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Adults in Toyland Casino Night atmosphere at The Grand Ballroom at The Plaza Hotel.

In addition to the co-chairs in attendance, guests included Randi and Scott Alper, Carol Alt, Heather and Felix Baker, Lissy and Josh Bank, Caroline and Craig Barnett, Camren Bicondova, Ellen Block, Casey Box, Alex Casdin, John Ehrenkranz, Trudy Elbaum Gottesman and Bob Gottesman, Marjorie Harris, Erica and Michael Karsch, Shyamli and  Robert Milam, Gabriela Ravassa, Kimberly Kravis-Schulhof and Jonathan Schulhof, Jonathan Schulman and Lacey Tisch, Jill Sedley, Randi and Boaz Sidikaro, and Carla Solomon and Antonio Magliocco, Jr.

The festive annual event featured casino games, a buffet, cocktails, a DJ, and a silent auction of luxury items guests were invited to bid on, including a VIP set visit to the Golden Globe winning drama “The Affair,” four tickets to a New York Giants Football game including a pre-game tour of the field, a $5,000 custom design experience with London Jewelers to create a one-of-a-kind piece, and a vacation package to Miami to visit Art Basel Miami Beach 2017. Citi served for a fourth year as presenting sponsor of Adults in Toyland.

 Since its inception in 1990, the Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders has established itself as a national leader in outpatient treatment of childhood cancers and blood diseases. The Center is named in memory of Stephen D. Hassenfeld, the former chairman of Hasbro, Inc. and founder of the Hasbro Children’s Foundation. 

About NYU Langone Medical Center

NYU Langone Medical Center, a world-class, patient-centered, integrated academic medical center, is one of the nation’s premier centers for excellence in clinical care, biomedical research, and medical education. Located in the heart of Manhattan, NYU Langone is composed of four hospitals—Tisch Hospital, its flagship acute care facility; Rusk Rehabilitation; the Hospital for Joint Diseases, the Medical Center’s dedicated inpatient orthopaedic hospital; and Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital, a comprehensive pediatric hospital supporting a full array of children’s health services across the Medical Center. Also part of NYU Langone is NYU School of Medicine, which since 1841 has trained thousands of physicians and scientists who have helped to shape the course of medical history, and the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute–designated cancer center. The Medical Center’s tri-fold mission to serve, teach, and discover is achieved 365 days a year through the seamless integration of a culture devoted to excellence in patient care, education, and research. For more information, go to, and interact with us on FacebookTwitterYouTube, Instagram, and Google+.

By Yerelyn Cortez Hidalgo

The annual NYU Langone Medical Center's "Adults in Toyland Casino Night" held at the legendary Plaza Hotel on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 was another successful and fun event raising over $835,000 and approximately 500 people in attendance. The annual fundraiser helps support programs at the Stephen  D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders  and the Department of Pediatrics at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospita at NYU Langone. During the evening MSNBC’s Jacob Soboroff served as the emcee.

 The cocktail hour began where guests mingled and savored upon an array of delicious buffet food including dumplings, carving stations with meats and chicken, pad thai and other options as well as a full-stacked bar with an unlimited option of mixed drinks and wines. The event continued at the Grand Ballroom where guests were able to enjoy and begin their casino night experience with an array of options from Casinos by M&M  including Black Jack, Craps, Roulette, Texas Holdem, Money Wheel, Slot Machines, D-Jays, Photo Booth and Magicians.

The event, hosted by the Committee for the Hassenfeld Center and KiDS of NYU Langone, attracted 500 New York City professionals from finance, fashion, entertainment, and real estate, among other industries, who are committed to improving the lives of children being cared for and their families. At Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital, doctors treat children and adolescents with a wide range of health conditions at a variety of specialized centers, including the Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. Children and families receive expert medical care and comprehensive support during each step of the Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital treatment journey.

A heartwarming and captivating video featuring pediatric patient Leah Carmody was played for guests, highlighting the importance of the unique programs supported by the Adults in Toyland Casino Night.

Click here for the link to the video involving Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital of New York at NYU Langone patient and seven year-old Leah.

Co-chairs for “Adults in Toyland Casino Night” were Adi Beltzman, Susan Block Casdin, Melanie Clark, Michael Corbat, Grace and Jack Dayan, Kate Goodman, Kimberly Goodwin, Morgan Hertzan, Patti Kim, Kelly Kennedy Mack, Robert Perretta, Harlan Fabrikant Saroken, Valerie and Steven Stein and Michael Weaver. This year’s physician chair was William L. Carroll, MD, the Julie and Edward J. Minskoff Professor of Pediatrics, professor of pathology, and director of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital.

Leah Carmody, a seven-year old fighting a cancerous tumor is now cancer free.

Susan Block Casdin and Model Carol Alt supporting the event.

Kelly Mack winning big at Adults in Toyland Casino Night.


RAISES $835,000

Guests fully engaged in the game and having a great time.