The FUN in Fundraising
11th Annual Celebrating Women Luncheon
More than 260 guests attended an afternoon luncheon at the Metropolitan Club to Celebrate Women and raised more than $320,000 for Gilda’s Club NYC. Gerri Willis, anchor and correspondent with Fox Business Network, hosted the fundraiser which featured a keynote speech from the director and producer of “Love, Gilda”, Lisa D’Apolito.
Honorees, Michelle Freyre, President of U.S. Beauty, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. and Alise Reicin, MD, Senior Vice President and Head of Global Clinical Development for the biopharmaceutical business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany and received the Red Door Award for Advances in Cancer Research and the Red Door Award for Leadership respectively.
The Gildie Awards
The Associate Board of Gilda’s Club NYC celebrated its 6th annual fundraiser, The Gildie Awards, on June 6th at City Winery, a new venue for the young professionals.
Broadway actress, Ellyn Marsh, was a spectacular host for the nearly 300 guests who enjoyed an evening of gypsy jazz by Alex Simon, delicious hors d’ouevres, open bar, silent auction, and pizza donated by Papa John’s.
Cancer survivor and actress, Krysta Rodriguez, received the Red Door Award for Advocacy for speaking openly about her cancer and writing the blog Chemocouture.
The evening ended with an amazing set by DJ Vida and Stef Nava. We are grateful for the support from the following sponsors: Brookfield, Full Circle, Maureen Martinez, The Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation, TruExperiences, and Katherine Wynkoop, in memory of Susan Walton Wynkoop.