Inspirations Volume 10 - Gabrielle`s Angel Foundation
The Life of Gabrielle Rich Aouad
(1969 – 1996)
Gabrielle Rich Aouad grew up in Switzerland where she
graduated from Aiglon School. She went on to graduate with
honors from Oxford University in England, earning her B.A. in
philosophy and modern languages. Fluent in five languages,
Gabrielle was also a champion skier, an expert in horseback
riding and a skilled rock mountain climber.
In the summer of 1991, she moved to New York and joined the
NYU intensive film program where she met her future husband,
Philip Aouad. At the tender age of 23, she was diagnosed with
advanced stage Hodgkin’s disease. Her strength and feistiness never failed through months of painful treatment.
By 1993, Gabrielle was at last in remission. This period of renewal brought great vibrancy and activity to her life. She and
Philip got married. She became one of the finalists in the worldwide search to find a replacement for Isabella Rossellini
as the face of Lancôme. She studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Institute. Her drive brought great success and many
acting roles. In no time, Gabrielle had eight plays and seven movies to her credit. Her many film roles included
playing a newscaster in “The Chase” starring Charlie Sheen and a seductress in “Savage Hearts” starring Richard Harris. In
addition to her acting skills, Gabrielle was a gifted writer. She wrote a screenplay, “Surprise” that she dreamed would one
day be produced.
In May of 1996, she was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. Once more, she was treated with chemotherapy. She
lost her beautiful long hair, but fought with fearless determination throughout her difficult and painful treatment. After
going into remission for the second time, she was due for a bone marrow transplant. Her mother, Denise valiantly donated
her own bone marrow to save her daughter’s life. Upon receiving this gift Gabrielle said, “Mummy is giving me birth again.”
Gabrielle’s last wish was to create a leukemia foundation (which she named The G&P Foundation for Gabrielle and Philip)
that would help spare others the suffering that she endured. One of its goals would be to invest in research for a better cure
for leukemia, so people would not have to suffer from the side effects and damage of chemotherapy and radiation. Gabrielle
Rich Aouad passed away in 1996 at the age of 27 after a long and valiant struggle against AML.
The work of The G&P Foundation continues in her honor and memory. Gabrielle’s strength and wisdom live on in her own
words, “Love defies all pain, even death.”
Signs and Symptoms of
Leukemia and Lymphoma
The signs and symptoms of leukemia, lymphoma,
myeloma and other blood cancers may be similar to
those of other more common and less severe
conditions. If you are concerned because you or a
loved one is feeling a loss of well-being or
experiencing other troubling symptoms, such as
persistent low-grade fever, unexplained weight loss,
tiredness or shortness of breath, the best thing to do is
see a health care provider.
Signs and symptoms may include the following:
Leukemia – Paleness, fatigue, weight loss, repeated
infections, nosebleeds, bone or joint pain, and easy
Lymphoma – Enlarged rubbery lymph nodes, itchy
skin, night sweats, unexplained fever and weight loss.
We are deeply grateful for your
organization’s commitment to
inspire young scientists to attain
their full creative potential, and for
providing the type of flexible
support that fuels groundbreaking
approaches to leukemia,
lymphoma, and related cancers.
Don M. Randel – President,
The University of Chicago
(Home to Dr. Iannis Aifantis,
G&P Medical Research Award
FALL/WINTER 2006 | VOLUME 10
Board of Directors
Deborah Dunsire, M.D.
Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Star Jones Reynolds, Esq.
Attorney & Television Personality
Clifford Perlman, Esq.
Perlman & Perlman
Daniella Rich Kilstock
Ilona Rich Schachter
Paul Schindler, Esq.
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Donald M. Toresco
Toresco Enterprises, Inc.
Erin Zammett Ruddy
Medical Advisory Board
Stephen D. Nimer, M.D.
A Newsletter from The G&P Foundation for Cancer Research
Disco & Diamonds Raises $1.3 Million
The Seventies were alive and well on October 4th as The G&P Foundation hosted its annual
fundraising gala, DISCO & DIAMONDS at downtown hotspot Capitale in NYC. Baby Phat’s
own Kimora Lee Simmons joined G&P Co-Founder, Denise Rich to host this dazzling event
which raised over $1.3 million dollars. The evening’s proceeds go directly toward funding the
cancer research initiatives for which G&P is known.
The festivities began with a hot performance by the stars of the hit documentary, “Mad Hot
Ballroom” when the kids from Pierre Dulaine’s American Ballroom Theater’s Dancing
Classrooms took the stage and wowed the crowd. Denise Rich, looking glorious in a Michael
Kaye creation, thanked all of her guests, sponsors and friends for turning out for such a
wonderful cause. Guests boogied down to DJ Johnny Rocks spinning vinyl all night long with
performances by none other than Sister Sledge and Gloria Gaynor rocking the house with their
signature disco anthems.
