Love, Gilda the story of Gilda Radner premieres Tues., Jan. 1st on CNN 9PM ET

Gilda Radner’s story is told in a powerful documentary about her life, Love, Gilda produced by Lisa D’Apolito who was inspired to create this documentary after her experience with our members and staff at the Clubhouse. [ … ]

Music partnership with John Lennon Real Love Project teaches members songwriting and guitar lessons

Through our exciting music partnership with Theatre Within we bring the John Lennon Real Love Project to our members at our Clubhouse. This workshop series is offered throughout the year to adults, teens and children impacted by cancer. [ … ]

Annual Winter Wonderland Celebration filled with food, music, entertainment and community

Our Annual Winter Wonderland Celebration sponsored by Eisai hosted 140 members and guests with food, music, entertainment on Friday, December 7th. { … }

Gilda’s Club NYC to Host a Biden Cancer Community Summit

On Friday, September 21st, Gilda’s Club NYC is joining the efforts of Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden in hosting a Biden Cancer Community Summit and bringing the cancer narrative to the New York City community.

Ten Bands One Cause Announces 2018 Participating Artists

This year’s Ten Bands One Cause limited pink vinyls will be from Silversun Pickups, Modest Mouse, Local Natives, Black Moth Super Rainbow, EL-P, Tyler Childers, Soccer Mommy, Daryl Hall & John Oates, The All-American Rejects and The Rocky Horror Picture Show Soundtrack.

Getting to Know: Esther Santiago

If you ever come to the Clubhouse during the day, chances are you’ll have met Esther. It is almost inhumanly possible not to smile whenever you see her. Esther has been with Gilda’s Club for eight years and is always happy to help any way she can.

Summer in Noogieland

Noogieland had a summer make-over by volunteers from Flatiron Health and Club Sparkle took the Clubhouse by storm.

#HopeCrane & The Wings of Hope

As part of the Cancer Support Community’s #HopeCrane project, members in our Origami workshop made paper cranes which have been a longstanding symbol of hope and wellness during difficult times. This particular workshop has been an integral part of many Gilda’s Club members’ recovery due to the support it provides. [ … ]

GCNYC to Pilot Individual Counseling

Gilda’s Club has historically focused on group or communal activities for members under the belief that no one should face cancer alone. Offerings such as support groups and workshops are meant to provide a community of understanding so that members can learn to live with cancer alongside others going through similar experiences. [ … ]

Social Events Recap

This spring and summer, members enjoyed a beach themed birthday party, a fun filled movie screening with our Teen Program and a pampering spa night at Aveda. [ … ]

The FUN in Fundraising

We held two major events this past quarter, Celebrating Women Benefit Luncheon on May 9th at The Metropolitan Club and The Gildie Awards on June 6th at City Winery. [ … ]

In the Spotlight: Workshop: Improving Your Mood Through Hypnosis

Stress is difficult to avoid these days. With the pressures of work and family, or even just walking down a busy street in New York City, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Add the impact of an illness such as cancer, the effects of stress can be the difference between a “good” and a “bad” day. [ … ]

Educational Lectures Soon to be More Accessible

Educational lectures are an important component to our program providing information ranging from nutrition, to social security benefits, to cancer specific topics, amongst many others. While some topics adhere more to cancer patients, some are very resourceful to caregivers as well. All lectures are free and open to members and non-members, and take place here at the Clubhouse. [ … ]

What is Open to Options?

O2O helps cancer patients prepare for their next oncologist’s appointment where important decisions will be made about their treatment. In a one-on-one meeting with a trained counselor, they work together to develop a list of questions for their oncologist to help guide the discussion and list concerns for an upcoming treatment decision. [ … ]

Aveda SoHo Presents an Evening of Pampering

The Scott J. Aveda Salon in SoHo generously held a wonderful evening of relaxation for a small group of Gilda’s Club members at their West Broadway storefront on February 26, 2018. [ … ]

An Evening of Creative Expression

An Evening of Creative Expression is a special event for the members, by the members. It is an event where Creative Expression workshop participants are invited to share their favorite works of self expression, such as paintings, drawings, origami, crochet, essays and songs. [ … ]

Love, Gilda Premieres at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival

For anyone who has seen our PSA videos, available on our website and YouTube channel, you will have seen Lisa D’Apolito’s work. Gilda’s Club NYC has been a pro bono client of Lisa’s since 2010 and it is through her work with our members that inspired her to learn more about Gilda Radner and subsequently produce the documentary film, Love, Gilda. [ …]

