On Wednesday, November 16, 2011, The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s (MSKCC) Associates Committee and Gem Palace hosted the annual Fall Party at the Four Seasons Restaurant in New York. The glamorous evening was co-chaired by Allison Aston, Cynthia Smith, Ferebee Taube, and Eleanor Ylvisaker.
The evening included cocktails, dinner, and dancing for a high-profile crowd from the worlds of fashion, music, arts, philanthropy, and New York society. Over 350 guests were welcomed in the poolroom by Associates Chairman Lisa Errico. During dinner Dr. Richard J. O’Reilly, Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and Director of the Bone Marrow Transplantation Program at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center spoke to the importance of the Pediatric Family Housing Endowment’s work for children cancer patients and their families. Dr. O’Reilly’s speech was followed by Sotheby’s auctioneer Jamie Niven leading a live pledge ask, which broke the record for an amount raised at the Associates Committee Fall Party.
Guests included Angie Harmon, Nina Garcia, Charlotte Ronson, Dr. Annette Rickel, President of The Society of MSKCC, Jana Pasquel de Shapiro, Siddharth Kasliwal, Allison and Jay Aston, Cynthia Smith, Eleanor and Jon Ylvisaker, Lisa and Christopher Errico, Shoshanna and Josh Gruss, Dara and Tim O’Hara, Claudia and Gunnar Overstrom, Muffie Potter Aston, Veronica and Jamie Beard, Hayley Bloomingdale, Tabitha Simmons, Patricia Lansing, Bara and Alex Tisch, Kimberly and Jonathan Schulof, Meredith Melling, Jamie Niven, Blair and Fazle Husain, Lauren Remington Platt, Maggie Betts, Natalie Leeds Leventhal and Laura Vassar.
At the end of the evening the event raised over $490,000 for The Society’s Pediatric Family Housing Endowment, which pays for overnight stays when children and their families come from out of town for treatment at MKSCC’s renowned Department of Pediatrics and are unable to afford this expense themselves. The Associates Committee has pledged to raise $2 million over five years for the Pediatric Family Housing Program.