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60th Annual Spirit of Achievement Luncheon

Dr. Judy Aschner, Alexandra Wilkis-Wilson, Julie Macklowe, Christine Baranski©Patrick McMullan/Photo - Owen Hoffmann/
Dr. Judy Aschner, Alexandra Wilkis-Wilson, Julie Macklowe, Christine Baranski
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The Womenís Division of Albert Einstein College of Medicine hosted its 60th Annual Spirit of Achievement Luncheon in the Grand Ballroom of The Plaza Hotel on Tuesday, May 13, 2014.  This yearís honorees included Tony and Emmy award-winning actress Christine Baranski, Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, co-founder of Gilt, the popular online shopping destination, Julie Macklowe, founder of vbeautť, the upscale skin care line, and distinguished Einstein faculty member Judy Aschner, M.D., a leading expert in pediatric medicine.  The event was co-chaired by Alison Brettschneider, Jackie Harris Hochberg and Andrea Stark and Womenís Division President Carol Roaman. 


NBC Today Show contributor Jill Martin, a past Spirit honoree, served as the afternoonís Mistress of Ceremonies.  The luncheon began with an introduction by Albert Einstein College of Medicine Board of Overseers Chair Ruth L. Gottesman, Ed. D. and a special video tribute in remembrance of former Womenís Division president Rita Rosen, which was introduced by Carol Roaman, the Womenís Divisionís current president.


Guests including Olympic Gold Medalist Sarah Hughes, novelist Barbara Taylor Bradford, journalist Judith Miller, Douglas Ellimanís Jane Pontarelli, The H.O.P.E Foundationís Nicole DiCocco, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Michele Herbert, Janna Bullock, Real Housewives of New York stars Ramona Singer and Aviva Drescher and Real Housewives of NJ star Dina Manzo.  


Since 1953, the Einstein Womenís Division has raised millions of dollars to advance medical research and medical education programs at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  The Spirit of Achievement Awards Luncheon, held annually in New York City, is the Divisionís flagship fundraiser.  Proceeds from the luncheon benefitted the Womenís Divisionís initiative to support vital cancer research by leading scientists at Einsteinís Albert Einstein Cancer Center.


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