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HELP Us on oUR QUEst. HELP Us FUnD A CURE.
inspirations 2012
SPRING
volume 20
a n e w s l e t t e r f r o m g a b r i e l l e ’ s a n g e l f o u n d at i o n f o r c a n c e r r e s e a r c h
HELP US
ON OUR QUEST.
HELP US
FUND A CURE.
in this issue:
October date set for Angel Ball 2012 page 6
United Kingdom welcomes Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation page 10
Meet our latest grantees page 11
Photo: WireImage, Rob Rich
Angel Ball
Exceeds
Expectations,
Raises
$3.5 Million
The stars were out in full force
on Monday, Oct. 17 when Gabrielle’s
Angel Foundation’s Angel Ball
raised an incredible $3.5 million
for cancer research. As always, the
gala drew an overflow crowd of
the entertainment world’s hottest
celebrities,business moguls, and
socialites. The red carpet was packed
with press and onlookers vying for
a glimpse of supermodel, Naomi
Campbell, reality star Kim Kardashian
and her “BFF” Lala Anthony, Eve,
and other celebs. The unseasonable
fall weather provided a beautiful
setting for a night out at downtown
hotspot Cipriani Wall Street, where
guests included Natalie Cole, Clive
Davis, Tommy & Dee Hilfiger, Solange
Knowles, Kyle MacLachlan, Former
New York Governor David Patterson,
Nancy Rogers, former Google CEO
Eric Schmidt, and Russell Simmons
to name only a few.
Returning to host for a second year,
Samantha Harris led the evening
with her usual ebullience. Honorees
included Vladislav Doronin, Naomi
Campbell, Dr. Khalid Bin Jabor
Al-Thani and Romero Britto and
Lorraine Schwartz once again served
as the evening’s Gala Sponsor. The
show was jam packed with exciting
musical performances by the winner
of “The Voice” Javier Colon, CHIC
featuring Nile Rodgers and NYC
hipster DJ Cassidy spinning dance
tunes. Kim Kardashian silenced
the assemblage with a moving
tribute to her father who died of
cancer, immediately followed by a
show stopping performance by
Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation
14 Penn Plaza
Suite 1704
New York, NY 10122-1790
t. 646.861.2033
f. 646.781.9355
gabriellesangels.org
gabriellesangels.co.uk
Patti LaBelle’s rendition of “Over the
Rainbow” while photos of Gabrielle
Rich beamed in tribute from the
stage screens. International art
maven Simon de Pury energized the
evening’s Live Auction by jumping
into the crowd to get the final bids
with additional proceeds raised
through the online auction and
raffle. A major gift from the Charles
Evans Foundation which will support
additional research initiatives was
announced by the Chairman of
the Foundation’s Medical Advisory
Board, Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s
Dr. Stephen D. Nimer. (Related article
on page 3.)
A delicious dinner of rack of lamb au
jus was served followed by Cipriani’s
signature vanilla crème meringue
cake. Wine flowed, guests crowded
the dance floor, and were sent off
into the night with an amazing
Romero Britto gift bag chocked full of
goodies. Of the $3.5 million raised,
Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation will
disburse an incredible $3 million
directly to the nation’s leading
physician-scientists whose hope is to
end cancer in our lifetime. (See photo
spread on pages 6 & 7.)
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who we are
Board of Directors
Loreen Arbus
Loreen Arbus Productions, Inc.
Deborah Dunsire, M.D.
Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company
Star Jones
Television Personality, Author & Attorney
Eric S. Lerner
Attorney
VIP Party Kicks Off Fall Gala
Zohn’s Cancer Returns, Vows Fight
A private Manhattan townhouse was the scene for September’s Launch
Party to celebrate the Angel Ball. Supporters Annabella and Charles
Murphy graciously opened their exquisite Upper East Side residence to the
Foundation and 200 of its donors and table buyers. Tastings Catering
supplied the delicious hors d’oeuvres with spirits donated by Moët Hennessy
& Belvedere Vodka. Co-Founder and President Denise Rich welcomed and
thanked the crowd which remained at full capacity the entire evening.