Tom Quick led the Live Auction portion of the evening which raised over $107,000. Indy 500
racing sensation, Danica Patrick appeared onstage to help push bidding over the top for her
package, which went for a walloping $32,500 to an anonymous phone bidder. Event sponsor,
Bombardier Learjet, immediately offered another Indy 500 package to the second highest
bidder. Another Live Auction lot, a Raffles Canouan Island Resort getaway, was auctioned off
not once, but twice to the two highest bidders thanks to the incredible generosity of Raffles
General Manager, Gilbert Madhavan. Online Auction Partner, Charitybuzz was on hand to
entice donors to bid online for other exciting, one-of-a-kind experiences.
Attendees turned the clocks back with their attire from oversized afros to silk shirts, platform
shoes to peace signs, ‘festive’ was the word that made this year’s event a disco-inspired
To see a list of our event sponsors plus additional photos from DISCO & DIAMONDS, visit our
new Web site: www.gandp.org
Disco & Diamonds
(Photos continued on pages 6-7)
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Barrie R. Cassileth, Ph.D.
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Curt I. Civin, M.D.
Johns Hopkins University
Jerome E. Groopman, M.D.
Harvard Institute of Medicine
Janet D. Rowley, M.D., D.S.c
University of Chicago
Rainer Storb, M.D.
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Cheryl L. Willman, M.D.
University of New Mexico
Cancer Research Facility
Jeffrey D. White, M.D.
Julie A. Ross, Ph.D.
University of Minnesota Cancer Center
The G&P Foundation Staff
1. B. Buchek, Joe
Rich, David Levin
2. Damien Fahey
3. Nick Chavez,
4. Fran Drescher &
5. Kimora Lee
Simmons and Sister
6. Danica Patrick &
“Disco & Diamonds” Kickoff
41 East 11th Street,
New York, NY 10003
Benny Shabtai and his team at Di MODOLO and Raymond Weil put the ‘diamonds’ in
Disco & Diamonds by holding a kick-off party for the event at his chic Madison Avenue
boutique. This shopping soiree served a dual purpose – thanks to the generosity of Mr.
Shabtai, a portion of the proceeds from the evening directly benefited the Foundation.
We extend a very special thank you to Benny and his entire staff for making this year’s
event a success.
THE G&P FOUNDATION
FOR CANCER RESEARCH
Since 1998, The G&P Foundation has
disbursed nearly six million dollars to
twenty-nine of the nation’s top research
scientists. We are proud to continue our
distinction of being one of the largest nongovernmental sources of grant support to
blood cancer researchers at the nation’s
The G&P Foundation proudly supports
researchers at the following institutions:
Iannis Aifantis, Ph.D.
A Decade of Giving –
Thoughts from Our Co-Founder
Dear Friends –
It has been ten years since my daughter, Gabrielle,
envisioned a Foundation that would help spare others
the suffering that she endured. Her strength and vision
served as the inspiration for what would become
known as The G&P Foundation for Cancer Research.
The University of Chicago
Ingrid Karen Ruf, Ph.D.
University of California, Irvine
Sandra S. Zinkel, M.D., Ph.D.
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Xianzheng Zhou, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Minnesota Cancer Center
Juliet N. Barker, MBBS (Hons), FRACP
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
David W. Sternberg, M.D., Ph.D.
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Kala Visvanathan, MB, BS, FRACP, MHS
Johns Hopkins University,
Bloomberg School of Public Health
Chuan He, Ph.D.
The University of Chicago
John M. Timmerman, M.D.
University of California, Los Angeles
Timothy Graubert, M.D.
Washington University of St. Louis
Andreas Beutler, M.D.
Mount Sinai School Medicine
Julia Glade-Bender, M.D.
I cannot tell you how proud I am that we have come so far in realizing Gabrielle’s
dream. With your love and support these past ten years, The G&P Foundation for
Cancer Research has disbursed nearly six million dollars to twenty-nine of the
nation’s leading junior investigators. So many advances have been made in the field
of oncology and hematology since then, promising ever more effective treatments
for those living with leukemia, lymphoma and other blood-related cancers.
We have not done this alone. The G&P Foundation has thrived with the incredible
help and unwavering support of our donors and sponsors, without whom none of
this would be possible. I would like to take this opportunity to give my most
heartfelt gratitude to every single donor, every sponsor, and everyone who has
helped the Foundation find its way. We could not have come this far without the
unflagging support and expertise of our Board of Directors and Medical Advisory
Board. Thank you especially to Dr. Stephen D. Nimer, whose intellect and heart
leads our collective way.
It has been an incredible Decade of Giving and our commitment to fund research
until a cure is found remains stronger than ever. On this ten year anniversary, we
renew those goals and promise to continue this work, letting Gabrielle light our
path along the way.
