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Adults in Toyland Casino Night” co-chairs Susan Block Casdin, Kimberly Goodwin, Morgan Hertzan, Steven Jaffe, Patti Kim, Kelly Kennedy Mack, Harlan Fabrikant Saroken and Michael Weaver, hosted a lively fundraiser featuring casino games, D.J. Ray Jarrell, a silent auction, cocktails and buffet at The Plaza Hotel.

The event raised $736,000 in funds to support children’s health services, including psychosocial and emotional support services provided at the Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (Hassenfeld Center) and the Department of Pediatrics at NYU Langone.

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Presented by the Committee for the Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and KiDS of NYU Langone, the event attracted over 600 New York City professionals from finance, fashion, entertainment, and real estate, among other industries, who share a commitment to improving the lives of children who are treated at NYU Langone.


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Proceeds from the event benefit the unique programs at the Hassenfeld Center and the Department of Pediatrics to ensure that children and families receive the best pediatric care possible. These programs include interim patient/family housing, bilingual child life therapy, and music and recreational therapy. Funds for the Department of Pediatrics will also be used to help support staff recruitment and the creation of child-friendly facilities.

Those in attendance at the event included: Dan Abrams, Carol Alt, Paul Arrouet and Dylan Lauren, Ellen Block, Lisa and Eric Gioia, Trudy Gottesman, Stephen Mack, Chris and Richard Mack, Keith and Melissa Meister, Jonathan Patricof, Jeff Rossen of NBC News/TODAY who served as the night’s emcee, Jacqueline Sackler, Kimberly and Jonathan Schulhof, Jamie Tisch, Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, Charlie and Lauren Walk, Rob Wiesenthal, and David Zinczenko.

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Guests were also invited to bid on priceless silent auction items, including a Book of Mormon Night on the Town package, a Ferragamo handbag, an in-home dinner party with private celebrity chef Stephen Hartigan, a NY Giants #1 Fan package, and a breakfast/lunch with Ken Langone. Caesars® Atlantic City in Atlantic City, N.J., was the leadership sponsor, and Gotham Magazine was the media sponsor.

Physician co-chairs were Linda Granowetter, MD, and Bret J. Rudy, MD, vice-chair, Department of Pediatrics. Attendees from the medical center included Robert I. Grossman, MD, dean and CEO of NYU Langone Medical Center, his wife Elisabeth Cohen, MD, and Catherine S. Manno, MD, chair, Department of Pediatrics.

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, one of only five hospitals in the nation dedicated to orthopaedics and rheumatology; and Hassenfeld Pediatric Center, a comprehensive pediatric hospital supporting a full array of children’s health services across the Medical Center – plus the NYU School of Medicine, which since 1841 has trained thousands of physicians and scientists who have helped to shape the course of medical history. 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

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