Brooke Milstein
Lawyer & Vice Chairman, Northfield Park Race Track
Patricia Quick
Philanthropist
Thomas C. Quick
First Palm Beach Properties, Inc.
Frank Rella
Trine Corporation
Michèle Rella
Founding Board Member
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Daniella Rich Kilstock
Director
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Denise Rich
President & Co-Founder
Ilona Rich Schachter
Director
Ethan Zohn and Jenna Morasco
Paul Schindler, Esq.
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Angel Ambassador Ethan Zohn attended the
Angel Ball with his beautiful girlfriend, Jenna
Morasca on his arm, but the two were keeping
some recent news under wraps. The 37-year-old
announced that his cancer was back—this
time, in his lungs. After previously conquering
non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Ethan began treatment
the day after he spoke at the Foundation’s October
gala. According to his doctors, Ethan responded
well to the new “smart” chemotherapy regimen.
Next up is another stem-cell transplant with one
of Ethan’s brothers serving as his match. “Cancer
isn’t going to slow me down,” Ethan told People
Magazine. “I want people to know that you can
still live a fulfilled life and move forward.” True to
his word, Ethan completed his second New York
City Marathon in 4:20 last November, ran the
Walt Disney World Half Marathon in January, and
continues to champion for causes like Gabrielle’s
Angel Foundation, Cycle for Survival, as well as
his own organization, Grassroot Soccer.
Lorraine E. Schwartz
Lorraine E. Schwartz, Inc.
Erin Zammett Ruddy
Author & Columnist
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Game Changing Foundation
Announces
Discovery in
Treatment of CLL Collaborative
Grant Award
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Medical Advisory Board
Stephen D. Nimer, M.D.—Chairman
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Barrie R. Cassileth, Ph.D.
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Curt I. Civin, M.D.
University of Maryland School of Medicine
James R. Downing, M.D.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
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Carl H. June, M.D.
University of Pennsylvania
Jerome E. Groopman, M.D.
Harvard Institute of Medicine
Janet D. Rowley, M.D., D.Sc.
The University of Chicago
Rainer Storb, M.D.
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Jeffrey D. White, M.D.
Bethesda, Maryland
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Cheryl L. Willman, M.D.
University of New Mexico Cancer Research &
Treatment Center
Alan Cumming
Estelle
Ethan Zohn
Foundation
Jennifer Ranieri
Christa Justus
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1) Hostess Annabella Murphy with grantee Dr. Iannis Aifantis & Dimitris Skokos 2) Co-Chairs Fran
Glasenberg & Caroline Berthet 3) Denise Rich & Liz Gaspari 4) Dori Cooperman & Dennis Basso
5) Inez Weinstein & Tracey Doolin 6) Ofira Sandberg, Denise Rich, Sponsor Lorraine Schwartz,
June Haynes 7) Dori Cooperman, Denise Rich, Sharon Bush 8) Maria Theresa Fauci & Friend
9) Robin & Mitchell Modell 10) Natalie Cole & Denise Rich 11) Nikki Haskell & Richard Turley
12) Tinsley Mortimer, Brooke Milstein, Dori Cooperman 13) Michèle Rella, Michele Herbert, Denise
Rich, Louise Kornfeld 14) Annabella & Charles Murphy 15) Coppy Holtzman & Jerry Ginsberg
Photos: WireImage
Angel Ambassadors
Our Medical Advisory Board is comprised
of the nation’s leading experts in the fields
of hematology and oncology. Late last year,
Dr. Carl June and his lab made international
front page news when they went public
with their incredible discovery in the
treatment of leukemia. As published in The
New England Journal of Medicine, June and
his team at the University of Pennsylvania
found a way to turn the patient’s own blood
cells into attackers that kill their cancer
cells. This bold, experimental Phase 1
study led to remission, both partial and
complete, in its participants and offers
future promise of curing cancers other than
leukemia, as well. Dr. June, the Director
of Translational Research at the Abramson
Cancer Center and the lead researcher on
this project was quoted in the New York
Times on the study’s efficacy, “It worked
great; we were surprised it worked as
well as it did.” He went on to call their
promising techniques “a harvest of the
information from the molecular biology
revolution over the past two decades.”
