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Third Annual Black and White Ball Raises More than $240,000 for Pediatric Patients



The Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) at Winthrop-University Hospital held its Third Annual Black and White Ball on April 25 at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City. Close to 350 guests gathered at this highly anticipated event to help raise over $240,000 for the CCFK’s psychosocial and creative arts therapy programs.

The honorees for the evening were long-time CCFK supporter Sheila Meyer Margolis, owner of Meyer’s Chevrolet in Queens, along with the Center’s many pediatric cancer survivors. Meyer’s Chevrolet donated the use of a Malibu Hybrid car as a raffle prize, and various current and former patients took the stage to share their experiences with childhood cancer and the caring staff of the CCFK.

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The gala was emceed by WCBS radio’s Sophia Hall, a long-time supporter of the CCFK.

Linda Sweeney, practice manager of the CCFK, presented special awards to Garden City residents Tara and John Schmitt, sponsors of the Black & White Ball and founders of Charlie’s Champions Foundation, which honors their son, Charlie, who is being treated for leukemia at the CCFK; the Pall Corporation; and Pete Sedote of Cans for Cancer in recognition of their support of the Cancer Center for Kids.

Mark Weinblatt, MD, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Oncology/ Hematology and Director of the Cancer Center for Kids, characterized the event as a metaphor for the hope and inspiration the Center provides for patients and families alike.

“The Black and White Ball brings together members of the corporate and philanthropic communities along with Hospital staff, families and friends at a wonderful event, reminding all of us that we can fall down and get up again,” he said.
Vol. 19, No. 2
Summer 2009

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