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Supporters Take Victory Lap at KiDS of NYU Langone Springfling Gala
Celebrating nearly $7.5 million raised including gala proceeds and gifts from the KiDS of NYU and NASCAR Foundations, more than 300 friends of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone gathered at the 2017 Springfling Gala in support of providing the best, most compassionate care for children and families. Pradeep N. Mally, MD, received a special award for his leadership as director of the Division of Neonatology and director of the Perinatal and Neonatal Medicine Fellowship Program, while the NASCAR Foundation was honored for its recent gift of $1 million to support the Child Life Program.
“NYU Langone has the absolute best experts in children’s services anyone could ask for,” said Robert I. Grossman, MD, the Saul J. Farber Dean and CEO of NYU Langone. “I’m speaking not as the Dean and CEO, but as the grandfather of newborn twins who were just delivered here. The outstanding care they received from our NICU team is the same outstanding care we provide to countless children and families every day.”
The NASCAR Foundation’s gift, part of its national “Speediatrics” program supporting children’s health, is its first to a New York City hospital. NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France and Amy France were presented with an award on behalf of the NASCAR Foundation. “We look forward to working with you to create more meaningful programs for children in the future,” said Mr. France.
The KiDS of NYU Foundation announced two gifts, totaling $5.5 million, to endow a professorship in the Department of Pediatrics and to support the Sala Institute for Child and Family Centered Care. “No matter how skilled and knowledgeable doctors and caregivers are, they simply can’t do their job without partnering with children and families,” said Catherine S. Manno, MD, the Pat and John Rosenwald Professor of Pediatrics and the chair of the Department of Pediatrics. “I’d like to thank the KiDS of NYU Foundation for helping us become better partners, as they’ve done so many times before.”
The tribute to Dr. Mally included a special video featuring the story of the Abrams family, who credit the health of their daughter, born months early, to the excellent care of Dr. Mally and his team. “Thanks in part to KiDS, we are able to stay at the forefront of neonatology and be true leaders in this ever-changing field of medicine,” said Dr. Mally.