Thanks to a very generous major gift,
our second in 2011, Gabrielle’s Angel
Foundation announces the creation of a
new collaborative research project. This
new grant mechanism, made public at our
November symposium, is open exclusively
to senior investigators previously funded by
the Foundation, and presents these proven
and accomplished physician-scientists
with the opportunity to explore new
ideas together in a collaborative setting.
Applicants are encouraged to partner
with other former grantees on a project
which, in keeping with the mission
of the Foundation, focuses on clinically
relevant research in the hematologic
malignancies or on some supportive
aspect of the care of patients with these
diseases. With this grant, Gabrielle’s Angel
Foundation hopes to further accelerate
the extraordinary progress being made in
cancer research today. The recipients of
this exciting new award will be announced
this summer.
“Charlie’s
Angels”
Donate
Major Gift
Longtime Foundation champion,
Bonnie Pfeifer Evans along with
her sister-in-law Alice Shure
chose to lend their support
where it was needed most. As
trustees of The Charles Evans
Foundation, Bonnie and Alice
made an incredible donation to
Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation so
that two additional outstanding
hematologic cancer research
projects could get the green
light, projects that would not
otherwise have been funded.
The two grantees benefiting
from this generous gift are
Benjamin L. Ebert, M.D., Ph.D. of
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and
Dorothy Sipkins, M.D., Ph.D. of
The University of Chicago.
The Charles Evans Foundation
honors the memory of Bonnie’s
late husband and Alice’s brother,
fashion executive and movie
producer, Charles Evans. The
Foundation supports a wide
range of causes, from fire safety
and public health initiatives
to projects that assist the
disadvantaged. Hailing Bonnie
and Alice at the Angel Ball as
“Charlie’s Angels,” Medical
Advisory Board Chairman
Stephen D. Nimer, M.D. remarked,
“No one knows which idea in
cancer research will lead to the
big breakthrough, but through the
generosity of The Charles Evans
Foundation we will be able to
expand the number of dedicated
and creative individuals
searching for the solution.”
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Foundation Visits Philly
The Loeb Central Park Boathouse once again served as the backdrop for the Second Annual Medical Symposium & Luncheon on
Friday, November 4th. Grantees past and present flew in from around the country to discuss the latest discoveries in hematologic
malignancies. Medical Advisory Board Chair, Dr. Stephen D. Nimer started the morning off by announcing the creation of a
new collaborative grant for past grantees. Co-Founder and President Denise Rich received a standing ovation at the top of the
afternoon session for her years of dedication to funding research. The symposium, generously sponsored by Millennium:
The Takeda Oncology Company, featured a variety of talks on the exciting research being conducted by these brilliant
physician-scientists. This annual event provides a much-needed forum for both doctors and donors to understand more fully the
focus of the Foundation’s mission. Plans for the 2012 event are now underway.
In February, we hopped the Amtrak to the City of
Brotherly Love to visit grantee Jennifer Rhodes who
took time out of her day to give us a full tour of Fox
Chase Cancer Center’s Zebrafish Facility. The high-tech
aquatic system has state-of-the-art equipment and
climate-controlled rooms which house up to 15,000
zebrafish of varying ages and sizes. The Director of the
facility, Dr. Rhodes’ research uses zebrafish genetics
“to inform how gene mutation or abnormal activation
can affect myeloid cell development and contribute
to acute myelogenous leukemia.”
