Last night nearly 500 partygoers at NYU Langone Health’s inaugural Playing for Pediatrics helped raise more than $1.3 million for a new groundbreaking center.
The Ziegfeld Ballroom in Midtown was transformed into a grand adult game room full of exciting games and phenomenal food and drink selections all in the name of a wonderful cause. Playing for Pediatrics Winter Game Night had guests having an amazing time and in return helped support child- and family-centered care at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone. The event was hosted by the Hassenfeld Committee and KiDS of NYU Langone, and honored Jeffrey H. Wisoff, MD, director of the Pediatric Neurosurgery Division at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital. In addition to paying tribute to Dr. Wisoff, the event was a celebration of the future of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital, slated to open in its new, dedicated home in June of 2018.
Along with the games a silent auction as brought in funds for the state-of-the-art children’s hospital and for NYU Langone’s Sala Institute for Child and Family Centered Care, which promotes cutting-edge research and innovative programming for children. Together, Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital and Sala promise to have a tremendously positive impact on the care of children and families in New York City and beyond, and funds from the event will ensure their success.
Jeff Rossen, NBC National Investigative Correspondent, and host of “Rossen Reports” on TODAY and NBC Nightly News emceed the evening where the program included a video featuring TODAY co-anchor Hoda Kotb, who notes that she is proud to be part of the cause “as a parent, and as a New Yorker.” The video also tells the story of 10-year-old Charleigh Collins, a patient of honoree Dr. Wisoff. Dr. Wisoff successfully removed a tumor from Charleigh’s brain several years ago; in the video, her mother speaks of her gratitude for Charleigh’s care. On stage, Rossen thanked attendees for supporting services such as those Charleigh and her mother received, and acknowledged KiDS of NYU Langone and the Hassenfeld Committee—who have for years raised important funds at events like Adults in Toyland Casino Night and Springfling—for their unwavering support. Rossen also thanked Citi, who has generously contributed to pediatrics fundraisers at NYU Langone for five years in a row, and was Presenting Sponsor of this event.
Guests enjoyed festive fare and music throughout the evening, as well as a silent auction of luxury items guests were invited to bid on, including two VIP tickets to a live taping of Saturday Night Live, a VIP NASCAR experience, and a vacation package to Miami to visit Art Basel Beach 2018.
The new Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital will continue to offer children and families expert care and comprehensive support, now in a setting—and with equipment, tools, and technology—to match the level of care for which NYU Langone Health is known. The Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital name will continue to encompass NYU Langone’s children’s programs and services across all locations, including inpatient care, the KiDS Emergency Department, and all ambulatory services.
Co-chairs for the Playing for Pediatrics Winter Game Night were Lisa Anderson; Erica Roizen Belsky, PhD; Alexander Brodsky; Susan Block Casdin; Melanie Clark; Michael Corbat; Grace and Jack Dayan; Diana Dieckman; Amy France; Kate Goodman; Kimberly Goodwin; Trudy Elbaum Gottesman; Beth and Morgan Hertzan; Patti Kim; Kelly Kennedy Mack; Shyamli and Robert Milam; Robert Perretta; Harlan Fabrikant Saroken; Jill and Ron Sedley; Valerie and Steven Stein; Alice Tisch; Lacey Tisch and Jonathan Schulman; and Michael Weaver.
“We are thrilled at the upcoming opening of The Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital,” stated event Chair, Catherine S. Manno, MD. “It is a one-of-a-kind hospital in the region – even in the United States – capitalizing on the excellence of NYU Langone.”
In addition to the co-chairs in attendance, guests included Carol Alt; Heather and Felix Baker; Lissy Bank; Caroline and Craig Barnett; Ellen Block; Alexander Casdin; Brian France; Robert Gottesman; Marjorie Harris; Bevin Kaplan; Kimberly Kravis; Maya and Edward Manley; Susan Lipton; Stephen Mack; Victoria and Jonathan Patricof; Stefanie and Evan Reed; Jamie Tisch; and Sara Wechter.