NYU Langone Health raised nearly $1.2 million at its second annual Playing for Pediatrics Winter Game Night to benefit cutting-edge research and care at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, including innovative programming through the Sala Institute for Child and Family Centered Care.
Held on February 28, 2019, at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in Manhattan, the event was hosted by the Hassenfeld Committee and KiDS of NYU Langone. Howard B. Ginsburg, MD, director of the Division of Pediatric Surgery, and Susan Block Casdin, NYU Langone Health trustee and chair of the KiDS board, introduced the night’s honorees, iHeartMedia New York and 106.7 LITE FM, and thanked them for their help to raise money in support of pediatric research and clinical care. For the sixth consecutive year, Citi served as the presenting sponsor of the children’s hospital’s flagship event.
Bob Bronson and Christine Nagy, hosts of The Bob and Christine Morning Show on 106.7 LITE FM, served as the event emcees, while more than 500 guests “played” for the cause—enjoying oversize children’s games, festive fare, and a silent auction. Key prizes included dinner for two at Rao’s, VIP tickets to Art Basel in Miami, and VIP tickets to the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas.
A highlight of the evening was a video guest appearance from NBC’s Today co-anchor Hoda Kotb, who said she is “proud to be part of this important cause.” Her message was followed by a video highlighting the unique experiences of children and families at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital—34th Street, New York City’s first new children’s hospital in nearly 15 years.
Event Chairs, Co-Chairs, and Guests of Note
Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital leadership, Catherine S. Manno, MD, the Pat and John Rosenwald Professor of Pediatrics and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, chaired the event with physician co-chairs Fiona H. Levy, MD, MBA; Elizabeth A. Raetz, MD; and Jeffrey H. Wisoff, MD.
Playing for Pediatrics Winter Game Night co-chairs were Lisa Anderson, Erica and Scott Belsky, Adi Beltzman, Alexander Brodsky, Susan Block Casdin, Melanie Clark, Michael Corbat, Grace and Jack Dayan, Diana Dieckman, Kate Goodman, Kimberly Goodwin, Beth and Morgan Hertzan, Patti Kim, Kelly Kennedy Mack, Shyamli and Robert Milam, Robert Perretta, Harlan and Brian Saroken, Valerie and Steven Stein, Alice Tisch, Lacey Tisch and Jonathan Schulman, and Michael Weaver.
In addition to the co-chairs in attendance, guests included Carol Alt, Heather and Felix Baker, Ellen Block, Michael Block, Alexander Casdin, Katama and Jay Eastman, Brooke Gerschel, Trudy Elbaum Gottesman and Robert Gottesman, Marjorie Harris, Bevin Kaplan and Daniel Reifer, Beth Kojima, Kimberly Kravis-Schulhof, Dylan Lauren, Gus Rosendale, Caroline Schmidt-Barnett and Craig Barnett, Rebecca and Peter Shapiro, Randi Sidikaro, Sara and Josh Wechter, and Vanessa and Scott Willett.
About Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital and the Sala Institute for Child and Family Centered Care
Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital—34th Street is NYU Langone’s flagship pediatric inpatient care location, a 160,000-square-foot facility with 68 single-patient rooms in the newly built Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel Pavilion. It is the first new children’s hospital to open in New York City in nearly 15 years, and the only pediatric inpatient facility in Manhattan with all single-patient rooms.
Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital’s mission is guided by unparalleled commitment to partnering with children and their families. Everyone, from doctors to nurses to support staff, is dedicated to making sure that children are put at ease, that parents’ voices are heard, and that the entire family knows their children aren’t just cared for, but cared about.
Through the Sala Institute for Child and Family Centered Care, Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital’s more than 400 doctors—along with nurses, child life specialists, and social workers—partner with families to provide exceptional care for every type of childhood condition, from the most common to the most complex, in a space where children can be children and parents can feel supported.