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Photo: Christa Justus
Second Annual Symposium a Hit
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To take your own virtual tour of the zebrafish facility,
visit: http://labs.fccc.edu/zebrafish/fishfacility.html
Dr. Jennifer Rhodes
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1) Dana-Farber’s Dr. David Frank explains his clinical trial 2) Drs. Jeffrey D. White & Cheryl L. Willman 3) Drs. Steven Mittelman, Jeffrey Rathmell, Andrew Rezvani
4) Dr. Jeffrey Molldrem & Medical Advisory Board member, Dr. Rainer Storb 5) Dr. Stephen D. Nimer, Michele Rella, Dr. Jesus Gomez-Navarro 6) Drs. Peiying Yang &
Barrie Cassileth with Music Therapist Karen Popkin 7) Bonnie Pfeifer Evans & Denise Rich 8) Grantee Iannis Aifantis presents his work
Tech Comedy Ball Scores with Younger Set
The young, hip crowd turned out in style at New York nightspot, LAVO to celebrate tech, comedy and Gabrielle’s Angel
Foundation. Several hundred guests packed the 58th Street club last July for drinks, dancing, and more. LAVO owner,
Marc Packer generously donated his space and over $3,000 was raised for Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation’s research
initiatives. The evening featured an open bar sponsored by Bocaj Vodka and Azuňia Tequila. Hosted by Emmy award
winner Louie Torrellas and Founding Board Member Michèle Rella, the program included performances by comedian
John Moses and magician Elliot Zimet. DJs Mysto & Pizzi kept the crowd on the dance floor and raffle prizes included a
Tommy Hilfiger $250 gift certificate and dinner for two at LAVO. Guests left with gift bags full of goodies from Peacekeeper,
Yes! To Carrots, Nailezee and more along with the good feeling that comes from giving back.
1) Host Louie Torrellas
2) Walter Matheson & friends
3) Board Members Michele &
Frank Rella
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Photos: WireImage
Young Philanthropists Unite
Save the Date for May 30th when our crew of philanthropic young professionals kicks off the
summer with their “Millennial Ball” in support of cancer research. Event Chairs Andrew Warren
and Louie Torrellas host an amazing committee of young people whose enthusiasm and
commitment to giving back inspires us. “Millennial Ball” will be held in New York City at LAVO
on 58th Street from 8pm to 11pm. All guests must be 18 years old to enter, 21 to drink. Tickets
are available now on the Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation website or by calling (646) 861-2033.
Sailing Heals
Sailing Heals, a new Boston-based non-profit is helping patients connect with the
calming effects of the water. Created by longtime Foundation supporter Michele
Gallagher, their mission is to give cancer patients and their caretakers a healing day
on a beautiful sailing vessel to see them through the challenge of ongoing treatments,
or to celebrate a healthy prognosis afterward. Sailing Heals provides two-hour sails
complete with lunch on-board and a little gift bag, to boot. Featured in the Wall Street
Journal in 2011, this charity hopes to expand to other coastal cities in the near future.
If you know someone who might benefit from a sail or have a vessel they might care
to donate, please contact Executive Director Trisha Boisvert at (978) 886-2561 or visit
www.sailingheals.org for more information!
Date Set for 2012 Angel Ball
Join us this October for one of New York’s most talked about galas. Mark your calendars
for Monday, October 22, 2012 where Denise, Daniella, and Ilona will once again
host the Angel Ball at Cipriani Wall Street in the heart of NYC’s Financial District.
More details on honorees and performers will be announced throughout the summer!
Check our website for updates: www.gabriellesangels.org
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1) CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers rockin’ it old-school
2) Angel Ambassador Estelle with Co-Founder Denise Rich
3) Medical Advisory Board Chair, Stephen D. Nimer, M.D.
