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Fourth Annual Black & White Ball Raises Nearly $250,000 for Pediatric Patients at Winthrop

Close to 400 guests from the metropolitan area’s corporate, healthcare and philanthropic communities gathered at Huntington’s Oheka Castle on April 22 at the Cancer Center for Kids’ (CCFK) Fourth Annual Black and White Ball. The event, which honored longtime faithful supporters Paul and Terrie Magro and their son Marc and recognized the perpetually generous works of the Michael Magro Foundation for the benefit of Winthrop and its young patients, was a terrific success – raising nearly $250,000 for the CCFK’s psychosocial, Child Life and creative arts therapy programs.

15-2 (L.-R.) Marc, Paul and Terrie Magro of the Michael Magro Foundation were the guests of honor at the Cancer Center for Kids’ Black and White Ball.

WCBS Radio’s Sophia Hall, a longtime CCFK supporter and volunteer, emceed the program and welcomed the overflow crowd at the event, which received outstanding support from major sponsors Charlie’s Champions and Pall Corporation. John F. Collins, President & CEO of Winthrop, praised the Center’s accomplishments and its importance within the framework of Winthrop’s pediatric specialty practices.

15-2 (L.-R.) Marc, Paul and Terrie Magro of the Michael Magro Foundation were the guests of honor at the Cancer Center for Kids’ Black and White Ball.
The Magros, who are committed to serving the emotional and quality-of-life needs of pediatric cancer patients and their families, established The Michael Magro Foundation to honor the memory of their son, Michael, who they lost to leukemia in 2004. Since its inception in 2005, the Foundation has raised more than $300,000 in its ongoing crusade against pediatric cancer, enabling it to generously support young patients and their families at Winthrop in many ways.

15-2 Tara and John Schmitt accept a token of appreciation from Dr. Mark Weinblatt for their role as long-time supporters of the CCFK and primary sponsors of this year’s Black & White Ball through their family foundation, Charlie’s Champions.
“The Magros have invigorated our mission with their remarkable courage and strength, cultivating new donors and spearheading countless fundraisers to help underwrite the services we provide,” said Mark Weinblatt, MD, Chief of the Division of Pediatric of Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology at Winthrop and Director of the Cancer Center for Kids.
Vol. 20, No. 2
Summer/Fall 2010

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