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Black Tie International: Gilda's Club New York City

Gilda's Club New York City


Celebrating Importance of Family at Gilda’s Club NYC 2009 Gala
November 19, 2009


New York, NY—New York City’s
finest will be dressed in their black tie best on Thursday,
 November 19, 2009 to attend Gilda’s Club New York
 City’s 15th Annual Benefit Gala.  This exciting affair
will be held at the renowned Pierre Hotel just steps
 away from Central Park.  The evening will begin with
the always anticipated cocktail hour and silent auction,
followed by a formal dinner reception, award ceremony
and live auction.  Donations made will enable Gilda's
Club to raise awareness and help fulfill their mission
 to provide social and emotional support for everyone
living with cancer in New York City, including their
 families and friends – FREE of charge.


Gilda’s Club is proud to honor two visionaries at this
year’s event, whose work has helped individuals
diagnosed with cancer, Richard T. Clark, Chairman,
President and CEO of Merck & Co., Inc., and         
Dr. David A. Scheinberg, Chairman Molecular
Pharmacology & Chemistry Program, Sloan-Kettering Institute. 
 In addition, a special presentation of “The Bill Modell Heart
 of Gold Award” will be made to the Concerned Women
of the Grove for their outstanding volunteer efforts
within their community.


The efforts of these individuals have helped shape the
course of medicine for thousands of patients living with
cancer and their families.


The remarkable contribution of these honorees has
been made possible, most of all, by the constant
 investment in innovation by industry, government and
advocates alike. This continued investment must be
matched by an investment in the caregiving that
provides the support structure for these patients
through organizations like Gilda’s Club and the
Celebrating Our Family Benefit Gala. In the end,
 such support is changing the course of cancer and
transforming many of these diseases to chronic,
manageable conditions.


This year Gilda’s Club is proud to have ABC’s
Diana Williams host the event for her fifth year in a row.
“We are honored once again to have Diana as part
of this important initiative, and to help us tell our story,”
said Lily Safani, CEO of Gilda's Club NYC. Given
the recent economic downturn, it is more important
 than ever to continue giving to organizations such as
 Gilda's Club.  As a non-profit, Gilda’s Club relies
entirely on the generosity and support of their
community and cannot accomplish the tasks that lay
 before them without your help.


A major part of the evening will be devoted to exciting
 silent and live auction offerings, highlights include:
dinner with Miss USA and Miss Universe, tickets to
Saturday Night Live dress rehearsal, a week in
Paris for two, tickets to Z100 Jingle Ball,
two-night stay at L’Auberge Del Mar, CA …


Background on Gilda’s Club:

Beloved comedian Gilda Radner rose to superstardom
 on NBC’s Saturday Night Live.  While living with cancer,
she discovered that emotional and social support is an
 essential complement to medical treatment.  Radner’s
dream of a place where people touched by cancer
could come together and build a community of support
became a reality in 1995 when Gilda's Club opened
 its signature red door.


Founded by Gene Wilder, Mandy Patinkin, Joel Siegel,
Joanna Bull, and other friends of Gilda Radner,
Gilda's Club NYCis a place where people touched
 by any type of cancer can come together to build
emotional and social support. 
GCNYC has since grown to a community of over
5,500 members.


Gilda's Club NYC Mission:

Gilda’s Club New York City creates welcoming communities
of free support for everyone living with cancer –
men, women, teens and children – along with their
families and friends. Our innovative program is
an essential complement to medical care, providing
 networking and support groups, workshops, lectures
and social activities,
all free of charge.

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