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Over $5.2 Million Raised at NYU Langone Medical Center’s Violet Ball

Over $5.2 Million Raised at NYU Langone Medical Center’s Violet Ball

It was a beautiful night at the museum. Over five hundred guests decked out in gorgeous suits and stunning gowns gathered together for the 2017 NYU Langone Medical Center Violet Ball.

The beloved event raised over $5.2 million at the grand soiree held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on the evening of May 11. Thomas S. Murphy, former chairman and CEO of Capital Cities/ABC, Inc. was honored during the night for his nearly 50-year commitment to NYU Langone Medical Center.


Guests enjoyed stunning views of history while gathering for one of New York City’s biggest fundraiser nights.

“I am grateful for my years on the board, where I have worked with people I respect and admire,” said Mr. Murphy in his remarks, who has been a trustee of NYU Langone since 1972, was chairman of the Board of Trustee from 1984 to 1997, and is a fife trustee and honorary vice chair at NYU. “I consider it an honor to be involved with this great institution and in the important work it does saving lives. One special joy of serving on the board has been interacting with the staff and doctors, who are a magnificent group. I thank you for the honor you have bestowed on me tonight.”

Guests included Marjorie and Walter Buckley; Susan Block Casdin; Elisabeth J. Cohen, MD; CNBC’s Jim Cramer; Lisa Detwiler; Adriana and Luiz Fraga; Lucyna and Arminio Fraga; Trudy Elbaum Gottesman and Robert Gottesman; Marjorie and Josh Harris; Ruth and Sidney Lapidus; Lori and Al Leiter; Kelly Kennedy Mack and Stephen Mack; Thomas Murphy, Jr.; Klara and Larry Silverstein; Brett and Dan Sundheim; Allen Thorpe; Alice Tisch; and Beatrice and Anthony Welters.

The night was full of fun, but at the same time celebrated an important cause. Proceeds raised at the Gala will be used to attract and retain brilliant young minds through scholarships, advance the Medical Center’s bold vision, and strengthen the Medical Center’s role as a resource for the diverse communities of New York and beyond.

Robert I. Grossman, MD, the Saul J. Farber Dean and CEO of NYU Langone, was also recognized for his upcoming 10-year anniversary in his role as Dean and CEO this July.

Dr. Grossman told the audience at the dinner, “Thomas Murphy has been a mainstay of our community for nearly half a century, and has made an indelible imprint on who we are, and who we strive to be. Tonight, it’s only fitting that we honor him and his unwavering commitment to the many causes he has served.”

Kenneth G. Langone, chair of the Board of Trustees at NYU Langone, served as Gala Chair, and Dr. Grossman was the Physician Committee Chair.

NYU Langone Medical Center, a world-class, patient-centered, integrated academic medical center, is one of the nation’s premier centers for excellence in clinical care, biomedical research, and medical education. Located in the heart of Manhattan, NYU Langone is composed of four hospitals—Tisch Hospital, its flagship acute care facility; Rusk Rehabilitation; the Hospital for Joint Diseases, the Medical Center’s dedicated inpatient orthopaedic hospital; and Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital, a comprehensive pediatric hospital supporting a full array of children’s health services across the Medical Center. Also part of NYU Langone is NYU School of Medicine, which since 1841 has trained thousands of physicians and scientists who have helped to shape the course of medical history, and the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute–designated cancer center. The Medical Center’s tri-fold mission to serve, teach, and discover is achieved 365 days a year through the seamless integration of a culture devoted to excellence in patient care, education, and research. For more information, go to

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ElizaBeth Taylor is a journalist for Times Square Chronicles and is a frequent guest at film, fashion and art events throughout New York City and Los Angeles due to her stature as The Sensible Socialite.Passionate about people ElizaBeth spent many years working as a travel reporter and television producer after graduating with high honors from University of Southern California. The work has afforded her the opportunity to explore Europe, Russia, South America, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. It has greatly influenced the way in which ElizaBeth sees a story and has created a heightened awareness for the way people around the world live today.

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