Fifth Annual Solving Kids’ Cancer Spring Celebration

Donna Karan, DJ Fulano Librizzo and Josh Lucas at the Fifth Annual Solving Kids' Cancer Spring Celebration

Donna Karan, DJ Fulano Librizzo and Josh Lucas at the Fifth Annual Solving Kids’ Cancer Spring Celebration

 

Josh Lucas, Donna Karan Headline Solving Kids’ Cancer’s Fifth Annual Spring Celebration 

Annual Dinner Raises $700,000 to Fund New Treatment Options for Kids

Hosts Donna Karan, Gabby Karan De Felice, Bonnie Young, Jan Planit and Frederique van der Wal joined Solving Kids’ Cancer co-founders Scott Kennedy, John and Catherine London last night at 583 Park and raised over $700,000 to fund new and novel clinical trials for children with deadly brain tumors.

Actor Josh Lucas, served as the evening’s emcee, and later gave a Voice to Childhood Cancer, reading The Monster by Steve Dolling, a father who lost his child to cancer.

Jessica Melore, a two-time cancer survivor and heart transplant recipient, was honored with the “Wings of Hope” award for her courage, commitment and inspiring service to those in need. Melore is an international motivational speaker and public health advocate. Maya Manley co-founder of the Making Headway Foundation received the “Unsung Hero” award. The foundation is dedicated to providing care & comfort to children as well as funding medical research. Maya has volunteered for the last 25 years as an art therapist to help pediatric cancer patients at NYU’s Hassenfeld Children’s Center.

10-year-old DJ Fulano spun tunes for the cocktail and dinner hours; sixth grader James London gave a violin performance with his friend Mariana Knaupp; and singer-songwriter-pianist Peter Cincotti entertained the audience with his hit “The Heart of the City,” and the children’s classic “Rainbow Connection.”

Dr. Kenneth J. Cohen explained the organization’s unique approach in funding innovative clinical trials that bring new treatment options to children who are battling cancer today. Dr. Cohen was followed by a moving video that told the story of the promise of immunotherapy through the life of nine-year-old Emily Whitehead, the first child to receive a type of immunotherapy known as T cell therapy. Emily recently celebrated two years of being cancer free, and received a standing ovation when she later took the stage to say “thank you for your support.” The evening ended with a live research auction led by Sarah Goulet, an auctioneer and the head of communications at Paddle8.

Additional attendees included Ronni Anderson, Garo Armen, Khalil Barrage, Dr. Fredric Brandt, Tim Cahill, Liliana Cavendish, Helena Christensen, Jackie Cruz, Drena DeNiro, Bonnie Pfeifer Evans, Larry Feinberg, Seth Herzog, Bill & Jessica Koenigsberg, Mark & Laura Jean Mallon, Morris Moinian, MaryGail Parr, David Simon, Hunt Slonem, Ari & Susan Spar, Latham Thomas, Jeffrey Tweedy, LonDell Wright, and Anatol Yusef.

 

 

 

Helena Christensen attends the fifth annual Solving Kids' Cancer Spring Celebration at 583 Park Avenue

Helena Christensen attends the fifth annual Solving Kids’ Cancer Spring Celebration at 583 Park Avenue

Frederique Van Der Wal attends the fifth annual Solving Kids' Cancer Spring Celebration at 583 Park Avenue

Frederique Van Der Wal attends the fifth annual Solving Kids’ Cancer Spring Celebration at 583 Park Avenue

Jessica Melore and Josh Lucas  attend the fifth annual Solving Kids' Cancer Spring Celebration at 583 Park Avenue

Jessica Melore and Josh Lucas attend the fifth annual Solving Kids’ Cancer Spring Celebration at 583 Park Avenue

Jeff Tweedy attends the fifth annual Solving Kids' Cancer Spring Celebration at 583 Park Avenue

Jeff Tweedy attends the fifth annual Solving Kids’ Cancer Spring Celebration at 583 Park Avenue

Jackie Cruz attends the fifth annual Solving Kids' Cancer Spring Celebration at 583 Park Avenue

Jackie Cruz attends the fifth annual Solving Kids’ Cancer Spring Celebration at 583 Park Avenue

Maya Manley and Edward Manley attend the fifth annual Solving Kids' Cancer Spring Celebration at 583 Park Avenue

Maya Manley and Edward Manley attend the fifth annual Solving Kids’ Cancer Spring Celebration at 583 Park Avenue

Claire Greenburger, Celia Babini, Rose Marjos, DJ Fulano Librizzo, Kyah Cahill, Amber Pongrass and  Siena Harris attend the fifth annual Solving Kids' Cancer Spring Celebration at 583 Park Avenue

Claire Greenburger, Celia Babini, Rose Marjos, DJ Fulano Librizzo, Kyah Cahill, Amber Pongrass and Siena Harris attend the fifth annual Solving Kids’ Cancer Spring Celebration at 583 Park Avenue

John London, Catherine London and Scott Kennedy attend the fifth annual Solving Kids' Cancer Spring Celebration at 583 Park Avenue

John London, Catherine London and Scott Kennedy attend the fifth annual Solving Kids’ Cancer Spring Celebration at 583 Park Avenue

Bonnie Pfeifer attends the fifth annual Solving Kids' Cancer Spring Celebration at 583 Park Avenue

Bonnie Pfeifer attends the fifth annual Solving Kids’ Cancer Spring Celebration at 583 Park Avenue

Michael Planit and Jan Planit attend the fifth annual Solving Kids' Cancer Spring Celebration at 583 Park Avenue

Michael Planit and Jan Planit attend the fifth annual Solving Kids’ Cancer Spring Celebration at 583 Park Avenue

Actor Josh Lucas speaking at the fifth annual Solving Kids' Cancer Spring Celebration at 583 Park Avenue

Actor Josh Lucas speaking at the fifth annual Solving Kids’ Cancer Spring Celebration at 583 Park Avenue

Lady Liliana Cavendish and Hunt Slonem attend the fifth annual Solving Kids' Cancer Spring Celebration at 583 Park Avenue

Lady Liliana Cavendish and Hunt Slonem attend the fifth annual Solving Kids’ Cancer Spring Celebration at 583 Park Avenue

Bonnie Young, Celia Babini, Luca Babini attend the fifth annual Solving Kids' Cancer Spring Celebration at 583 Park Avenue

Bonnie Young, Celia Babini, Luca Babini attend the fifth annual Solving Kids’ Cancer Spring Celebration at 583 Park Avenue

Gabby Karan De Felice and Celia Babini attend the fifth annual Solving Kids' Cancer Spring Celebration at 583 Park Avenu

Gabby Karan De Felice and Celia Babini attend the fifth annual Solving Kids’ Cancer Spring Celebration at 583 Park Avenu

DJ Fulano at the fifth annual Solving Kids' Cancer Spring Celebration at 583 Park Avenu

DJ Fulano at the fifth annual Solving Kids’ Cancer Spring Celebration at 583 Park Avenu

The fifth annual Solving Kids' Cancer Spring Celebration at 583 Park Avenu

The fifth annual Solving Kids’ Cancer Spring Celebration at 583 Park Avenu

 

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