Ari Melnick, M.D.
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
of Yeshiva University
William S. Blaner, Ph.D.
Hilda B. Ye, Ph.D.
On behalf of all of us at The G&P Foundation, I thank you from the bottom of my
heart for your continued support of the work that we do. Your show of love and
encouragement means the world to my family and to me.
With Love and Appreciation,
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Nigel Killeen, Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco
David Frank, M.D., Ph.D.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
George Georges, M.D.
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Wei Chen, M.D., Ph.D.
The University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
G&P Mission Statement
Yonkgui Jing, Ph.D.
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Jeffrey J. Molldrem, M.D.
University of Texas,
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Fay Young, M.D.
University of Rochester Medical Center
Martin Carroll, M.D.
University of Pennsylvania Medical Center
Louis Naumovski, M.D.
The purpose of The G&P Foundation for Cancer Research is
to encourage the development of more effective therapies for
patients with leukemia, lymphoma and related cancers. The
Foundation funds innovative clinical or basic science
research that will lead to novel therapeutic approaches that
could replace, or be used in combination with existing
effective therapies. Such therapeutic approaches could
include alternative or complementary medicine.
Issa Khouri, M.D.
University of Texas
Craig Okada, M.D.
University of Michigan
Stephen Skapek, M.D.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Stephen R. Pirie-Shepherd, Ph.D.
Harvard University Children’s Hospital
Iris Bell, M.D.
University of Arizona
The Foundation funds research to improve the efficacy of
cancer treatments, reduce their toxicity and improve the
quality of life of patients with leukemia or lymphoma. The
Foundation also supports limited scientific interchange
between select leaders in different areas of bio and
integrative medical research, to develop unique and
important collaborative efforts that will lead to
improvements in the treatment and care of patients with
leukemia and lymphoma.
Denise Rich Presides over the NASDAQ Closing Bell
Denise Rich and The G&P Foundation rang
the NASDAQ closing bell on September 12,
2006. NASDAQ is the largest U.S. electronic
stock market and is home to more than 3,200
traded companies. Ms. Rich was joined by
G&P staff members and a host of supporters
for this momentous occasion. Onlookers
watched the ceremony from Times Square on
the expansive MarketSite Tower. At the
ceremony, Ms. Rich noted, “It is my fervent
hope that the exposure we receive today
increases The G&P Foundation’s visibility to a
broad spectrum of potential investors. I hope
that many of the CEO’s and company officers
will see the value of working together with us
to realize our immediate goal of raising as
much money as possible in our fight against
These photos are © Copyright 2006, The Nasdaq
Stock Market, Inc. and are available for re-publication
by the news media only. Any commercial use is strictly prohibited without the prior written consent of The
Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc.
1. Denise Rich
2. Denise Rich and G&P supporters ring the closing bell.
3. Denise Rich and Vice President of NASDAQ MarketSite, Maribel Aber
G&P Staff Visits Lab
of 2003 Grant Recipient
On July 26th, The G&P Foundation paid a visit to Dr. Andreas S. Beutler
at his Mount Sinai School of Medicine lab. Dr. Beutler, a 2003 G&P grant
recipient, took time out of his busy schedule to meet with the
Foundation to discuss how funding from G&P has helped his lab grow.
In this, his third and final year of funding, Dr. Beutler put together a
Power Point presentation outlining in detail his original research project
and how his team has progressed.
The Mount Sinai lab team
The G&P Foundation was very graciously received by everyone in Dr. L to R: Drs. Andreas Beutler, Nina Harder and Benjamin
Storek (Photo: Christa Justus)
Beutler’s lab, Drs. Michaela Banck, Benjamin Storek and Nina Harder.
“Running a lab is like running a small business”, Dr. Beutler revealed,
explaining his many roles, not only as a scientist and principle investigator on the research project, but also as a grant
writer (all this in addition to his regular duties as a hematologist-oncologist at Mount Sinai).
Dr. Beutler’s research focuses on the causes of cancer pain and the development of new treatments to improve the
quality of life for patients with cancer. The title of his original 2003 grant proposal, “An Integrative Approach to the
Control of Intractable Pain from Cancer such as Multiple Myeloma”, was based on Dr. Beutler’s then-new pain treatment
that consisted of targeting a therapeutic gene with opioid activity to the spinal cord using adeno-associated virus vectors
delivered by lumbar puncture. His team proposed to optimize the spinal gene delivery system, to test the efficacy of the
approach in a rodent model of bone cancer pain, to assess the safety of the procedure, and to explore alternative
therapeutic targets in the spinal cord through a new mouse model of chronic pain caused by multiple myeloma.
