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New York Eye and Ear Infirmary Gala Honors Morton P. Hyman, Prominent Family of Ophthalmologists, and Features Special Jazz Performance

Morton P. HymanNEW YORK, NY (October 2009) -- On Thursday, November 19, 2009, The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary will hold its annual Thanks for Giving Ball at “583 Park” (Park Avenue & 63rd Street).  The event will honor Morton P. Hyman -- philanthropist and international business leader -- with the Margaret Loeb Kempner Humanitarian Award.

The Angioletti Family of distinguished physicians will receive the John Kearney Rodgers Physician of the Year Award for their generosity and exemplary multi-generational service to the hospital. Among the ophthalmologists who have trained at and are affiliated with Retina Service at New York Eye and Ear are Louis V. Angioletti, Jr., MD; Louis S. Angioletti, MD; Lee M. Angioletti, MD; and Lauren Angioletti Kallina, MD.

Chris BottiThe Gala will be highlighted by a very special Jazz Evening with Chris Botti, gifted trumpeter, instrumentalist and composer. One of the world’s most popular concert attractions, he performs at more than 250 venues a year, including Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. 

The event will include cocktail reception from 6-7 PM with the Richard Jenkins Trio; dinner, program and performance from 7-9 PM; and dessert with “Dueling Pianos” entertainment from 9- 10. Dr. Max Gomez of WCBS will serve as master of ceremonies.

Proceeds from the black tie event will benefit patient care services at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.  Individual tickets are $475, a special “couples” ticket for two is $900, and tables are priced in a range from $5,000 to $50,000.  Commemorative journal ads are also available.

For more information or reservations to the “Thanks for Giving” Ball, please contact Jennifer Pugliese, Development Office at 212.979.4019, or

About the Recipient of the Margaret Loeb Kempner Humanitarian Award

Morton P. Hyman, New York Eye and Ear Vice Chairman, is distinguished for extensive experience in leading business and philanthropic organizations, and for his commitment to providing the highest quality health care to New Yorkers and people in need around the world.

For more than 30 years, he was President and a Director of the Overseas Shipping Group, which owns and operates one of the world’s largest tanker fleets engaged in the transportation of oil and petroleum products in the domestic and international markets; he retired in 2003 as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. From 1985 Mr. Hyman was Vice Chairman of Discount Bank and Trust Co. Ltd, one of the largest privately owned Swiss banks, with branches throughout Europe and Central and South America. 

In 1973, Mr. Hyman joined Beth Israel’s Board of Trustees, becoming Chairman of the Medical Center in 1985 and served in that capacity for 22 years. In 1997, he led the formation of Continuum Health Partners, which now includes Beth Israel Medical Center, St. Luke’s/ Roosevelt Hospitals, and Long Island College Hospital as well as The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.  He served as Chairman of Continuum for ten years and is now Chairman Emeritus.

As Vice Chairman of New York Eye and Ear, Mr. Hyman is helping to extend the hospital’s mission globally with the Morton P. Hyman Ocular Inflammation and Infection Grant in support of The Carter Center’s Trachoma Control Program in Ethiopia to eradicate this blinding disease that affects eight million people, many of them children. Mr. Hyman also provided key support to NYEE’s Ear Institute, a center of excellence serving children and adults in the tri-state area who are affected by hearing loss.

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