David Patrick Columbia's New York Social Diary

23 November 2010

The Fall Party Scene

Last Tuesday, the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s (MSKCC) Associates Committee and Gucci hosted the annual Fall Party at the Four Seasons Restaurant. The evening was co-hosted by Amber Heard and Dree Hemingway. Co-chairs were Allison Aston, Veronica Swanson Beard, Ferrebee Taiube, and Eleanor Ylvisaker. Vice-chairs were Shoshanna Gruss, Dara O’Hara, and Claudia Overstrom.

More than 360 guests were welcomed in the poolroom by Associates Chairman Lisa Errico. There was an auction conducted by Eliza Osborne of Sotheby’s of exotic getaways and exclusive packages. Following dinner, guests hit the dance floor and danced until the late hours to the music of DJ Jus Ske.

They raised $340,000 for the Society’s Pediatric Family Housing Endowment, which pays for overnight stays when children and their families come from out of town for treatment at MKSCC’s Department of Pediatrics, and are unable to afford this expensive themselves. In the past year, approximately 225 pediatric patients and their families were accommodated for over 1000 nights in New York City through this endowment. The program allows children the comfort and support of being close to their family while receiving cancer treatment, which can require them to be in New York for weeks, even months, at a time.

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Dr. Robert Grant and Alison Minton