By Mitchell Acks
The Blue Horizon Charitable Foundation (BHCF) hosted its third annual fundraiser gala at the majestic Gotham Hall on October 7th, 2014.
There were diverse guests from various industries in their chic Great Gatsby attire to lend their strong support. Some of the distinguished attendees were Chairman, Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon Dr. Brian Mehling, CEO John Ferguson, COO Doreen Santora, President and Co-Founder Eddie Amarante, Dr. Doncheng Wu, a stem cell scientist based in China, Patty Hillkirk, Founder and Executive Director of Camp Dreamcatcher, Italian singer Nadia Lanfranconi and representatives from Sean Kimmerling Testicular Cancer Foundation.
Many enjoyed the beautiful views of this former bank in the upstairs during the cocktail hour with constantly delicious passed hors douevres and full open bar. The beet slider was very original and different. There was a specialty blue drink prepared for this occasion. Also, there was neat private area with a fireplace to relax and network.
The attendees enjoyed the interesting and rare items to bid on such as "Evening with Derek Jeter," "Top Chef in Home Experience," "One Week at the Villa in Cannes," "Sunday's Final Round of the Masters," "Hamptons Hideaway, Southampton, NY, " "Rao's Chef in your Home," "A Week in the City," "Silver Oak Wine Experience," and various sport's memorabilia autographed by legends such as NY Yankees David Wells, Don Larson, David Cone, Mariano Rivera, Tiger Woods, Mickey Mantle, NY Giant Eli Manning and many others. They also enjoyed an elegant dinner in the picturesque setting in the main floor where everyone was connected and part of a circle.
Eileen Craft, an Emmy Award winning TV News Producer for CBS News Affiliate in San Diego and a writer and producer of independent films, was the master of ceremonies.
Patty Hillkirk, founder and executive director of Camp Dreamcatcher, an organization that has been dedicated to providing resources for children affected by HIV/AIDS for the past 17 years, was a passionate guest speaker. The organization has a summer camp for kids of the ages 5-17, Besides the usual activities they provide a camp-wide carnival, cooking, separate camp week programs by age and their annual dance and talent show! She was proud of the strong support by Blue Horizon Charitable Foundation.
Blue Horizon Charitable Foundation(BHCF)
Third Annual Fundraiser at Gotham Hall
The audience enjoyed the fine entertainment by David Raleigh, a gifted singer, songwriter and piano player from New York City. Time Out Magazine touted him as the "Nat King Cole" for a new generation. His remake of the legendary song of What are Friends For provides funds to Ali Forney Center, the nation's largest organization that supplies housing and other resources to LGBT youth.
Sarah Harness, is a gifted violinist since the age of 4 who has played with orchestra, half time at NY Knicks and many famous bands and singers, captivated the audience. Her great sound comes from her trademark hot pink, six-string electric violin. The guests danced to the fine tunes of DJ Marc Vano, who came from Amsterdam.
Also, Anish Shah, a New York-based comedian combines his award-winning act with storytelling, song and crying, supports this and other causes. He has performed for many dignitaries and his long running NY comedy show, International Incident was selected for the New York Comedy Festival.
Blue Horizon Charitable Foundation is a recognized 501 (c) (3) organization, dedicated to increasing the awareness of global inequalities in healthcare, as well as providing charitable medical care and education to adults and children in impoverished areas. The foundation raises capital in order to support medical centers and clinics by providing medicines vital to basic human survival, by performing advanced medical treatments otherwise not accessible to certain geographic regions, and to finance research and development in stem cell therapies and cellular regenerative medicine. BHCF also supports children around the world who have been orphaned as a result of disease and/or war. In order to raise awareness of these situations, The organization produces documentary films that bring much needed attention to the plight of those with limited or no access to healthcare. The provision of these resources to less developed areas enables the medically under served to benefit from high quality care and treatment. For more information please visit www.bluehorizonfoundation.org
Sarah Charness, electric violinist and DJ Marc Vano
Patty Hillkirk, founder and executive director Camp Dreamcatcher
Marina Manvelyan, Ph.D., Doncheng Wu, Ph.D., M.D. , Hezipine Ohanian, Ph.D., M.D.
Photos courtesy of by Blue Horizon