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NYU Langone Medical Center's 2015 Violet Ball
Ken Langone, Nicki Harris and J. Ira Harris.  Photo by:  Joyce brooks/Blacktiemagazine.com
Ken Langone, Nicki Harris and J. Ira Harris
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OVER $7 MILLION RAISED AT  

NYU LANGONE MEDICAL CENTER’S 2015 VIOLET BALL  

 

More than 800 Guests Attend Event to Honor J. Ira and Nicki Harris 

 
 J. Ira Harris, Robert Grossman, Nicki Harris, Martin Lipton and Ken Langone pose with Harris's Recognition Award at the NYU Langone Medical Center's 2015 Violet Ball on May 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for NYU Langone Medical Center
 J. Ira Harris, Robert Grossman, Nicki Harris, Martin Lipton and Ken Langone pose with Harris's Recognition Award at the NYU Langone Medical Center's 2015 Violet Ball on May 7, 2015 in New York City. Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for NYU Langone Medical Center

 

New York, May 08, 2015 NYU Langone Medical Center raised more than $7 million last night at its annual Violet Ball held at Cipriani on 42nd Street in New York City. This year, J. Ira Harris, chair of the financial consulting firm J.I. Harris & Associates and his wife Nicki Harris, were honored for their years of dedication to the Medical Center. The evening’s proceeds will create full medical school scholarships in the Harrises’ name, as part of an ongoing effort to train the most gifted future physicians and scientists, regardless of means.

For nearly two decades, the Harrises have provided leadership and support across many areas at the Medical Center, including the Department of Surgery. Their longstanding and most recent gift to endow the J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professorship in Surgery and Bariatric Medicine have helped transform NYU Langone into an international leader of bariatric medicine. The Harris family began funding NYU Langone’s efforts in obesity prevention and treatment before obesity was widely recognized as a disease, and last night announced an additional gift to support the institution’s renewed efforts to respond to this national epidemic with a comprehensive initiative in research and care.

Experts and faculty discussed the remarkable rise of NYU Langone’s trajectory, which culminated in a video, entitled “Make it Happen,” describing the Medical Center’s rich history, great accomplishments, and highlighted what can still be achieved.

Addressing an audience of over 800 guests, Robert I. Grossman, MD, the Saul J. Farber Dean and CEO of NYU Langone Medical Center said, “Tonight is a celebration of how far we’ve come, but it’s even more about what we can achieve as a community in the coming years.” He continued, “The feats that once seemed impossible are now
 within reach.”

Guests in attendance at this year’s Violet Ball included: Catherine Adler, Judy and Ron Baron, Ambassador Stuart Bernstein, Susie Block Casdin, Diana and Joseph DiMenna, Larry Fink, Roy Furman, Trudy Elbaum Gottesman and Robert Gottesman, Julia Koch, Dorothy and Sidney Kohl, Elaine and Kenneth G. Langone, Bill and Phyllis Mack, Kelly Kennedy Mack and Stephen Mack, Roberto Mignone, Ellen Schapps and Richard Richman, Pat and John Rosenwald, Randi and Boaz Sidikaro, Larry and Klara Silverstein, Carol and Dan Strone, Alice Tisch, Dan Tisch, Meghan Mackay
and Allen Thorpe.

Leadership supporters of this year’s Violet Ball included the Harrises, the Tisch family, and NYU Langone Trustees Lori Fink (also chair, Perlmutter Cancer Center Advisory Board) and Laurence D. Fink (chairman and CEO, BlackRock, Inc.), Elaine and Ken Langone, and Martin and Susan Lipton.
Mr. Langone, chair of the Board of Trustees at NYU Langone, served as Gala Chair, and Dr. Grossman was the Physician Committee Chair.  
Joyce Brooks
Joyce Brooks
Until Next Year....
 
About NYU Langone Medical Center

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 www.NYULangone.org, and interact with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Google+.

 

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