Getting to Know: Savannah

Savannah is the newest member of the development team at Gilda’s Club and our go-to person for volunteers. Get to know a little more about Savannah! [ … ]

Intern Reflection by: Maria Orband

My experience as a Development Intern at Gilda’s Club NYC has been deeply rewarding. Every staff member has been so kind, welcoming, and supportive. I have learned so much from them in all aspects of development and how to work together as a team to run a successful non-profit. [ … ]

J Public Relations Decorates Noogieland for Spring

Flowers, bugs, and butterflies now adorn the ceiling and the walls of Noogieland thanks to the creative decorating skills by Associate Board member, Chelsey Lutz Kirby and her colleagues from J Public Relations. [ … ]

Why I Volunteer: by Pete Defilippis

I initially began volunteering at Gilda’s Club in 1995, when they first opened their signature Red Door in New York. As my father had succumbed to lung cancer in 1991, my objective at that time was to honor his memory. [ … ]

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner in Paris

On April 19th, we welcomed our volunteers to the Clubhouse for an evening of food, drinks and good company to celebrate and thank them for their generous commitment to the Gilda’s Club mission.

Red Door Society Reception

On February 22nd, Gilda’s Club will be hosting its annual reception for major donors with a presentation by CEO, Lily Safani. Donors who qualified for the 2017 Red Door Society have given a minimum of $2,500 in program funding to Gilda’s Club in the last calendar year and will receive a plaque on our Donor Wall. [ … ]

Clubhouse Member Events

Two of our most popular social events, Noogiefest & Winter Wonderland, closed out 2017 with our community coming together for food, fun, laughs and each other’s company.

A Day at Kings County

I had never been to our Gilda Comes To You NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County (KC) partner site before. As a staff member, I knew the boilerplate for the program – support groups, healthy lifestyle workshops & educational lectures for any cancer patient receiving treatment at the hospital as well as Gilda’s Club NYC (GCNYC) members. What I didn’t know was that a strong community had developed among program participants. [ … ]

A Message from the CEO: Lily Safani

The beginning of a New Year often makes you reflect on past years. I have been very lucky. My years at Gilda’s Club have been so rewarding, and in some ways, unexpectedly so. When people ask me what makes Gilda’s Club so special, I never hesitate – it is our community. [ … ]

In the Spotlight: Monthly Groups

Monthly support groups are specialized groups that give members the opportunity to connect with one another about similar cancer-related issues or experiences. They are a great way for members to discuss their cancer experience with a specified focus. [ … ]

Getting to Know: Migdalia Torres

Migdalia has been with Gilda’s Club for 15 years and knows our program like the back of her hand. Get to know a little more about Migdalia. [ … ]

Let’s Make Generosity a Thing on #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday inspires people to take collective action to improve their communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they believe in, and help create a better world. Learn how you can join.

An Open Letter from Ashley

“My mother, Anita, fought cancer most of my life. It wasn’t just one type of cancer, it was several – breast, bone, brain and lung cancer. Treatments included chemotherapy, radiation, a double mastectomy, and a bone marrow transplant.” Read the rest of Ashley’s story …

Concerned Women of the Grove – The Next Generation

The Concerned Women of the Grove (CWOG) are a dedicated group of women from the Fire Island community of Cherry Grove, who raise awareness and funds on behalf of causes related to breast cancer and research. Gilda’s Club is honored to be one of the recipients of their efforts since 1999, with more than $364,000 […]

In the Spotlight: Corporate Funder – RBC Capital Markets

Thanks to funding from RBC Capital Markets, we successfully completed our Kids’ Bereavement support group program in June. Kids’ Bereavement is a 10-week program that provides support to children who are grieving the death of a loved one to cancer. We had 13 children between the ages of 5-12 participate. This program utilized bibliotherapy, psychoeducation, […]

Getting to Know: Jessilyn

Most people who come through our doors will be greeted by Jessilyn, our evening Receptionist who ensures that the Clubhouse runs smoothly during our busiest hours. Get to know a little more about Jessilyn: 1. What area of NYC do you live in? Upper West Side 2. Name three of your favorite hobbies or interests. Reading, […]

