Adults in Toyland Casino Night Raises Over $850,000 to Benefit Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and the Department of Pediatrics at NYU Langone Medical Center
“Adults in Toyland Casino Night” raised over $850,000 to support the Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and the Department of Pediatrics at NYU Langone Medical Center. Held on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at The Plaza Hotel, “The Foodie Magician” Josh Beckerman amazed guests with close-up magic and mind readings, and NBC’s Jeff Rossen served as the night’s emcee.
The event, hosted by the Committee for the Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and KiDS of NYU Langone, attracted 600 New York City professionals from finance, fashion, entertainment, and real estate, among other industries, committed to improving the lives of children who are being treated at NYU Langone and their families.
Guests in attendance include: Ellen Block, Alex Casdin, Janet and Howard Ginsburg, MD, Richard Mack, Stephen Mack, Maya and Edward Manley, Darcy Miller Nussbaum, Jonathan Patricof, Danielle Rossen, Kimberly and Jonathan Schulhof, Lauran Walk, Rob Wiesenthal, and Peter and Susi Wunsch.
Co-chairs for “Adults in Toyland Casino Night” were Adi Beltzman, Susan Block Casdin, Michael Corbat, Kate Goodman, Kimberly Goodwin, Morgan Hertzan, Patti Kim, Kelly Kennedy Mack, Harlan Fabrikant Saroken, and Michael Weaver.
Proceeds provide integral funding for the Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and the Department of Pediatrics, including interim patient/family housing, bilingual child life therapy, and music and recreational therapy. In addition, funds support pilot research that can potentially improve patient care and outcomes.
The festive annual event featured casino games, buffet, cocktails, a DJ, and a silent auction of luxury items guests were invited to bid on, including a walk-on role on CBS hit comedy The Millers, a reservation for four at the famed Rao’s Restaurant, and a three-night vacation on the Ferragamo family estate in Tuscany, Italy. A heartfelt video was also shown highlighting the impact past contributions have made on a few of the children treated at NYU Langone.
Attendees from NYU Langone included Robert I. Grossman, MD, dean and CEO, Joseph Lhota, senior vice president and vice dean, chief of staff, and Catherine Manno, MD, the Pat and John Rosenwald Professor of Pediatrics and chair, Department of Pediatrics. Physician co-chairs were William L. Carroll, MD, the Julie and Edward J. Minskoff Professor of Pediatrics, professor of pathology, and director, Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYU Langone, and Bret J. Rudy, MD, professor and vice chair, Department of Pediatrics.
Citi was the presenting sponsor, and Gotham Magazine returned as the media sponsor for this year’s event.
Deborah (DJ) Haffeman