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Sixth Annual Black & White Ball Raises Nearly $275,000 for Winthrop’s Cancer Center for Kids

On Saturday, April 26, 2012, The Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) at Winthrop-University Hospital hosted its Sixth Annual Black and White Ball at the Bridgeview Yacht Club in Island Park, NY, where more than 350 guests helped raise nearly $275,000 to benefit the CCFK’s psychosocial and creative arts therapy programs. These essential services support the Center’s “home-away-fromhome” environment which nurtures the child and strengthens the family.

At the Sixth Annual Winthrop-University Hospital Cancer Center for Kids’ Black and White Ball, Mark Weinblatt, MD, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Winthrop and Director of the CCFK (center) presented the Stewart family with a token of appreciation for their long-time support. Pictured with Dr. Weinblatt are (l.-r.) Lauren, John, Liz, and Courtney Stewart.

The event, emceed by WCBS Radio’s Sophia Hall, a long-time CCFK supporter and volunteer, honored First First National Bank of New York CEO John Stewart and his family, who are long-time Center benefactors. Mr. Stewart eloquently described his daughter Courtney’s heroic journey and his family’s experience at the Center. “It has been a place that is populated by the most dedicated, knowledgeable and caring healthcare professionals in the world who happen to be treating the bravest children on Planet Earth and supporting their families,” he said.

Cancer Center for Kids’ supporters (seated, l.-r.) Mr. and Mrs. McGovern, Mr. and Mrs. Ryan, and Ted Shirley.

John F. Collins, Winthrop’s President and CEO, congratulated the Stewarts, describing them as “the heart of the CCFK’s ongoing crusade against pediatric cancer.”

Feature Sponsors of the Sixth Annual Black & White Ball, Ali Volpe and Richard Volpe of Royal Bank of Scotland.
Mark Weinblatt, MD, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology at Winthrop and Director of the CCFK, presented the Stewarts with a special award, thanking them for their tireless dedication to the Center’s mission. He also recognized John and Tara Schmitt of Charlie’s Champions Foundation, and Ali and Richard Volpe, Premier and Feature Sponsors respectively, for their extraordinary generosity and fundraising efforts on the Center’s behalf.

A video created by CCFK patients as part of the Music Appreciation Program, underwritten by the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation, was the highlight of the evening.

Dr. Weinblatt recognizes Premier Sponsors John and Tara Schmitt of Charlie’s Champions Foundation.
“All of our patients show bravery and courage beyond their years and we are deeply committed to serving their emotional needs at The Cancer Center for Kids,” said the Center’s Pediatric Development Manager, Linda Sweeney.

The Cancer Center for Kids, a member of the prestigious national Children’s Oncology Group, is Nassau County’s largest outpatient facility for treating children with cancer and blood disorders. For more information about the CCFK or to view the special video created by CCFK patients, visit
Vol. 22, No. 2
Summer 2012

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