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 Dr. Cam Patterson, Leslie Finerman, Kathy Burns, Claire Capello, Amy Dieterich, Jeanine Salvatore, Kate Tylis, Nancy Park Turner, Jackie Keber, Dr. Gerald Loughlin Photo by:  4 Eyes Photography/Kellie Walsh
 Dr. Cam Patterson, Leslie Finerman, Kathy Burns, Claire Capello, Amy Dieterich, Jeanine Salvatore, Kate Tylis, Nancy Park Turner, Jackie Keber, Dr. Gerald Loughlin
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New York (October 18, 2016) – More than 800 kids with their families joined hospital leadership and dressed as ghosts, police officers, superheroes and more at the 27th annual Light Up A Life Halloween carnival, benefitting the Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children’s Health at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center on Saturday, October 15, at the Field House at Chelsea Piers. The event, sponsored exclusively by luxury retailer Saks Fifth Avenue, raised more than $450,000 to benefit pediatric patient care programs.


The festive atmosphere featured games and activities including soccer drills with members of the New York City Football Club, face painting, balloon art, batting cages, a rock-climbing wall, carnival games and musical entertainment, in addition to health and safety related activities, including interactive tours of an ambulance and bike helmet fittings.


Proceeds from the event will benefit pediatric patient care programs including: Child Life Services, a program that helps alleviate children’s fears surrounding the hospital experience; The Pediatric Emergency Department, which provides emergency care to ill and injured children 24 hours a day, seven days a week; The Family Advisory Council, a group of dedicated family members committed to providing exceptional, family-centered care to all patients; and The Pediatric Fellows program, supporting postdoctoral training in pediatrics.


Guests included Dr. Gerald M. Loughlin, pediatrician-in-chief at the Komansky Center for Children’s Health at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell, Dr. Cam Patterson, senior vice president & chief operating officer at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell, Travis L. Acquavella, Christine Alfaro, Claire Capello, Melanie Charlton Fowler, Natasha de Mallmann, Christina Floyd DiDonna, Tiffany Knipe, M.D., Elizabeth Kojima, Barbara H. Landreth, M.D., Ritu S. Mittal, Emilia Fanjul Pfeifler, Alexandra Robertson, Naomi F. Waletzky and Allison Wise. 


About The Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children’s Health at NewYork-Presbyterian/ Weill Cornell Medical Center

The Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children’s Health at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, which is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine, provides the best available care in every area of pediatrics in a family-friendly and technologically advanced setting. NewYork-Presbyterian is the #1 hospital in the New York metropolitan area and is consistently ranked among the best academic medical institutions in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. For more information, visit



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