For more information about any of the events listed below, please contact Eileen Jackson, Associate Director of Special Projects or call (212) 647-9700.

22nd Anniversary Benefit Gala

November 9, 2017
The Pierre Hotel

Over $1.2 million was raised at our 22nd Anniversary Benefit Gala held on November 9, 2017. More than 400 guests from the biopharmaceutical, investment banking, legal and advertising industries, among others attended. Honorary Chairs included, Joanna Bull, Mandy Patinkin, Emma Stone, Karen Wilder and Robin & Alan Zweibel.  Gala Co-Chairs were Laura Bartlett, Chairman, Board of Directors, GCNYC and Mark J. Alles, CEO, Celgene Corporation.

This year’s distinguished honorees were presented awards based on their impact on the cancer community: Robert J. Hariri, MD, PhD, Founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Celularity, Inc., Corporate Vision Award; Troy Cox, Chief Executive Officer, Foundation Medicine, Inc., Advances in Cancer Research Award; and NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County, Gilda’s Club Community Partner Award.

Gilda’s Club member Ashley Landay spoke passionately about her cancer experience and the support she has received at GCNYC.

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Celebrating Women Working & Living with Cancer

May 10, 2017
The Metropolitan Club NYC

Over $313,000 was raised on May 10, 2017 as we celebrated women with more than 200 guests at the Metropolitan Club during our 10th Anniversary Benefit Luncheon, Celebrating Women Working and Living with Cancer. Jami Rubin, Board of Directors, GCNYC, chaired the event once again.

We are proud to have honored Dr. Vicki Goodman, VP & Developmental Lead for Opdivo/Yervoy, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Beth Meagher, Principal & Leader, Federal Strategy, Translational Medicine and Health Non-Profit Practices, Deloitte Consulting LLP, for their outstanding work in the cancer community.

We welcomed Keynote Speaker Gerri Willis, Fox Business Network Anchor and Personal Finance Reporter, and cancer survivor, who inspired the room with her speech, and Host Denise Albert, Co-Founder and Mamarazzi, Award-Winning Journalist & Television Producer, who shared her own cancer story.

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Beth Meagher, Dr.Vicki Goodman, Lily Safani, Denise Albert, Gerri Willis photo by Rob Rich/ ©2017 516-676-3939

The 6th Annual Gildie Awards

March 30, 2017
Webster Hall

The Gilda’s Club NYC Associate Board hosted another incredible night with The 6th Annual Gildie Awards which raised over $37,000. The event honored Mailet Lopez, CEO and Founder of, Co-Founder and Managing Director at Squeaky with The Red Door Award for Advocacy, and Sharon Jones, the iconic lead singer of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings with the Heart of Gold AwardSadly, we lost Miss Jones to pancreatic cancer in November 2016. Accepting the award on her behalf was Binky Griptite, Guitar player and MC for Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings.

The event was hosted by Cristina Cote, Performer, Writer & Producer, and featured music by Temporary Grace and DJ Vida. Gilda’s Club member Ashley Landay, shared her inspiring story.

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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.

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Honorees Dr.Jerry Zeldis, Ivan Cheung, Robert Easton photo by Rob Rich/ © 2016 516-676-3939

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.

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Bahija Jalla, Amy Robach, Amy P. Abernethy photo by Rob Rich/ © 2016 516-676-3939


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.

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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.

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)

The Gildie Awards

April 14, 2016
Webster Hall

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.

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