Gnosis, Online Membership Registration is Coming in November

We are excited to announce that members will soon have a more convenient way to sign up for workshops and check in to the Clubhouse. Starting in November members will be able to register on line with the launch of Gnosis, which will ease the membership process and help to make it paperless for both […]

Renovation Update

During August and September, Gilda’s Club has been undergoing a transformation of our 2nd floor, which houses four group rooms, Gilda’s Study Corner, a small pantry, and the library. New wood floors, fresh paint, and a kitchen update were completed and now we await the delivery of our new furniture! We are extremely grateful to […]

Janey Street Release Party

On June 28, 2017, New York native Janey Street held a special performance at the Cutting Room celebrating her brand new album, In My Own Skin, released on June 23rd. Gilda’s Club is grateful to have been a beneficiary of this event which also included special guests Cindy Alexander, Chelsea Williams and other surprise guests. […]

Ten Bands One Cause

Ten Bands One Cause returns for its 4th year in a row where ten bands re-issue their albums on limited edition pink vinyl, all for one cause. This year’s limited pink vinyl are from Metallica, Portugal. The Man, Lord Huron, Dustin Kensrue, Gary Clark Jr., Lucinda Williams, Mastodon, Four Year Strong, Blue October and GWAR. […]

Music 4 the Cure: In Honor of Prostate Cancer Awareness

Music 4 The Cure is a charitable initiative to release select albums on blue colored vinyl to generate donations and awareness for GCNYC and prostate cancer. So far, $8,450 has been raised through the sale of limited blue vinyl releases by The Black Crowes, Ringo Starr, Meat Loaf, and Slightly Stoopid, in honor of Prostate […]

Renovations Planned for the Second Floor

For 22 years, our little brownstone in the West Village of Manhattan has been a community of support for thousands of individuals and families who have been impacted by cancer.

Empowerment through Creative Expression

In April, we hosted An Evening of Creative Expression to showcase the creativity and talents of our members. This special reception invited members to exhibit the work that they developed in Gilda’s Club workshops. The evening featured painted works, poetry and essays, origami, and original songs developed in the John Lennon Real Love Project collaboration […]

In the Spotlight: Lilliana Aponte Yap

I met my husband 23 years ago, and when I saw him my first thought was, “if he only looked at me, I would be the happiest girl,” – and he did! And I was the happiest girl … We supported each other through grad school, moved to different states, and he encouraged me to […]

Gilda’s Club NYC Turns 22

The Gilda’s Club NYC community came together to celebrate 22 years of free cancer support at our Clubhouse on June 23rd. Members and guests enjoyed a beautiful and delicious cake provided by Magnolia Bakery, light refreshments, a lively game of pin the bow on Gilda and each other’s company. Thank you to the members, staff, […]

Getting to Know: Eileen Jackson

Eileen is our Associate Director of Special Projects and a familiar face at Gilda’s Club NYC – she’s been with the organization for 18 years! Get to know a little more about Eileen: 1. What area of NYC do you live in? Queens 2. What is your favorite NY sports team? NY Mets 3. Name […]

Biden Cancer Initiative Takes on Cancer

On June 26, 2017, Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden launched the Biden Cancer Initiative, their new venture to continue the fight to make progress in cancer prevention, detection, treatment, and care. This initiative will “develop and drive implementation of solutions to accelerate progress in cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis, research and care, and […]

Updates from our Associate Board!

The Associate Board (AB) has reached its full capacity of 35 members! Individuals interested in being on a wait list or simply interested in participating in any of the AB activities can join the Friends of the AB – or F.A.B. Announcing our new AB Executive Committee for the 2018 Fiscal Year! Neil Heckman, Chair […]

Every Dollar Matched in June, up to $50,000!

 [button class=”” link=”https://app.mobilecause.com/f/1dfu/n” bgcolor=”” textcolor=”” bordercolor=”” target=”_self”]DONATE[/button] [blockquote_box] Rosie takes the subway for a 45-minute ride to visit Gilda’s Club every week for two hours to attend her weekly support group. Occasionally, she will visit more often, to hear an informative lecture – perhaps on the topic of pain management – or attend one of the monthly […]

Over $313,000 Raised at our Benefit Luncheon!

