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Holiday Gala 2004 Highlights

New York, NY (December 2004) -- The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary Holiday Ball was held on Tuesday, December 1, 2004, at the Pierre Hotel. More than 500 people attended the gala, which raised funds to benefit Children's Services at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.

Thomas O. Muldoon, MD, chief of retina services since 1997 and member of the medical staff for 40 years, received the John Kearney Rodgers Physician of the Year Award. Dr. Muldoon spearheaded creation of a new, state-of-the-art Retina Center, already accommodating 20,000 patient visits a year with unique clinical and imaging capabilities. The award is named in honor of one of the The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary's founding physicians.

John S. Chen, Chairman of Sybase, Inc., received the William Few Corporate Award. This award is named for the The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary's first president, a prominent patriot among the signers of the US Constitution. 

Mr. Chen is known globally as an IT industry leader, corporate turnaround specialist and well-informed voice on matters of international trade and US-China relations.

Scott Clark of WABC-TV News 7 was master of ceremonies for the evening. Mr. Clark, well-known area sportscaster, devotes a considerable amount of time to local charitable organizations.

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Photos from the Event

(from left) NYEE president & CEO Joseph P. Corcoran with the evening's honorees, John Chen and Dr. Thomas Muldoon.
(from left) NYEE president & CEO Joseph P. Corcoran with the evening's honorees, John Chen and Dr. Thomas Muldoon.

Dr. Muldoon received the Physician of the Year Award from (l to r) ophthalmology chair Dr. Joseph Walsh, event MC Scott Clark and board chairman Peter Frelinghuysen.
Dr. Muldoon received the Physician of the Year Award from (l to r) ophthalmology chair Dr. Joseph Walsh, event MC Scott Clark and board chairman Peter Frelinghuysen.

Ty Votaw, president of the Ladies Professional Golf Association, gave a tribute to John Chen
Ty Votaw, president of the Ladies Professional Golf Association, gave a tribute to John Chen, chairman of Sybase Inc., in the program. The Sybase Classic LPGA tournament, of which Mr. Chen is an integral part, also helps benefit The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.

With more than 500 assembled in the elegant Pierre, this was The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary's largest gala in the last decade.
With more than 500 assembled in the elegant Pierre, this was The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary's largest gala in the last decade.

A silent auction of generously donated luxury items helped bring the event's proceeds to $500,000.
A silent auction of generously donated luxury items contributed to the evening's proceeds.

Among the notable guests:

Mrs. Otto Preminger and Mr.& Mrs. Charles Berry. Mrs. Preminger and Mr. Berry are New York Eye and Ear Infirmary trustees.
Mrs. Otto Preminger and Mr.& Mrs. Charles Berry. Mrs. Preminger and Mr. Berry are New York Eye and Ear Infirmary trustees.

New York Eye and Ear Infirmary board members Judith Zesiger and Sheldon Gordon.
New York Eye and Ear Infirmary board members Judith Zesiger and Sheldon Gordon.

Peter Frelinghuysen, chairman of The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary Board, and Judy Gordon
Peter Frelinghuysen, chairman of The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary Board, and Judy Gordon.

New York Eye and Ear Infirmary Board members (from left) Matthew Trachtenberg, Dottie Payson and Ed Nowak with guest Mrs. John O'Shea.
New York Eye and Ear Infirmary Board members (from left) Matthew Trachtenberg, Dottie Payson and Ed Nowak with guest Mrs. John O'Shea.

Dr. John Finlay, Mr. & Mrs. Morton Hyman, Susan Liebowitz and Dr. Sol Liebowitz.
Dr. John Finlay, Mr. & Mrs. Morton Hyman, Susan Liebowitz and Dr. Sol Liebowitz. Mr. Hyman is chairman of board of Continuum Health Partners, Inc., Mrs. Liebowitz a New York Eye and Ear Infirmary board member.

Just a few of the many medical staff who saluted Dr. Muldoon:

Dr. David Ritterband and Dr. & Mrs. Peter Breingan
Dr. David Ritterband and Dr. & Mrs. Peter Breingan

Dr. & Mrs. Niel Squillante, Dr. Jeanne Rosenthal and Mr. Perry Lengton
Dr. & Mrs. Niel Squillante, Dr. Jeanne Rosenthal and Mr. Perry Lengton

And friends of The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary:

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Granucci
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Granucci

Scott Clark and the Sammy Kaye Orchestra
Scott Clark and the Sammy Kaye Orchestra

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Media Information

If you are a reporter seeking to interview this or any other doctor at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, please contact Jean Thomas, at (212) 979-4274, or Axel F. Bang, at (914) 234-5433.

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