strides to meet the healthcare needs of our community.” Read the rest of Dr. Manno's remarks here.