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Adults in Toyland Casino Benefit
Adults in Toyland Casino Benefit.

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“Adults in Toyland Casino Night" co-chairs Susan Block Casdin, Morgan Hertzan, Steven Jaffe, Patti Kim, Kelly Kennedy Mack, Harlan Fabrikant Saroken, Josh Laterman and Michael Weaver hosted a festive night in a casino setting with a silent auction to benefit the Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and the Department of Pediatrics at NYU Langone Medical Center on Thursday, November 12, 2009, at The Edison Ballroom in Manhattan. Presented by Caesars Atlantic City, the Hassenfeld and KiDS of NYU Associates Committees, the event attracted young New York City professionals and included a fun-filled evening of casino games and a premier silent auction to support the programs.

Over 730 guests attended the event, which raised a record $642,670 to fund integrative-care support programs and clinical research at the Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and the Department of Pediatrics. The Center has been a leader in the outpatient treatment of children with cancer and blood disorders, combining world-class medical therapies and facilities with psychosocial and emotional support services for young patients and their families.

Event-goers, stars, and socialites including Countess Luann de Lesseps, Dan Abrams, Pippa Cohen, Vivien and Alan Hassenfeld, Carol Alt, Christine and Richard Mack, Alice Tisch, Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, Kimberly and Jonathan Schulhof, Marjorie Reed Gordon, Dori Cooperman, Amanda Smith, Amy Dwek, former NY Knicks star Herb Williams, LX-TV’s George Oliphant and Sara Gore, director Doug Liman and guest D.J. Pedro Andrade, gambled the night away—with all winnings going toward the Hassenfeld Center & NYU Department of Pediatrics—and bid on priceless silent auction items including walk-on roles to the hit shows How I Met Your Mother and Ugly Betty, a meet-and-greet for four people with the hosts of The View, and a date with former bachelorette contestant Reid Rosenthal.

The Hassenfeld and KiDS of NYU Associates Committees are groups of young professionals from various corporate, cultural and philanthropic backgrounds who are committed to improving the lives of the children who are treated at NYU Langone Medical Center. The goal is to help provide services that reduce stress and anxiety for patients and families, services which are often not covered by health insurance. Proceeds from the 2009 “Adults in Toyland Casino Night” will support vital integrative-care initiatives and clinical research at the Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and growth within the Department of Pediatrics by recruiting talented physicians, strengthening important programs, and creating the finest facilities for children on NYU Langone’s campus.

Attendees included: Dr. Robert I. Grossman, dean and CEO of NYU Langone Medical Center; Dr. William Carroll, director of the NYU Cancer Institute; Dr. Linda Granowetter, the newly appointed director of the Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center; Catherine Manno, MD, Pat and John Rosenwald Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Alan Hassenfeld, former Chairman of the Board and present Chairman of the Executive Committee of Hasbro, Inc.; and physician co-chairs Sharon Gardner, MD, associate professor, Department of Pediatrics; Elizabeth Raetz, MD, associate professor, Department of Pediatrics; and Bret Rudy, MD, vice chair and professor, Department of Pediatrics.

Event co-chairs Joshua Laterman, Patti Kim, Mike Weaver,
Event co-chairs including Joshua Laterman, Patti Kim, Susan Block Casdin and Mike Weaver.

Carol Alt, Susan Block Casdin, Dr. Robert I. Grossman
Carol Alt, Susan Block Casdin, Dr. Robert I. Grossman.

Countess Luann de Lesseps
Countess Luann de Lesseps.

  Dan Abrams
Dan Abrams.

Alice Tisch, Catherine Manno, Lisa Silverman
Alice Tisch, Catherine Manno, Lisa Silverman.

Dr. William Carroll, Dr. Elizabeth Raetz, Alan Hassenfeld
Dr. William Carroll, Dr. Elizabeth Raetz, Alan Hassenfeld.

Jonathan Tisch and Lizzie Tisch
Jonathan Tisch and Lizzie Tisch.

  Dierdre Laterman and Joshua Laterman
Dierdre Laterman and Joshua Laterman.

Susan Block Casdin, Alan Hassenfeld, Jennifer Gilbert
Susan Block Casdin, Alan Hassenfeld, Jennifer Gilbert.

Photos: Jay Brady
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