COVID-19 Update from Gilda’s Club Leadership

Friday, March 13, 2020

Dear Gilda’s Club Community,

Gilda’s Club NYC is closely monitoring the latest reports from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and NYC Department of Health about the Coronavirus (COVID 19) and has taken a number of precautionary measures for the health and safety of our members especially those who have compromised immune systems. In response to the recommendations made by these two organizations for individuals, we are modifying the delivery of our support program at the Clubhouse starting on Friday, March 13th.

Although in-person support is what makes our support program so special and impactful, we have decided to temporarily suspend in-person programming at the Clubhouse.

Beginning Monday, March 16th, our adult and teen weekly and monthly support groups will be facilitated via teleconference.  If you participate in a weekly group, we will send you contact information for teleconferencing which will occur on the regularly scheduled day and time for your group. For monthly groups, we will continue to have open registration through our online member portal and provide you with teleconferencing information.  Guidelines for teleconferencing participation will also be provided to all group members.

Effective Wednesday, March 18th our Noogieland program will be suspended until we resume on-site facilitation again. 

Although we’re suspending our healthy lifestyle workshops and educational lectures during this period, we are going to assess the possibility of offering a few select activities digitally.  We will keep you posted as we make progress on this effort.

We understand that the modification and suspension of our programming may present a range of challenges for you and we are here to assist you through this period.

The Staff at Gilda’s Club NYC will be available to provide you with any additional resources and emotional support you may need during this time, so please call us at 212-647-9700, we’re here to help.  Please check our website for updates and for more information on COVID-19 and ways to protect yourself and your family, please visit the links below.

Warm regards,

Lily Safani

Migdalia Torres
ED, Program & Offsite Expansion

Winter Wonderland Celebration Kicks Off The Holiday Season Again!

Our Annual Winter Wonderland party was held on Friday, December 6th. Every year, we host this special event to celebrate the holidays with our members. Over 150 of our members – children, teens and adults – attended the event which was full of holiday crafts, dinner and entertainment.

The Clubhouse was transformed into a beautiful and festive Winter Wonderland thanks to our sponsor, Eisai. In addition to helping us create a magical wintertime space, Eisai  provided staff to volunteer during the party – we could not have had such a successful event without them!

Every year, we ask our “Noogies” for a wish list of desired gifts and thanks to staff, volunteers and sponsors we are able to grant these wishes at Winter Wonderland! The smiles on each child’s face when presented with their personalized gift, which were beautifully wrapped by members of our amazing Junior Associate Board, is priceless.

A full buffet dinner was served and plenty of activities took place throughout the evening including arts projects and gingerbread cookie decorating for the younger members. We are so grateful to The Workshop A Capella for their fabulous musical performance of holiday classics to get the crowd into the holiday spirit. We would also like to thank Magnolia Bakery for their gift of delicious blue and white cupcakes and Starbright Floral Design for their beautiful flower arrangements.

From our family to yours, Happy Holidays!

Check out photos from the event on our Facebook page!