4) Artist and Honoree Romero Britto
5) Co-Chairs Brooke Milstein & Fran Glasenberg
6) Star Jones & Natalie Cole celebrate the moment
7) Desiree Rogers & Honoree Naomi Campbell
8) Simon de Pury leads the live auction
9) Denise Rich, Dr. Khalid bin Jabor Al-Thani, Mike Holtzman
10) Entertainment Tonight’s Samantha Harris
11) Angel Ball Sponsor Lorraine Schwartz & Denise Rich
12) Eve struts her stuff on the red carpet
13) Rich & Liz Gaspari of Gaspari Nutrition
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14) Honoree Vladislav Doronin with Daniella Rich Kilstock
15) Clive Davis & Guest
16) Honorees Vladislav Doronin & Naomi Campbell with Denise Rich
17) Longtime supporter Russell Simmons & Guest
18) Patti LaBelle wows the audience with her gift of song
19) A moment of silence for loved ones lost is observed
20) Hippest spinner in town, DJ Cassidy
21) Sir Ivan & Mina enjoy the festivities
22) Solange Knowles with her mother, Tina Knowles
23) Haley & Jason Binn
24) Kim Kardashian, Lala Anthony, & Desiree Rogers
25) Food Network star Sandra Lee
26) Co-Founder Denise Rich & Gala Co-Chair Michèle Rella
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Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation extends its
deep appreciation to the following for their
support of the Angel Ball 2011:
Angel Sponsor
Lorraine Schwartz
Live Auction
Cipriani Wall Street
de Grisogono
Mr. Didier Pinier from Taizo
Donna del Sol
Godiva
Thierry Gumbel
Harvey Weinstein—The Weinstein Company
Hotel Martinez Cannes
Jimmy Choo
La Petite Maison
Lorraine Schwartz
Otto Kern
Emilio Pucci
Qatar Airways
Shambala Private Game Reserve
Sibarth Villa Rentals
The Saxon Boutique Hotel
Patrick Tartary
Total Management
United
Online Auction
Aaron Basha
Ada de Maurier
ALBANY
Alexander Tedford
Alexis Bittar
Amara Gold
Amrita Singh Jewelry & Accessories
Andrea & Neil Simon
Andrea Tobin
Angelo David Salon
Annamarie Gianni Skin Care
Ben & Jerry’s
Bill Albertini
Bradford Renaissance Portraits
Bryon & Tracey
Bulgari
Caron
Charlotte Ghiorse
Christian Voigt
Christopher Fischer
Cipriani
Cimon Art
Citibabes
Clifford Michael Design
Continental Airlines
Croton Watches
Denise Rich
Dennis Basso
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Design Miami
Diamond Nexus
Di Modolo
DIVA LIMOUSINE, LTD.
Dr. Howard Sobel
Drs. Ilan Bohm, DC + Mark Warfel, DO
Elissa Brenner, Licensed Nutritionist
Duckhorn Wine Company
EAU THERMALE AVÈNE
Efva Attling
ETRO
Fadil Berisha
Fountainblu Miami
FRANCO LACOSTA
Allison & Howard Lutnick
Glamour Magazine
Globefill Inc., c/o Crystal Head Vodka
Gourmet at Sea
Gryson, Inc.
Samantha Tharasa by HANLEY MELLON
Haute Media Group
Herve Leger
Hi Art!
Howard Stern
Intraceuticals LLC
IVANA
Jacob & Company
Jeff Koons
Joe & Ali Torre
Josh Groban
Judith Ripka / Helping Hands
Kate Davis Jewelry
Kerzner International
Koren Reyes for naomigold.com
Kramer Portraits, New York
La Petite Maison
“Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”
Lauri Ditunno
Lavishly Humble
Limited Brands, Inc.
Liz Edlich
Lizzie Grubman
Loren Jewels
Luca Luca
Madame Paulette
Mara Khodara
Maria Theresa Fauci
Marina B
Marlene Brown Fine Jewerly
Melissa Odabash/Avalon Fashions
Miami Dolphins, Ltd.