Thank you to everyone who helped to make our 10th Anniversary Benefit Luncheon, Celebrating Women, such a success with more than $313,000 raised for our comprehensive cancer program which provides free support to women like Nancy Ireland, our Gilda’s Club member speaker who shared her touching story about her cancer experience. Thank you and congratulations […]

Gerri Willis, Fox Business News Anchor and Personal Finance Reporter, To Give Keynote Speech at the 10th Annual Benefit Luncheon Celebrating Women

The Celebrating Women luncheon is hosting its 10th Anniversary benefit luncheon at the beautiful Metropolitan Club on Wednesday, May 10. This established event brings together more than 250 professional women and men with sponsors from the bio-pharmaceutical, investment banking, legal, advertising and cosmetic industries. We are proud to welcome Fox Business Network (FBN) and cancer […]

Changing Images Brightens up the Clubhouse

The second floor of our Clubhouse is busy. Each day, 100 or more members attend support groups in one of four designated rooms, and children and teens utilize the pantry area, known as Gilda’s Study Corner, to do their homework with a trained volunteer. It had become a very tired and well-worn space.

Red Door Society Reception Held on February 7th

This annual reception is held each year to honor our most outstanding donors from the previous year. Gifts of $2,500 or more are considered for the Red Door Society. We are thrilled to announce that 70 donors qualified for the 2016 year, and 34 new plaques with the donor’s inscriptions have been placed on the […]

In the Spotlight: The John Lennon® Real Love Project

We are excited to welcome back to Gilda’s Club, The John Lennon® Real Love Project workshop, a program of Theatre Within. The John Lennon® Real Love Project is a songwriting and music workshop that teaches basic guitar and song writing techniques using John Lennon’s music and message as an inspiration. It is a program of […]

Actress Emma Stone Screens “La La Land” for Teens and their Families

Emma Stone, in collaboration with Lionsgate Films, hosted a special preview screening in November of her Oscar winning movie, La La Land, in which she plays Mia, an aspiring actress living in Los Angeles who falls in love with an aspiring jazz musician. The screening was held for teens from our program and their families. Emma, […]

Congratulations Emma Stone, GCNYC Ambassador, on your Golden Globe Win!

Congratulations to Gilda’s Club NYC Ambassador, Emma Stone on her Golden Globe win for Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy for La La Land. Emma has been an ambassador for Gilda’s Club NYC since 2012 and has especially become a very good friend to our Noogieland and Teen program […]

Why Ashley Comes to Gilda’s Club

A little over a year ago, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer. My diagnosis went from zero to worst case scenario in the span of two weeks. After multiple scans, tests, and biopsies, results showed that my cancer had already spread to my lymph nodes, spine and femur. [quote_right]Everything Gilda’s offers is free […]

Remembering Gene Wilder

On Friday, September 30th, a private celebration and tribute was held at our Clubhouse for actor, comedian, and co-founder of Gilda’s Club, Gene Wilder. It is with deep sorrow that we mourn Gene Wilder’s death – he will remain forever in our hearts at Gilda’s Club. We are grateful to him, both as the founder […]

You can help win $1,000,000 for Gilda’s Club!

Between September 14th and October 26th, we will need YOUR help to win $1M in the Revlon Love is On Million Dollar Challenge. YOU can help us in two easy steps: Step 1: Create a Crowdrise fundraising page under Gilda’s Club NYC on September 14th through the Revlon Love is On page. Step 2: Reach […]

Gilda’s Club NYC Featured on Univision

Univision visited Gilda’s Club NYC on June 14, 2016 to find out more about our work within the Latino community. Migdalia Torres, Executive Director of Program & Off-Site Expansion, was interviewed by Univision News. This media coverage had a significant reach among Latinos impacted by cancer, as the volume of inquiry calls following the airing […]

Gildafest’16 honors Melissa McCarthy with The Gilda Radner Award for Innovation in Comedy

alt=”NEW YORK, NY – JULY 12: Actresses and comedians Kristen Wiig (L) and Melissa McCarthy attend Gildafest ’16 at Carolines On Broadway on July 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jennifer Graylock/Getty Images for Gilda’s Club NYC)” width=”300″ height=”200″ /> NEW YORK, NY – JULY 12: Actresses and comedians Kristen Wiig (L) and […]

Camp Sparkle Thrives with Full Day Camp

Fourteen children participated in July’s exciting week of full day Camp Sparkle programming, which took place from 9AM-4PM each day. Parents/guardians of our campers reported that the full day was incredibly beneficial for two major reasons: it provided additional fun for the children, and it helped to facilitate the busy schedules of the adults. Campers […]

