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Foundation Fighting Blindness
Banking on a Cure Dinner

FOUNDATION FIGHTING BLINDNESS

Banking On A Cure Dinner to Support Sight-Saving Research
Raises Nearly $1 Million

January 19, 2011

Photos by:  Joyce Brooks
joyce@blacktiemagazine.com

 

Honoree, Aryeh B. Bourkoff, Vice Chairman, Global Head of TMT UBS Investment Bank, Gordon Gund, Co-Founder & Chairman, Foundation Fighting Blindness, and

Honoree, Aryeh B. Bourkoff, Vice Chairman, Global Head of TMT UBS Investment Bank, Gordon Gund, Co-Founder & Chairman, Foundation Fighting Blindness, and
Honoree, Stanley Chang, M.D., Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology Columbia University Medical Center

 
 
Mr. and Mrs. Aryeh Bourkoff
Mr. and Mrs. Aryeh Bourkoff
Jim Minnow and Emcee Peter Alexander,

Jim Minow and Emcee Peter Alexander,
 NBC News Correspondent

Jeremiah H. Shaw, Sr., Vice Chairman, Foundation Fighting Blindness, Agnes Gund, Former Governor of New York David Paterson and Debbie Shaw

Jeremiah H. Shaw, Sr., Vice Chairman, Foundation Fighting Blindness, Agnes Gund, Former Governor of New York David Paterson and Debbie Shaw

Lulie Gund and Stanley Chang, M.D.

Lulie Gund and Stanley Chang, M.D.

Dinner Co-Chair, Dan Bergstein, Aryeh B. Bourkoff and Dinner Co-Chair, Ehren Stenzler

Dinner Co-Chair, Dan Bergstein, Aryeh B. Bourkoff and Dinner Co-Chair, Ehren Stenzler

Former Governor of New York David Paterson

Former Governor of New York David Paterson

Former Governor of New York David Paterson and

Former Governor of New York David Paterson,
Donna Burke Tehaan
and Gordon Gund

William T. Schmidt, Chief Executive Officer, Foundation Fighting Blindness, Former Governor of New York David Paterson, Gordon Gund, Lulie Gund and Jim Minnow

William T. Schmidt, Chief Executive Officer, Foundation Fighting Blindness, Former Governor of New York David Paterson, Gordon Gund, Lulie Gund and Jim Minow

NBA Commissioner David Stern and Gordon Gund

NBA Commissioner David Stern and Gordon Gund

NBA Commissioner David Stern and Gordon and

NBA Commissioner David Stern and Gordon and
 Lulie Gund

Jim Minnow and Peter Alexander

Jim Minow and Peter Alexander

Lulie Gund and Stanley Chang, M.D.

Lulie Gund and Stanley Chang, M.D.

Lulie Gund,  Former Governor of New York David Paterson, and Peter Alexander

Lulie Gund,  Former Governor of New York David Paterson, and Peter Alexander

Meir Levy and Danny Bensusan

Meir Levy and Danny Bensusan

Olivia Bourkoff and Vivienne Roumani-Denn

Olivia Bourkoff and Vivienne Roumani-Denn

Until Next Year....

The Foundation Fighting Blindness  honored Aryeh B. Bourkoff, Vice Chairman, Global Head of Telecom, Media, and Technology Investment Banking, UBS Investment Bank; and Stanley Chang, M.D., Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology, Columbia University Medical Center, with Visionary Awards at the Banking on a Cure Awards Dinner January 19 at The Plaza. The event raised nearly $1 Million and  will benefit the Foundation Fighting Blindness, whose urgent mission is driving the research that will provide preventions, treatments and cures for people affected with retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, Usher syndrome, and the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases.

·         Honoree Aryeh B. Bourkoff:  Recognized as one of Fortune’s 40 under 40 in 2010, Bourkoff made the rare jump from media analyst to investment banker. He has been at the forefront of numerous innovative arrangements involving Comcast, NBC, Charter Communications and Sirius XM Radio, among others, shaping the way the modern world communicates and consumes entertainment.

·         Honoree Dr. Stanley Chang: Consistently named as one of America’s best doctors, Dr. Chang has developed and pioneered several revolutionary surgical approaches to treat complicated forms of retinal detachment, improving outcomes for patients worldwide.

·         Dinner Trustee Chair Iris Spiegel and her daughter Tali: A Foundation Fighting Blindness National Trustee, Iris has worked to drive retinal research. Tali is affected with retinitis pigmentosa, but Foundation-funded researchers in Israel have identified her mutated gene, which opens the door for potential gene therapy and other treatments.

·         Dinner Co-Chairs: Daniel G. Bergstein, Foundation Fighting Blindness Board Member who has three generations of family members affected by vision-robbing diseases, and Ehren Stenzler, Joint Deputy Head of US Mergers & Acquisitions and Head of Telecom, Media, and Technology Mergers & Acquisitions at UBS.

Attendees included: NBA Commissioner David Stern, former President and CEO of NBC Universal Jeff Zucker and former Governor of New York David Paterson. Also attending were Eric Zinterhofer and wife Aerin Lauder-Zinterhofer,  Foundation Fighting Blindness’ Board of Directors Chairman Gordon Gund, and President Emerita of The Museum of Modern Art
Agnes Gund.

 

The evening  included performances by Tali Spiegel, longtime singer, and Justin Kauflin, celebrated jazz pianist who suffers from an eye disease, as well as comedian Jake Johannsen, currently starring in his own Showtime comedy special. NBC News Correspondent Peter Alexander, whose sister is affected with Usher syndrome, will serve as emcee.

Since its inception in 1971, the Foundation has raised over $400 million. Most recently, the Foundation is funding gene therapy clinical trials treating patients affected with Leber’s congenital amaurosis, a severe form of retinitis pigmentosa that causes blindness or substantial vision loss at birth. Results from the breakthrough study showed that gene therapy has restored significant vision in children and young adults who were previously blind. The advancement paves the way for using gene therapy to treat a wide variety of retinal degenerative diseases, proving that a cure is just around the corner.

www.FightBlindness.org

 
Joyce Brooks

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