Modell’s Sporting Goods
Monica Vinader
Mr. & Mrs. Smith Hotel Collection
Nancy Gonzalez
Nancy Pearson Ltd. Residential &
Commercial Interiors
Nederlander Producing Company of
America, Inc.
Nicole Miller
Nintendo of America, Inc.
Nobu Miami
Nobu, New York City
Pamela Johananoff
Patrick Demarchelier
Patrick Tartary
Peace & Love Jewelry by Nancy Davis
People’s Choice Awards
Peter Tunney
Philippe Chow
philosophy
Rent the Runway
Rita Jammet, LA CARAVELLE CHAMPAGNE
Roberto Cavalli
Romero Britto
Royal Pains on behalf of Andrew and Shira
Lenchewski
S.A. Chrobak, LTD.
Salon A K S
Samantha Harris
Savoir Beds
SBE Entertainment
Scott Mauro, Producer
Shambala Private Game Reserve
Shoshanna
SIBARTH VILLA RENTAL
SLT (Strength—Lengthen—Tone)
Stephen Polin
St. Kilda Jewelry
Smart Workout
The Breakers Palm Beach
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”
The Forge Restaurant & Wine Bar
The Lion Restaurant Group, LLC.
The Lodge at Woodloch
The New York Knicks
The Saxton Group
Tony Shafrazi Gallery
Top Rank, Inc.
Tracy Reese
Trump National Golf Club
Trump Soho
Turnberry Isle Miami
United
Valentino Fashion Group
Veronica Brett
Victoria’s Secret
Raffle Collection
Americana Manhasset
Romero Britto
Frédérique Constant SA
Matches, Courtesy of Total Management
Danielle Merollo
Live & Let Live
OFIRA
Louis Vuitton
Paul M. Friedman, MD
Gaspari Nutrition Inc.
Gift Side Story
Hard Candy
Herban Essentials
Hollywood Fashion Secrets
Inka Doerrig
ISKI Sunglasses
JR & Loren Ridinger from Market America
Justin’s Nut Butter
LAURA GELLER MAKE UP INC.
Liz Edlich-Kinsella
Molton Brown
Mr. & Mrs. Smith Boutique Hotel Collection
Nick Chavez Beverly Hills
Noreen and Peter Thomas Roth
Pirate’s Booty
Salon A K S
Scribner—An Imprint of Simon & Schuster
Gift Bags courtesy of Romero Britto
Gift Bag Collection
Aachener Printen und Schokoladenfabrik,
Henry Lambertz GmbH & Co. KG
Adam Leitman Bailey
Amrita Singh Jewelry and Accessories
Coty Inc.
Elizabeth Grant, Int.
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Tata Harper
Total Management
Tweezerman International LLC
Vincent Longo Cosmetics
Wynn Resorts
Yes To!
Catherine M. Zadeh
Celebrity Accommodations & Services
The Chambers Hotel
Transportation
United Airlines, The Official Airline of the
Angel Ball
Diva Executive Limousine, Inc.
Angel Ball Launch Party
Moët & Chandon
Belvedere Vodka
United Kingdom
Welcomes
Gabrielle’s Angel
Foundation
Gabrielle’s sisters, Ilona Rich Schachter and
Daniella Rich Kilstock, both call London
home and wanted to introduce Gabrielle’s
Angels to the UK. So, on December 8th,
Ilona and her husband Kenny Schachter
opened their beautiful home for an event
sponsored by Total Management, Champagne
Pommery, Belvedere Vodka and Soleil
D’Or. The holiday soiree brought out all of
London’s hippest philanthropists and
A-Listers. Delicious canapés were provided
by Nobu and tunes spun by DJ Zara Martin.
Hot boy-band Blake moved the crowd with
their signature hits while a live auction
consisting of half a dozen high-end luxury
items raised nearly £6000. A wonderful
introduction of the charity to the European
set, plans are now underway for a summer
event, so mark your calendars for June 7th
at London’s iconic Battersea Power Station!
