Cancer 101 and New Yorker's for Charity Hold Black Tie Gala

The historic Loeb Boathouse in New York’s Central Park provided an idyllic setting for the Black Tie Gala held recently to benefit Cancer 101 and New Yorkers for Charity.

Glenn Myles, Nicole Newhaus, Bruce Lipnick amd Jeffrey Marcus.

The spirit of the evening and the guest’s desire for another banner year of giving were not dampened by the steady rain that fell throughout most of the day and into the evening. Approximately fourteen hundred guests, in formal attire, braved the elements to show support for these worthy causes.

Event Chairman, John Nicholas and Cancer 101 Executive Director and Cancer Survivor, Monica Knoll and Nicole Newhaus, Bruce Lipnick

John Nicholas, the event Chairman and Monica Knoll Executive Director and founder for Cancer 101 and Cancer survivor were on hand to greet the many guests and celebrities including New York’s State First Lady Michelle Patterson, Miss USA 2008, Crystle Stewart and Miss Teen U.S.A 2008, Stevi Perry

Julia Renedo, Grace Cacucciolo and Miss U.S.A 2008 Crystle Stewart and Miss Teen U.S.A. 2008, Stevi Perry.

The guests were treated to an array of delectable hor d’oeuvres including single bite mini tort shells filled with guacamole and topped with grilled shrimp. Also, lamb kabobs with yogurt sauce, gently deep fried crab cake balls with horseradish dipping sauce, fresh salmon on black bread triangles with a dot of horseradish garnish, asparagus wrapped in prime rib and mini mushroom soufflés with a thin airy crust were offered in great abundance.

Elizabeth Parnemann, Marianne Halvorsen and Corinne Mehas

After the delicious hor d’oeuvres ended the chef’s prepared an elaborate buffet of prime rib, penne pasta in white crème sauce as well as hand rolled ravioli in red sauce. On either side of the dining area outdoor grills were aflame as grill chef’s prepared grilled shrimp and chicken kabobs. The dance floor opened with a fruit, cheese and vegetable buffet lining each wall featuring an assortment of seasonal fruits, raw vegetables, cheeses and miniature breads.  The desserts were a variety of mouth watering chocolates treats with various other sweets to tempt even the strongest of willpowers.

Madeline Bengtsson, Caroline Fare, Chad Ritchie and Leslie Murphy.

The entire evening was a thrill for the many cancer survivors in attendance as well as medical professionals who diligently work with those affected by the disease and those there to support, show support and offer hope and help to victim’s of cancer. This devotion was never more obvious than when Cancer 101 founder Monica Knolls took to the mike as the event’s auctioneer.

John Hanna, Alexis Clemente and Dawn and Frank Bodenchak

John Nicholas, the evening’s host, said that the generous support of the corporate community was overwhelming, “We didn’t even have to push them. Everyone was more than happy and willing to donate for this worthy cause.”

That was never more evidenced than by the extravagant items donated that were held in a combination of both silent and lively, and generous, bidding. Those who purchased the premium entry tickets led the exciting bidding on items including two tickets to the People’s Choice Awards plus an exclusive invitation to the celebrity filled after-party. Other items included two tickets to American Idol’s 8th elimination round, one week in a private Italian Villa for four, two nights at the Delano in Miami, Florida with private air travel provided by Avantair Inc., and two tickets on Olympic Airways to Athens, Greece.

Nansie Bernard, Kristin Hobenvamp, Lee Poggio and Colleen Casey

The corporate response was so generous and continued to include two tickets to the 2009 Miss USA Pageant, an assortment of luxury jewelry and fine handbags including a David Yurman Renaissance Classic Bracelet, David Yurman Hoop earrings aand Nanette Lapore Bracelets. Fashion designer Ralph Lauren provided a beautiful tan Cashmere Throw.

Deirdre Boyle and Cancer Survivor Debbie Pelosi

Home items included a Sony 32” Bravia LCD Flat Panel HDTV, Hastens Bed Accessories, a one year membership to Smart Workout, a one year membership to David Barton Gym, four hours of time by renowned photographer Christopher London for a corporate or private function, Michael Dempsey Photography, event sponsor Mercedes-Benz donated a G1450 for a three-day weekend, Gotham Dream Car tours donated a Dream Car tour.

Sponsors of the event included Mercedes-Benz of Manhattan, The Greater New York Hospital Associate, Grant Thornton, Columbus Avenue Consulting, Grey Goose Vodka and Bacardi.

Liza Deyrmenjian and Dr. Leila Thanasoulis

It was a grand evening for a worthy cause that ended with dancing in the ballroom to tunes that everyone knew and everyone enjoyed.

CANCER101 is a New York City-based national nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower people with breast cancer by providing the essential tools needed to make life-saving decisions.

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