| Chelsea and Colby Calvin.The Eighth Annual CCFK Black and White Ball honorees, Doug and Lynda Feeley-Calvin. Pediatric Development Manager Linda Sweeney (left) with Ball Honorees and Co-Chairs Matt and Joyce Calvin. Ball Feature Sponsors, Rich and Ali Volpe. Mark Weinblatt, MD, with Feature Sponsors Tara and John Schmitt of Charlie's Champions Foundation.
Guests at NYU Winthrop Hospital 's Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) Eighth Annual Black and White Ball had a chance to be immortalized in a Nelson DeMille novel or join the audience for "Dancing with the Stars." It was silent auction items such as these that helped the event, which brought together more than 350 members of the business, medical and philanthropic communities at Oheka Castle, raise close to $270,000 to benefit the Center's psychosocial and creative arts therapy programs.
The Ball, emceed by WCBS Radio's Sophia Hall, honored Doug and Lynda-Feeley Calvin and the Calvin family, whose personal dedication and legendary generosity are at the very heart of the Center's crusade against pediatric cancer. The Ball marked a special celebration for young Colby Calvin, who was treated at the CCFK and is five years chemo-free.
The program began with a warm welcome from John F. Collins, NYU Winthrop's President and CEO. Pediatric Development Manager Linda Sweeney followed by applauding the Calvins for their substantial support.
Mark Weinblatt, MD, Chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at NYU Winthrop and Director of the CCFK, also thanked the Calvin family for their longstanding devotion, and fondly recalled Colby as a fun and energetic patient.
Doug Calvin was grateful for his son's recovery, explaining that: "The Center treats the patient, not just the disease...When a child enters the Cancer Center for Kids, they are not entering a sterile clinic, they are entering a place as safe as their home.
The CCFK blends the best medicine with the best experience for the patient and their family."
Dr. Weinblatt presented awards to Ball Feature Sponsors John and Tara Schmitt, founders of Charlie's Champions Foundation, and Rich and Ali Volpe, volunteers and philanthropists, praising them for their ongoing commitment and advocacy on the Center's behalf.
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 NYU Winthrop's CCFK, visit www.winthrop.org/cck.