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Gilda’s Club NYC Raises $850,000 and Honors ‘SNL’ Star Vanessa Bayer at Annual Gala

Gilda’s Club NYC Raises $850,000 and Honors ‘SNL’ Star Vanessa Bayer at Annual Gala

Gilda’s Club NYC raised over $850,000 last night at a roaring bash that honored patients, as well as “Saturday Night Live” darling Vanessa Bayer.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 07: Vanessa Bayer (L) and Kenan Thompson attend the Gilda’s Club NYC 24th Annual Gala at The Pierre Hotel on November 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Gilda’s Club)

The comedian was awarded at the Pierre Hotel in New York City.  Friend and fellow “SNL” cast member Kenan Thompson presented her with The Gilda Radner Award.

“I applaud you all for what you are doing here,” said Thompson to attendees whose ticket purchases went to help back the free services patients receive at the center. “The world needs more people like you.”

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 07: (L-R) Bill Slattery, Donald Deieso, Lily Safani, Lewis C. Cantley, and John DiGiovanni attend the Gilda’s Club NYC 24th Annual Gala at The Pierre Hotel on November 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Gilda’s Club)

Vanessa Bayer, who recently released her first children’s book, “How Do You Care for a Very Sick Bear,” was inspired by her own personal experience with childhood cancer.   

Other honorees included: Donald A. Deieso, Ph.D., Executive Chairman and CEO, WCG (WIRB-Copernicus Group); and Lewis C. Cantley, Ph.D., Meyer Director, Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center Weill Cornell Medicine & New York-Presbyterian Hospital. 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 07: Gilda’s Club NYC Board Member Andrea Rabney poses with “Roseanne Roseannadanna” at the Gilda’s Club NYC 24th Annual Gala at The Pierre Hotel on November 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Gilda’s Club)

The evening, hosted by Bill Ritter, Anchor WABC-TV, also featured a live auction lead by Harry Santa-Olalla and a comedy set by Phil Hanley.   Honorary Chairs included Joanna Bull, Mandy Patinkin, Emma Stone, Karen Wilder and Robin & Alan Zweibel.  Gala Co-Chairs were William Slattery, Senior Partner, Deerfield Management and John DiGiovanni, Principal, Arsenal Capital Partners.  

“It’s an incredibly important organization to me,” said Stone in a taped message to the audience from the set of her latest film. “I’ve seen firsthand how incredible the work is they do there and how they help so many people.”

The room was brought to tears as present day patients at the center spoke on their love of the program before a lively auction took place that brought in thousands of dollars.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 07: Gilda’s Club NYC Member Kawanna King speaks during the Gilda’s Club NYC 24th Annual Gala at The Pierre Hotel on November 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Gilda’s Club)

Gilda’s Club New York City provides a welcoming community of support for cancer patients and their families.  Their free program is an essential complement to cancer care, providing support groups, educational lectures, healthy lifestyle workshops and social activities at its Clubhouse in the West Village and Gilda Comes to You partners located at medical centers throughout NYC. Founded in 1995 by Gene Wilder, psychotherapist Joanna Bull, Mandy Patinkin, Joel Siegel, and others, in memory of Saturday Night Live (SNL) cast member Gilda Radner, who passed away from ovarian cancer.  Gilda’s Club NYC provides a place where no one faces cancer alone. www.gildasclubnyc.org

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