On May 12th, The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering hosted their 8th Annual Spring Ball at the elegant and iconic Pierre Hotel. This year the party raised $1.3 million to benefit the Society of MSK which finances early stage research by the hospital’s post-doctoral, pre-tenure researches at the start of their careers.

This event personally resonated with me as I work with an organization that raises money for pediatric cancer and Memorial Sloan is one of those hospitals that receive funding. It’s a wonderful facility doing incredible work, with a brilliant staff.

Marigay McKee, Nina Garcia Judy Gordon Cox, Martha Glass, Elizabeth Gosnell Miller, Kamie Lightburn

The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering was founded in 1946 and is a volunteer-led organization dedicated to promoting the well-being of patients, supporting cancer research, and providing public education on the early prevention, detection and treatment of cancer. It is the world’s oldest and largest private cancer center and has devoted more than a century to this cause.

Tory Burch Richard Lightburn, Kamie Lightburn

Michael Kors (currently my favorite handbag brand) is a world-renowned, award-winning designer of luxury accessories and ready-to-wear. The brand generously sponsored The Society’s most important event adding an extra chic touch with its well-known name.


My co-worker and I were one of the first to arrive at the venue and entered what could only be described as a ballroom. We grabbed some bubbly and parked ourselves at a small table in order to take in the hour-long cocktail reception. Her and I chatted about the beautiful décor and like clockwork were provided divine hors d’oeuvres.

Guests began trickling in, dressed in elegant gowns and well-fitted tuxes. In New York City there are SO many events and important organizations to be a part of/donate to so it’s always a difficult choice but it seemed that this was quite a popular fundraiser. We ended up speaking to several guests who donated to the cause and the passion for The Society was apparent.

Amory McAndrew, Bret Winston, Meagan Ram, Sara Peters 35. Maria Villalba, Victoria Kempner, Veve Brown

Martha Glass, President of The Society, welcomed The Society’s members and leaders in          business, fashion and philanthropy, followed by MSK’s Physician-in-Chief and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. José Baselga. Dr. Baselga introduced The Society Research Grants Program. Jamie Niven, Sotheby’s Auctioneer and MSK Board Member, then took the stage to raise funds for the initiative (again – that’s $1.3 million!)

Susan Malloy, Grace Meigher, Lily Hoagland Shoshanna Lonstein Gruss

Four hundred guests attended this glamorous evening Co-Chaired by Judy Gordon Cox, Kamie Lightburn and Elizabeth Gosnell Miller. There were dozens of special guests but those that got my heels shaking were Nina Garcia, Tory Burch, and a special performance by Solange Knowles.

Solange Knowles

– Lauren Wire

Photos via Sharp Communications