Gilda Comes to You: Hispanics/Latinos

Through our Gilda Comes to You (GCTY) program, we have partnered with major medical cancer centers in NYC in order to reach and provide cancer support to underserved and uninsured populations, including Latinos. One study found that Hispanics/Latinos were more likely to report poor mental, physical, and social quality of life when compared with Caucasians […]

Be Prepared with OPEN TO OPTIONS™ – New Program Initiative

Open to Options™ (O2O) is an evidence-based approach to treatment decision support. The Cancer Support Community (CSC), in collaboration with the Education Network to Advance Cancer Clinical Trials (ENACCT), developed and evaluated the Open to Options™ program to help patients communicate more effectively with their health care team in order to arrive at the treatment […]

Announcing this year’s participating Ten Bands One Cause Artists

Music distribution companies RED and WEA are spearheading the third annual Ten Bands One Cause charity initiative. This year’s limited pink vinyl are from: Anthrax, The Black Keys, Courtney Barnett, Ed Sheeran, Jim Breuer & The Loud & Rowdy, My Chemical Romance, NOFX, Opeth, Pixies and Red Hot Chili Peppers. The releases will be available […]

The Empire State Building shines bright in red and white for cancer patients

On July 12, 2016, The Empire State Building (ESB) lit up in red and white in honor of Gilda’s Club New York City and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Twelve children and teens from our Noogieland and Teen programs were invited to join Gildafest’16 honoree, Melissa McCarthy, and the rest of the new Ghostbusters cast for the […]

Welcoming Laura Bartlett as the New GCNYC Board Chair

Laura joined our board of directors in 2013 while she was the CFO of the American Association of Advertising Agencies (The 4A’s). “Laura has been an invaluable addition to our Board and we are thrilled to have her step into this leadership position,” states Lily Safani, CEO. Laura’s formal career ended in 2015 after 43 […]

20th Anniversary Gala

We’re very excited to announce that thanks to more than 550 guests and supporters, we raised more than $1.7 million for our free cancer support program at our 20th Anniversary Benefit Gala at the Pierre Hotel on November 12, 2015. We were glad to welcome back WABC TV news anchor and ABC News 20/20 correspondent, […]

#GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is coming on Tuesday, December 1st! Be sure to join the global #unselfie movement and give of yourself by supporting Gilda’s Club NYC and its members with a 100% tax-deductible year-end gift. What is #GivingTuesday?  It is a global day of giving fueled by the generosity of those who “never think twice about giving […]

We’re Painting the Town RED!

Click for Ticket, Journal Ad & Sponsorship Information & Purchase Gilda’s Club NYC is celebrating a milestone – 20 years of free cancer support! We opened our signature Red Door on June 9, 1995 and have never wavered from our mission to provide free support and education to cancer patients and their families. As we move forward, […]

Big Laughs at the First Annual Gildafest’15

The sold-out and tightly packed show at Carolines on Broadway was a huge hit with performances from some of the best comedians around, and raised more than $80,000 for Gilda’s Club. Actress Andrea Martin presented Amy Poehler with the Gilda Radner Award for Innovation in Comedy, which she accepted with great wit and hilarity, yet […]

Gilda’s Club: Celebrating 20 Years. A Conversation with CEO, Lily Safani

How long have you been with Gilda’s Club (GC) and why did you choose to work there? I have been with Gilda’s Club for eight years. Prior to joining Gilda’s Club, I spent several years in healthcare and became particularly interested in the disparities in healthcare for the underserved and uninsured populations of NYC. When […]

The Gilda’s Club Community Celebrates 20 Years with a Birthday Party!

Members, staff, board members and family and friends came together on June 19th at the Clubhouse to celebrate Gilda’s Club NYC’s 20th Birthday with a fun Roaring 20’s themed party, which was decorated by a wonderful team of volunteers from ID Media. Mayo (pictured above) spoke about his experience at Gilda’s Club, sharing that he […]

And the Winners are …

[row] [col type=”4″] First Place: “Sweet Caroline” by Caroline Schneider [/col] [col type=”4″] Second Place: “A Touch of Cancer” by Ericson Hernandez [/col] [col type=”4″] Third Place: “Red Lipstick” by Aliyha Gill [/col] [/row]   This quarter wrapped up our 6th Annual “It’s Always Something” Teen Essay Contest. Fifty-four total essays were submitted from teens […]

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