B. Siegel, CB Richard Ellis; Dr.
Michael Salem, National Jewish
Health; Klara Silverstein; Larry
Properties; Wendy Mechanic;
Jonathan Mechanic, Fried, Frank,
Harris, Shriver & Jacobson;
Lee Neibart, AREA Property Partners; Joyce Neibart.
— Leading figures from the real estate and construction
industries joined more than 1000 guests on December 12th
to raise over $2.04 million at the annual “Winter’s Eve”
black-tie dinner to benefit National Jewish Health and to
establish The Jonathan L. and Wendy S. Mechanic Fund for
Lung Cancer and COPD Research and Treatment Programs.
L. Mechanic, Chairman of the Real Estate Department at
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, the evening’s
honoree, was presented with the National Jewish Health®
2009 Humanitarian Award at the Gala held at the Grand
Hyatt New York.
year’s honoree, Lee S. Neibart of AREA Property Partners,
was inducted into the National Jewish Health Council of
National Trustees by National Jewish Health President and
CEO Michael Salem, MD, during the event.
Luminaries from the real estate industry danced until
midnight amid the red-hot and spicy nightclub décor that
gave a new romantic meaning to the “Winter’s Eve” theme.
Wendy Siegel, National Council of Trustees Co-Chair, again
oversaw the party arrangements to ensure a high-energy and
leadership is a reflection of the broad support that
National Jewish Health has enjoyed for more than four
decades from the New York real estate community. The hefty
roster of executive and dinner committee members were led by
dinner chairmen Stephen B. Siegel (National Council of
Trustees Co-Chair) and Larry A. Silverstein, and honorary
chairmen Leonard Boxer, Marty Cohen, Michael D. Fascitelli,
Jeffrey J. Feil, Thomas Flexner, Marc Holliday, Charles
Kushner, Aby J. Rosen, Richard Ruben and Robert
Speyer, assisted by co-chairmen James D. Kuhn, Bruce E.
Mosler, Peter G. Riguardi and Mitchell E. Rudin. Treasurers
were Joshua Mermelstein and Robert Sorin and souvenir
program chair was Paul Allegretti.
National Jewish Health is known worldwide for treatment of
patients with respiratory, cardiac, immune and related
disorders, and for groundbreaking medical research. Founded
in 1899 as a nonprofit hospital, National Jewish Health
remains the only facility in the world dedicated exclusively
to these disorders. For 12 consecutive years, U.S.
News & World Report
has ranked National Jewish Health the #1 respiratory
hospital in the nation.