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"Thanks for Giving" Ball raises more than $600,000 for The New York Eye and Infirmary

Pierre BallroomNew York, NY (November 2007) -- On November 28, more than 400 friends and supporters joined at The Pierre for The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary’s 2007 "Thanks for Giving Ball." Through the collective efforts of NYEE Trustees Edward Nowak, Dinner Chair; Hope Preminger, Invitation Chair; and Michael Baldock, Journal Chair, the Ball was the most successful ever, raising more than $600,000 to benefit patient care services.

The Pierre Ballroom   

NYEE’s distinguished trustee Susan Liebowitz received the Margaret Loeb Kempner Humanitarian Award and esteemed physician Bernard Kabakow, MD, FACP was honored with the John Kearney Rodgers Physician of the Year Award. Chairman of the Board Peter Frelinghuysen noted they truly deserve the highest accolades for their exceptional and long-term dedication to NYEE’s mission of providing patients in need with the miracles of sight and hearing and delivering state-of-the-art medical care in the disciplines of Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery, and Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.

New President and CEO, D. McWilliams Kessler, made the keynote address, introducing the launch of NYEE’s campaign to build an endowment program. He cited Shelley and Steven Einhorn for their recent gift of $2 million to establish The Shelley and Steven Einhorn Distinguished Chair of Ophthalmology in honor of the work of Robert Ritch, MD, Director of Glaucoma Services.

Mr. Kessler also introduced the new communications campaign, "A Day in the Life of The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary," which portrays physicians, nurses and support staff interacting with patients in docudrama photographs taken by award-winning photo journalist John Shearer. Mr. Kessler noted that the compelling images capture the skill, commitment, caring, and compassion that every one of NYEE’s staff members bring to work every day.

The campaign was highlighted in the Ball Journal and new DVD, and will soon be seen on NYEE’s website, in new brochures, and in photographic displays throughout the hospital. A 2008 "Day in the Life" calendar was also mailed to NYEE patients.



Photos from the 2007 "Thanks for Giving" Ball

Susan Liebowitz and James Kempner

Susan Liebowitz

Susan Liebowitz, member of the Board of Directors, received the Margaret Loeb Kempner Humanitarian Award from fellow trustee, James Kempner, grandson of the award’s namesake.

Mrs. Liebowitz’s contributions to the hospital are many – and, in turn, had many she wanted to thank for their support of events and projects.

J. Robert Rosenthal and Bernard Kabakow

Max Gomez and D. McWilliams Kessler

Dr. Robert Rosenthal (left), NYEE medical director, presented longtime colleague and friend Dr. Bernard Kabakow with the Physician of the Year Award. 

Dr. Max Gomez (left), health reporter for WCBS-TV, was master of ceremonies.  D. McWilliams Kessler, president & CEO of NYEE, narrated the photojournalism presentation “A Day in the Life of New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.”

Lexington School Hoofers

H. Jay Wisnicki and Ed Nowak

Entertainment was provided by the Lexington School Hoofers, 8th grade students from the Lexington School for the Deaf, along with the Richard Jenkins Quartet

Ophthalmologist Dr. H. Jay Wisnicki joined NYEE trustee and last year’s honoree Ed Nowak during the after-party for their traditional “Dueling Pianos” performance.

Raffle Items


Elegant items were featured in an additional fund-raising raffle.


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