For more information about any of the events listed below, please contact Eileen Jackson, Associate Director of Special Events or call (212) 647-9700.
21st Anniversary Benefit Gala
November 10, 2016
The Pierre Hotel
Over $1.2 million was raised for our free cancer support program at our 21st Anniversary Benefit Gala held at the Pierre Hotel on November 10th. More than 400 guests attended the annual event which honored Ivan Cheung, Chairman and CEO of Eisai Inc., Jerome B. Zeldis, MD, PhD, CMO & President of Clinical Operations of Sorrento Therapeutics, Former CMO of Celgene Corporation & CEO of Celgene Global Health, and Robert J. Easton, Immediate Past GCNYC Board Chair and Co-Chairman, BIONEST Partners. Laura Bartlett, Chairman, Board of Directors, GCNYC and Mark J. Alles, CEO, Celgene Corporation, Board of Directors, GCNYC co-chaired the event.
Bill Ritter, Anchor, Eyewitness News, WABC-TV, Correspondent, ABC News 20/20 returned as host, Sebastian Clarke, Appraiser, “Antiques Roadshow” expertly lead the live auction, and member speakers Lilliana Aponte Yap, spoke fondly of her experience at Gilda’s Club, and her 9 year-old daughter Catalina, fearlessly recited a beautiful poem she had written about her father.
Celebrating Women Working & Living with Cancer
May 11, 2016
The Metropolitan Club NYC
More than 200 guests attended our 9th Annual Benefit Luncheon at the Metropolitan Club in New York City and raised over $325,000 for women like Ashley Landay, our Gilda’s Club member speaker who shared her touching and inspiring story about her cancer experience.
Honorees Amy Abernethy, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Officer & Senior VP Oncology, Flatiron Health and Bahija Jallal, PhD, Executive Vice President, AstraZeneca and Head of MedImmune accepted The Gilda Award and The Red Door Award respectively, for making an impact in research and have advocated for cancer awareness, research, and education.
Amy Robach, News Anchor for ABC’s Good Morning America, hosted the event for the third year and emphasized the importance of support when diagnosed with cancer. Jami Rubin, Board of Directors, GCNYC chaired the event.
July 12, 2016
Carolines on Broadway
Gildafest’16: A Night of Comedy and Laughter honored Actress Melissa McCarthy with the Gilda Radner Award for Innovation in Comedy, and featured stand-up performances by Michelle Wolf, Emma Willmann, Matteo Lane, Marina Franklin, Michael Che, Carmen Lynch and Lynne Koplitz.
Hosted by actress Sarah Baker, the evening was full of laughs and special guests including Kristen Wiig, Alan Zweibel, who shared his memories of Gilda Radner, and Gilda’s Club member Jill Fernandez, who humorously shared her cancer experience.
The event was held at Carolines on Broadway and raised more than $145,000 for our comprehensive cancer program.
Gildafest was launched in 2015 to bring comedy back to Gilda’s Club New York City, and as a tribute to the talented comedian and original cast member of Saturday Night Live, Gilda Radner.
The Gildie Awards
April 14, 2016
The 2016 Gildie Awards honored Alex Brody of RED, a SONY Music Entertainment Company with the Heart of Gold Award for his efforts with the Ten Bands One Cause initiative which has raised over $65,000 in two years for Gilda’s Club NYC, and Suleika Jaouad, NY Times Well Columnist & Cancer Survivor received the Red Door Award for Advocacy for her fierce advocacy for those living with cancer and other chronic illnesses through her writing, wellness workshops and public speaking. Entertainment for the evening was provided by DJ Stev Nava and Temporary Grace.