First Annual Black & White Ball Raises More than $300,000 for CCK


Vol. 17, No. 2
Spring/Summer 2007

  • Hand and Feet - From Buttoning to Toe-tapping, they're the 'Every Day' Tools

  • Advanced Wound Healing Comes to Winthrop

  • Winthrop Selected as National Training Center for CyberKnife¨

  • Winthrop Celebrates Survivors

  • Healthy KIDS Takes the Show on the Road

  • Precious Purls Project Knits Memories for New Moms & Babies

  • Volunteer Louise Mazzaro Saluted for 33,500 Hours of Service

  • Smiles for Scott Foundation Brings Smiles to Pediatric Patients

  • Smiles for Scott Foundation Brings Smiles to Pediatric Patients

  • Golfers Raise More than $400,000 Under Sunny Skies at Winthrop’s 22nd Annual Golf Tournament

  • 10th Annual Opera Night Hits a High Note

  • First Annual Black & White Ball Raises More than $300,000 for CCK

  • Sleep Disorders Center Achieves Fourth Reaccreditation

  • Travel Smart: Visit Winthrop's Travel Center

  • Miracle Foundation Makes Second Grant of $50,000

  • Research at Winthrop Addresses Vioxx Heart Attack Risk

  • Accolades for Winthrop

  • New Smoke-Free Campus Policy

  • Michael Magro Foundation Donates VeinViewer Imaging System

  • Annual Swim-a-Thon Makes a Splash for Pediatrics

  • New Music Therapy Program Helps Patients Cope

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  • Board members and friends of the Michael Magro Foundation join Terrie Magro (fourth from left) and Paul Magro (third from right) to show their support for Winthrop's Cancer Center for Kids.
    The Cancer Center for Kids (CCK) at Winthrop held its inaugural Black & White Ball on April 28, 2007 at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City. With over 400 people in attendance, the event was a tremendous success, generating more than $300,000 for the Center's comprehensive psycho-social program, established to help the young patients and their families cope with the challenges of childhood cancer.

    The evening's honorees were Marika and Alex Spizz of Manhasset, who have been long-time supporters of the Cancer Center for Kids. The Spizz's have been involved with Winthrop's CCK since the 1980s when their son Adam was treated there.


    Matinee Sponsors John Schmitt (left) and Tara Schmitt (right) of Charlie's Champions Foundation present Mark Weinblatt, MD, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Winthrop and Director of the CCK with a check for $25,000 from additional funds that they raised in support of the Center.
    The Ball was emceed by WCBS radio's Sophia Hall, an enthusiastic supporter of Winthrop's CCK. A poignant, uplifting video portraying a typical day in the life of a child being treated at the Center with heartfelt interviews from parents was just one of the highlights of the evening. The festivities also included a silent auction as well as music and dancing by SPN Entertainment.

    Addressing the audience and highlighting the tremendous progress that has been made in the fight against childhood cancer, Mark Weinblatt, MD, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Director of the CCK also reflected on how Winthrop's CCK customizes care for each child and family to help make effective treatment manageable, and even fun.


    First Annual Black & White Ball honorees Alex and Marika Spizz.
    "You know you are successful when the children don't want to leave the Center at the end of the day, and even have their siblings joining them at the next visit," said Dr. Weinblatt.

    The Black & White Ball was a great success thanks to the tremendous support from many people who went above and beyond to help with all aspects of its planning.

    For more information about the Cancer Center for Kids, call (516) 663-9400.



    The Ball would not have been possible without the generous support of the following sponsors:

    Matinee Sponsors
    Charlie's Champions Foundation
    Silk & Satin Sponsors
    Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP
    Top Hat Sponsors
    Bank of New York
    Connie Bocklet
    Matt and Joyce Calvin
    Dermer Pharmacy & Surgical
    Billy and Suzie Durand
    Essential Electrical Corp.
    Doug and Lynda Feeley
    Five Towns Nissan
    Steve Girgenti
    Landmark Ventures
    Peter and Liz Menges
    Kenneth and Allison Partlow
    Recycling & Communities Inc.
    Harvey and Phyllis Sanders
    Alex and Marika Spizz
    Todtman, Nachamie, Spizz & Johns P.C.
    United Healthcare
    Black Tie Sponsors
    Alan and Cheryl Cohen
    The Michael Magro Foundation

    Invitation Underwriter
    Bob and Marge Rubin

    Entertainment Underwriter
    Charlie's Champions Foundation

    Black & White Ball Journal
    production donated by RIT Printing
    paper donated by Graphic Paper



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