NYU Langone Health announced today that more than $2 million was raised at the Bank of America Annual Art Auction on December 13, 2017, in Manhattan. The auction, which included works from the company’s own collection, was conducted by Sotheby’s and featured prominent artwork from Andy Warhol, Norman Rockwell, and David Hockney, among others. All proceeds from the auction will be used to expand NYU Langone’s services to help support veterans and their families.
“At NYU Langone, we have a long history of working with veterans and military families, which reflects our commitment to understanding their experiences and improving their quality of life and that of their families,” said Robert I. Grossman, MD, the Saul J. Farber Dean and CEO of NYU Langone. “We are grateful to Bank of America for its generosity in supporting us in these efforts as we continue to expand our clinical care, community education, and training programs, and new research to support those who have served our country.”
Proceeds from the auction, donated by Bank of America, will help extend important programs and mental health services available at NYU Langone to a larger number of veterans and their families, as well as programs to engage and educate the community on issues military families face. In addition, the funds will support research focused on post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, conditions common among veterans returning from war zones.
While introducing Andy Warhol’s painting “Superman,” Kenneth G. Langone, chair of the Board of Trustees at NYU Langone, said, “One of the things that NYU Langone is most proud of is the program that we’ve created for veterans. The injuries that come back from this war are some of the most difficult to deal with, so it’s very important we continue to provide these services to these men and women, and their families.”
“We’re constantly seeking new ways to connect with institutions doing important work,” said trustee Thomas K. Montag, chief operating officer at Bank of America. “So we’re incredibly proud to support veterans across the country through this donation to NYU Langone.”
Since 2012, more than 1,100 active military, veterans, and their families have been treated at NYU Langone at no cost and regardless of discharge.