Please visit our UK website for details:
www.gabriellesangels.co.uk
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1) Denise Rich with classical vocal group, Blake 2) Guests enjoy the night 3) Founding Board
Member Michèle Rella 4) Supporters smile for camera 5) Tables set with Champagne Pommery
6) Fashionable Londoners pose for the paparazzi 7) Event hosts, Natasha Thomas & the Total
Management team 8) Sponsor Belvedere Vodka 9) DJ Zara Martin keeps the music playing
10) Caprice attends the event 11) Host Kenny Schachter & Friend 12) Sushi by NOBU
Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation UK is
a registered charity, Number 1144860.
To purchase tickets for June 7, please
call +44(0) 207 384 6309 or email
[email protected]
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Meet Our Latest Grantees
Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation is one of the largest non-governmental sources of grant support to blood
cancer research in the nation. We recently awarded $3 million in new grants. The ten doctors highlighted
here are the latest recipients of our three-year Medical Research Awards. Nine additional investigators
were selected for one-time gifts of $25,000. These include: Tanja A. Gruber, M.D., Ph.D. (St. Jude
Children’s Research Hospital); Boglarka Gyurkocza, M.D. (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center);
Elizabeth Hexner, M.D. (Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania); Xi Jiang, Ph.D. (The University of
Chicago); Tami Kingsbury, Ph.D. (University of Maryland School of Medicine); Dawn Lemanne, M.D., MPH
(Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center).
Arash Ash Alizadeh, MD, PhD, Stanford University
Project Title: Prospective Validation and Genetic Basis of a Novel Molecular
Risk Predictor for Diffuse large B cell Lymphoma
“This support allows us to apply genomic approaches to targeting risk in
the commonest lymphoma, and understanding its genetic basis.”
Arnob Banerjee, MD, PhD, University of Maryland
Project Title: Genomic and Functional Identification of Critical Targets in
Peripheral T cell Lymphoma
“This funding makes a difference to my research by supporting the early
development of a project designed to move forward from recent exciting
advances in cancer genomics.”
Benjamin L. Ebert, MD, PhD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Project Title: Identification of Genetic Dependencies in Leukemia Stem Cells
“This funding offers me the opportunity to explore new avenues of
research that are perhaps a bit more speculative, but have the potential for
more important advances if successful.”
Heidi D. Klepin, MD, MS, Wake Forest University
Project Title: Minimizing Physical Function Decline in Older Adults Receiving
Chemotherapy
“I am passionate about improving care for older cancer patients by helping
develop and promote strategies to maintain physical function and quality
of life while receiving active therapies for cancer.”
Jeroen Roose, PhD, University of California, San Francisco
Project Title: Therapeutic Targeting of the Oncogenic Ras Pathway in T cell
Leukemia
“We are still not at a point where we can treat patients with certainty and rest
assured of a good outcome. I hope that my work can contribute a small piece
to the entire puzzle of the fight against cancer.”
Dorothy Sipkins, MD, PhD, The University of Chicago
Project Title: Regulation of Leukemia Cell Dormancy by the Bone Marrow
Microenvironment
“This award allows me to explore innovative ideas that would not readily be
supported by typical NIH funding mechanisms.”
Wei Tong, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Project Title: Cytokine Signaling in Normal and Malignant Hematopoietic
Stem/Progenitor Cells
“This funding not only provides monetary support for our research, but also
gives me an increased sense of mission and urgency.”
Andrea Ventura, MD, PhD, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Project Title: Investigating the Roles of MicroRNAs in Lymphomagenesis
“We are beginning to see the fruits of this work, and I believe that with the
help of my collaborators and thanks to the generosity of Foundations like
yours, we can make a difference.”
Shan Zha, MD, PhD, Columbia University
Project Title: The Role of ATM Kinase in Suppression of B cell Lymphomas
“This award provides much-needed seed funding that will allow us to better
understand how the cancer starts and in the future, develop more effective
diagnostic and therapeutic strategies.”
