“ADULTS IN TOYLAND CASINO NIGHT” RAISED $860,000

to improve the lives of children being treated at
NYU LANGONE MEDICAL CENTER

Adults in Toyland Casino Night hosted by the Committee for the Hassenfeld Center and KiDS of NYU Langone are committed to improving the lives of children being cared for and their families. At NYU Langone’s 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 NYU Langone treatment journey.


The event began at 7:30PM where guests were able to eat at the various buffet sections, have cocktails and play casino games. At 9PM there were brief remarks made including showing an emotional video featuring pediatric patient Sofia Blankenbuehler highlighting the importance of the unique programs supported by the “Adults in Toyland Casino Night.”
 

It was great to see people from different ages and backgrounds to support such a great cause. The guests where truly enjoying the different buffet stations with delectable selections to pick from. The evening also featured an array of casino games, mixed cocktail and wines, a DJ, and a silent auction of luxury items. Guests were invited to bid by volunteers personally reaching out to individuals to sign-up and bid making it a successful evening raising $860,000 in a matter of a few hours. Guests were able to bid via smartphone, text message and personal shopper.


​Some of the luxury items auctioned included a power lunch with Ken Langone, Saturday Night Live VIP tickets, Andy Cohen VIP tickets, 2 suite tickets to a Billy Joel Concert and dinner, 2 VIP tickets to a live taping of Kelly and Michael, David Bouley lunch tasting for 6 guests, Odd Mom Out set visit, VIP set visit to the Golden Globe winning drama "The Affair", 2 Live Nation Concert tickets, lunch for 4 to the new Fred's downtown location, a VIP tour of Vogue Magazine, dinner at home cooked by the executive chef from Rao’s, and vacation packages to destinations like Costa Rica and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. . 

On the evening of Thursday, February 25th 2016 NYU Langone Medical Center held their annual "Adults in Toyland Casino Night" charity event at The Plaza Hotel and NBC’s Jeff Rossen served as the night’s emcee. The money raised supports programs at the Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and the Department of Pediatrics at NYU Langone’s Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital.


A very well attended event with approximately 600 people coming from the worlds of finance, fashion, entertainment, real estate, among other industries enjoyed the casino theme evening fundraiser.  Co-chairs for “Adults in Toyland Casino Night” were Adi Beltzman, Susie Block Casdin, Michael Corbat, Kate Goodman, Kimberly Goodwin, Morgan Hertzan, Patti Kim, Kelly Kennedy Mack, Robert Perretta, Harlan Fabrikant Saroken, Valerie and Steven Stein, and Mike 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, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at NYU Langone.

In addition to the co-chairs in attendance, guests included: supermodel Carol Alt, Elliot Aronson, Ellen Block, Michael Block, Casey Box, Alex Casdin, Scott Goodwin, Trudy Elbaum Gottesman, Robert Gottesman, Kim and Larry Heyman, Kelly Kennedy Mack, Richard Mack, Stephen Mack, Maya Manley, Elisabeth Markus, Brian Saroken, Kimberly Kravis-Schulhof and Jonathan Schulhof, and Edward and Jennifer Skyler.


Citi served as the presenting sponsor for the third year in a row. Additional sponsors for the event included Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Clinton Group, Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group, Davis Polk, Jet Blue, Paul/Weiss and Wachtell, Lipton , Rosen & Katz.


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 five hospitals—Tisch Hospital, its flagship acute care facility; Rusk Rehabilitation; the Hospital for Joint Diseases, the Medical Center’s dedicated inpatient orthopaedic hospital; NYU Lutheran Medical Center, a full-service, 450-bed teaching hospital located in Brooklyn, 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 theLaura 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 www.NYULangone.org, and interact with them via social media accounts including Facebook, TwitterYouTubeInstagram, and Google+.

Coverage by Yerelyn Cortez Hidalgo

Photo Credit: Cindy Ord/Getty Images for NYU Langone Medical Center