Gala Ball Raises $450,000 for The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary

Dramatic lighting and elegant calla lily arrangements decorated The Pierre ballroomNew York, NY (November 2006) – Some 450 guests gathered at The Pierre in New York City on November 20, 2006, for the annual “Thanks for Giving” Ball which raised more than $450,000 to benefit patient care services at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. 

Dramatic lighting and elegant calla lily arrangements decorated The Pierre ballroom.

 

Edward J. Nowak, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel - Litigation of The Walt Disney Company and Secretary of the Board of Trustees of The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, was honored with the Margaret Loeb Kempner Humanitarian Award.

Mr. Nowak joined Disney in 1985, and in his current position he manages several of the company’s legal groups: litigation and employment; employee benefits; environmental affairs; product integrity and safety; immigration; and minors’ employment. He is involved as both a lawyer and an executive in dispute prevention and the resolution of complex business issues throughout the company, across the range of commercial, human resources and entertainment.

Navin C. Mehta, MD and Edward J. Nowak“It is truly an honor to be able to recognize his dedication through the presentation of the Margaret Loeb Kempner Humanitarian Award,” said Joseph P. Corcoran, President and Chief Executive Officer of The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. “With his distinguished record of humanitarian efforts and community service, he is a truly deserving recipient.”


Photo (l to r): Navin C. Mehta and Edward J. Nowak

In addition, Navin C. Mehta, MD, Surgeon Director in Otolaryngology, was presented with the 2006 John Kearney Rodgers Physician of the Year Award. The award is named for one of the founding physicians of The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, which has the distinction of being the oldest specialty hospital in the United States.

In private practice since 1983, Dr. Mehta has long been active in the Resident Education Program of New York Eye and Ear. For more than 10 years he was on the faculty of the Temporal Bone Laboratory, and now teaches and supervises residents primarily in Otology service cases. In 1986, he was the recipient of The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary’s Faculty Teaching Award for his work with the residency program. He is also active in hospital governance, devoting considerable amounts of time and expertise on committees such as Surgical Case Review, Utilization Review, and Credentialing. 

"Dr. Mehta has been affiliated with The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary for more than 25 years in a number of leadership positions, including Chairman of the Medical Board," added Mr. Corcoran. "We are proud to honor him for his extraordinary compassion, expertise and commitment to those in need of healing."

Sportscaster and television personality Scott Clark of WABC-TV was master of ceremonies. Roger Thorpe and the Sammy Kaye Orchestra provided the music. A silent auction which included sports memorabilia, vacation destinations and artwork rounded out the evening. 

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Photos from the 2006 "Thanks for Giving" Ball

Joseph Corcoran, Stanley Brezenoff, Edward Nowak, and Navin Mehta, MD

Robert Della Rocca, MD, H.R. Shah, Navin Mehta, MD, Kenny Desai, and Congressman Frank Pallone

New York Eye and Ear Infirmary president & CEO Joseph Corcoran (at left) and Continuum Health Partners president & CEO Stanley Brezenoff (2nd from right) congratulate honorees Edward Nowak and Dr. Navin Mehta.

Congressman Frank Pallone of NJ (at right) presented Dr. Mehta with an American flag flown over the Capitol in his honor. Also giving tributes as part of the program were (left to right) Dr. Robert Della Rocca, chief of ophthalmic plastic surgery; H.R. Shah, chairman of TV Asia; and Kenny Desai, CEO of the TAK Group.

Solomon Liebowitz, Edward Nowak, and Alan Braverman

Families and friends were in the festive holiday spirit.

Edward Nowak (center) received the Margaret Loeb Kempner Humanitarian Award with words of appreciation from ophthalmologist Dr. Solomon Liebowitz and Walt Disney colleague Alan Braverman.  

Families and friends were in the festive holiday spirit.

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