GRANTEE NEWS
• David Frank, M.D., Ph.D. of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is awarded a grant from The Lymphoma Research Foundation
for his project “Identification and Targeting of Transcription Factor Pathways Activated in Follicular Lymphoma”.
• Timothy A. Graubert, M.D. of Washington University, St. Louis, finds evidence to suggest that a mutant gene in patients
Samir Parekh, MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Project Title: Targeting NOXA Methylation to Overcome Bortezomib
Resistance in MCL
“This grant supports the translation of exciting laboratory findings into
clinical trials that will ultimately help patients with lymphoma whose
cancers have become resistant to standard agents.”
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with MDS is associated with an increased risk of progression to secondary AML.
• Ross L. Levine of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Iannis Aifantis of New York University lead a new joint
study on TET2 and publish their findings in Cancer Cell. Their discovery reveals how this gene mutation contributes
to leukemia.
• William B. Slayton, M.D.—Interim Chief since 2008, Dr. Slayton was recently promoted to Division Chief and Program
Director of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at the Shands Hospital at the University of Florida
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OTHER NEWS
• The Foundation participated in the 2011 McKinsey & Company’s Gift of Hope program. This yearly charitable
initiative invites McKinsey employees to donate to select charities with the promise of a matching gift. In 2010,
McKinsey & Company raised $1.8 million. Special thanks to McKinsey employee Benjamin Wolff for inviting us
and organizing all!
• In 2011, Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation made a gift to the Children’s National Medical Center’s Music Therapy Fund.
Located in Washington D.C., Pam King Sams, CFRE and Chief Operating Officer of the Children’s Hospital
Foundation said this gift enables them to extend their music therapy program, to hire an additional music teacher
and fund “further research on the impact of music on cancer patients.”
• Our friends at Americana Manhasset truly believe in giving back. Through their yearly holiday promotion
Champions for Charity®, shoppers helped us raise over $54,000 for cancer research. Since its inception,
Champions for Charity® has helped participating charities raise over $6.2 million. To learn more about how you
can join us this year, please visit: www.championsforcharity.org
Saks Fifth Avenue & Escada Host Luncheon
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1
Our friends at Saks Fifth Avenue hosted a beautiful
fashion show and luncheon for Gabrielle’s Angel
Foundation on November 15. The event featured
the latest designs of international fashion house
ESCADA. Models wowed the audience with
ESCADA’s colorful and sleek designs while ladies
lunched and shopped. The afternoon raised over
$1,500 for the Foundation’s research initiatives.
Special thanks to Bettina Hammerl and Daniel
Wingate from ESCADA and to Saks Fifth Avenue
General Manager Suzanne Stemper-Johnson,
Carolyn Fitzgerald, and Jacquelyn Barnes for
making it all happen!
1) Denise Rich & Michèle Rella with luncheon guests 2) ESCADA display
Your Dollars at Work
83%
8%
9%
As reported in our cover article, we disbursed an impressive $3 million directly to
our grantees from the $3.5 million raised at our recent Angel Ball. We pride ourselves
on maintaining a high standard of fiscal accountability to our donors. Last year,
under the careful and prudent leadership of Executive Director Jennifer Ranieri, the
Foundation spent an incredible 8% on our gala. This is one of the many reasons both
the Better Business Bureau and Independent Charities of America recognize Gabrielle’s
Angel Foundation year after year.
83% Program Service Expenses
9% Management and General Expenses
8% Fundraising Expenses
New Office, Same Mission
Last December, Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation moved to the heart of Midtown to 14 Penn Plaza.
You can still reach us at (646) 861-2033 and find us online on Facebook and Twitter @CureCancerNow.
For sixteen years, we have supported the country’s most cutting-edge, innovative thinkers in cancer
research. Today, 83 cents of every dollar we raise directly funds these brilliant young scientists
working toward a cure. Thank you for all you do to help us on our quest!
gabriellesangels.org
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