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The Violet Ball

Thursday, May 11, 2017
550 Supporters in attendance
$5.2M Raised

NYU Langone Celebrates a Decade of Reinvention at the Violet Ball

The heart and soul of NYU Langone—its energized community of partners—turned out in full force for this year’s Violet Ball. On May 11, more than 550 friends, faculty members, and well-wishers gathered at the Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to toast the institution’s recent achievements and rally around its ambitious plans for the future. The program paid tribute to trustee and former board chair Thomas S. Murphy, and celebrated 10 years of transformational progress under the leadership of Robert I. Grossman, MD, the Saul J. Farber Dean and CEO of NYU Langone.

The evening raised over $5.2 million for scholarships at NYU School of Medicine, a top priority for the next decade. “We aim to make our school entirely tuition-free,” said Dean Grossman. “Imagine what it would mean to lift the financial burden for our students so they are free to pursue their greatest passions. It would redefine medical education and help redefine medicine as a whole.”

In recent years, NYU School of Medicine has built a $160 million scholarship endowment and created 55 new endowed scholarships, including fully funded educations for 35 students. This broad base of support has attracted one of the most talented student bodies anywhere. The 2016 incoming class boasted the highest average GPA in the country, while ranking in the 98th percentile for median MCAT scores.

Mr. Murphy, chairman and CEO emeritus of Capital Cities/ABC, Inc., was recognized for providing unparalleled vision and guidance to the Medical Center for nearly half a century. In a series of recorded tributes, he was praised by such business luminaries as Warren Buffett and Bob Iger, as well as by NYU Langone leadership. 

Kenneth G. Langone, Thomas S. Murphy and Robert I. Grossman, MD

Mr. Murphy spoke of the profound satisfaction he has gained from being a part of the NYU Langone family for so long. “I am grateful for my years on the board, where I have worked with people I respect and admire,” he said. “I consider it an honor to be involved with this great institution and the important work it does saving lives.”