NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases: "2006 Founders Gala"
NEW YORK-NOVEMBER 6: NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases: "2006 Founders Gala" on Monday, November 6, 2006, @6:30 PM, Grand Ballroom of The Waldorf-Astoria, New York City, NY. The NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases: "2006 Founders Gala" was a star studded Black Tie gala celebrating the conclusion of the hospital's centennial year and was hosted by WNBC's Dr. Max Gomez and Chairman of the Board Robin L. Smith, MD, MBA. The evening paid tribute to (i) Vice Chairman of Lehman Brothers Inc. Frederick Frank who received the Industry Leader Award, (ii) World renowned spine surgeon Dr. Thierry Marnay and (iii) Jim MacLaren who was honored with the Hospital's prestigious Humanitarian Award for his courage and triumph to overcome physical obstacles and barriers that dramatically affected and changed his life. After a special presentation highlighting the unfortunate circumstances which led to Mr. MacLaren's paraplegic condition, Jim MacLaren was honored for his courage and triumph to overcome physical obstacles and barriers that dramatically affected and changed his life. After graduating Yale College as a star football player, Jim embarked on a career in acting. On his way to the NYU film school, he was hit by a New York City bus and lost his leg. He became a marathon runner and world-class triathelete beating times of those individuals who had two legs. Several years later, during one of his races, a grill from a van hit his bike; he flew over the handrails and hit a light post, rendering him a quadriplegic. Now a motivational speaker, Jim MacLaren�s humanitarian work has been recognized by Bob Costas, Oprah Winfrey, the Arthur Ashe Foundation, and virtually every major media outlet in the country. Accepting the award for Jim MacLaren was his former football coach at YALE, Carm Cozza. The Awards were followed with a musical performance by the legendary Art Garfunkel (see Art Garfunkel's Wikipedia listing) who was joined by his son James Garfunkel for a song. GUESTS included Vanessa Trump, Michael Gardner, Joel Smilow (see: NYU's Smilow Research Center), Former Yale Football Coach Carm Cozza, Cynthia Tsai, Douglas Ingram, Anthony Viscogliosi, Norma and Gordon H. Smith among others. Proceeds from the gala will be used to build an inpatient hospital wing for children and further advance research in cancer and musculoskeletal fields. MEDIA: Jamie Cassavechia |Rubenstein Public Relations, Inc. |tel: 212.843.9343 |e-mail: JCassavechia@RubensteinPR.com PHOTO CREDIT: ©Manhattan Society.com 2006 by Christopher London | tel:Private |e-mail: ChrisLondon@manhattansociety.comRead More
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