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Glitzy Orthopaedic Foundation Anniversary Gala Brings Together Stars and Foodies for Night to Remember

Glitzy Orthopaedic Foundation Anniversary Gala Brings Together Stars and Foodies for Night to Remember

This past week the incredible Orthopaedic Foundation hosted their Fifteenth Anniversary Gala. The organization hosted the fantastic night in the grand ballroom of the St. Regis Hotel with guests including sports stars, topnotch chefs and world-renowned medical advisors.

At the event Dr. Kevin Plancher, founder of the organization, honored some of the most notable public figures when it comes to athleticism, philanthropy, and leadership such as Bernard Hopkins (Legendary Boxing Champion & Hall of Fame Inductee), Kevin Weekes (Former NHL Goalie, current Broadcaster/Analyst for NHL & ESPN), Celebrity Chef Dino Gatto (Executive Chef RAO’S), Celebrity ChefAndrew Whitney (Executive Chef/ Owner of Dell ‘anima), Victor Muro (President & CEO of Integrated Financial Strategies) and Richard “Big Daddy” Salgado (President & CEO Coastal Advisors LLC & Master of Ceremonies).

“The 15th Anniversary Gala allowed us to raise significant funds to continue our cutting-edge research for sports injuries and Musculoskeletal diseases such as Arthritis,” said Dr. Plancher.  

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“It was such a pleasure and honor to be the Orthopedic Foundation Gala’s MC and honoree,” said Richard Big Daddy Salgado. “I look forward to continuing to do great work for the organization and advancing their mission.”

The splendid occasion had guests gleefully mingling and enjoying beautiful moments to the support the cause.

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Celebrity guests included: Dennis Seidenberg (Former NY Islander), Erik Coleman (Former NFL Safety), Zab Judah (Multi-time Former World Champion In Two Weight Classes), Monte Barrett (Former Heavyweight Boxer), Brian Baldinger (Former NFL Offensive Lineman & Sports Analyst) and DeeMo (Actor/Songwriter) walked the red carpet and celebrated the evening with the honorees.

Guests were wined and dined on a 4-course decadent meal prepared by legendary figures from the food world. Chef Dino Gatto and Chef Andrew Whitney had exclusive wine pairings from The 1 Wine Company. Guests were additionally entertained by Second City Works, and a silent auction benefited the foundation tremendously.

The Orthopaedic Foundation was created as a not-for-profit (501) C(3) organization whose primary function is to effectively promote, support, develop and encourage research and education concerning minimally invasive orthopaedic surgery and advancements in musculoskeletal diseases. The Foundation is additionally committed to initiatives that educate individuals of all ages who are passionate about a healthy and active lifestyle and engage in self-directed practices to maintain that lifestyle. The aim of the Foundation is to discover new modalities for the treatment of orthopaedic injuries and musculoskeletal disease, to promote injury prevention, and to explore minimally invasive treatments that guarantee shorter recovery time and faster return to daily activities.


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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