In the current climate of diminishing federal funding for junior investigators, the three-year grant monies provided to
Dr. Beutler by The G&P Foundation proved invaluable. Dr. Beutler, now faced with obtaining continued funding to
further investigate the discoveries made in the past three years, remains cautiously optimistic about the hard road ahead
to securing other grants. The G&P Foundation staff, so inspired by this visit, wishes to express their great thanks to Dr.
Beutler and his whole team for their hospitality and wishes him continued success.
Dr. Beutler and his team most recently published an article updating their findings in the January 30, 2006 edition of
Molecular Pain (www.molecularpain.com). For more information, please visit http://www.mssm.edu/
Meet Our Medical
This month, we continue our series of
interviews featuring the esteemed
members of our Medical Advisory Board
with Dr. Cheryl Willman, internationally
known cancer researcher and Director &
CEO of the University of New Mexico
Cancer Research & Treatment Center
(CRTC). In 2005, the CRTC achieved the very
prestigious designation and federal
funding as a National Cancer Institute
(NCI)-Designated Cancer Center, joining
the elite ranks of the 60 best cancer
treatment and research centers in the
United States. This summer, the UNM CRTC
and University Hospital were ranked as one
of “America’s Best Cancer Hospitals” by U.S.
News & World Report – the only hospital in
the State of New Mexico to achieve this
prestigious ranking. In her research, Dr.
Willman has focused on finding the causes
and the cures for patients affected by
leukemia. Throughout her career, Dr.
Willman has received numerous research
and public service awards, including in
2001 the 16th annual Governor’s Award for
Outstanding New Mexico Women and
most recently the 2005 New Mexico
Distinguished Public Service Award.
DR. CHERYL WILLMAN
“I started doing leukemia research when
I was a very young trainee back in 1986. I
found that the blood disorders were the
most interesting thing to me in medical
school because at that time in science
research of leukemia and lymphoma was
the one field in which a lot of new
technologies were being applied; new
techniques in genetics and molecular
biology. We were beginning to
understand some of the genetic
abnormalities linked to leukemia for the
first time, so that was very stimulating to
me. I had the pleasure of being one of the
first medical students in the United
States to get a National Institutes of
Health Physician-Scientist Award. So as
a medical student at the Mayo Clinic, I
went to Washington D.C. to the National
Institutes of Health and spent my third
year of medical school doing leukemia
research working with a number of
leading investigators at the NIH at the
time, including Stanley Horsemyer and
Tom Waldman. I always knew that even
though I always had planned to do
medicine and thought I would be a
primarily patient-oriented patient care
doctor, research became my thing.
I moved to New Mexico
late in 1988 for personal
reasons but continued to
train in leukemia research.
One of the benefits for me
of being in New Mexico
which is always a surprise
to everyone, is we have
laboratories here in New
Mexico. In New Mexico is
both Los Alamos National
Laboratory about an hour
north of us by Santa Fe and
here in Albuquerque, it’s
Sandia National Laboratory. Sandia
National Laboratory has the largest
concentration of PhDs in the world who
do mathematics, computational biology
and science. A lot of the technologies I
use in my leukemia research are related
to high technology, using genetics,
genomics, [and] high-speed computers.
We’re one of six investigators in the
United States funded under a [National
Cancer Institute] program called SPECS,
Strategic Partnering to Evaluate Cancer
Signatures. We’re also funded by the
Leukemia-Lymphoma Society [and] are
one of twelve specialized centers for
For many years we have been a tissue
repository for the large cluster groups
and for cancer institutes that do clinical
trials. We receive samples from all the
children in the United States when
they’re first diagnosed with leukemia.
That’s about 3000 children a year. And
we receive samples from a third of the
adults in the United States who are
diagnosed with leukemia if they go on to
National Cancer Institute-sponsored
trials. So here at the University of New
Mexico, we have one of the largest
leukemia tissue repositories in the world
for research studies. My group is very
interested in using genetic and genomic
technologies to discover genes that are
both related to leukemia privation as
well as genes that can be used to better
diagnose leukemia and classify and
prognosticate leukemia. What we’re
hoping is that we can use these sort of
genetic and computational biology
studies to identify genes
and proteins that are
targets for better, more
targeted therapy with less
One of the huge projects
we’re working on right
now with the National
Cancer Institute is called
the TARGET project.
We’re focused right now
on studies of leukemia in
children for the next three
years. While about 65% of
supposedly cured of their leukemia, 35 –
40% of children still relapse and die of
their disease. One of the challenges of
leukemia in children is twofold: how do
you identify those children at diagnosis
that really need a new drug and therapy
and how do you identify those children
at diagnosis who are going to do so well
that you could actually de-intensify
therapy so the treatments are less toxic.
Our studies are focused on genomic
analysis, measuring all the genes that are
expressed in leukemic cells and then
using high-speed computers and
computational biology to understand the
pathways that are perturbed in a
leukemia cell to give us both diagnostic
markers and a marker to develop a new
therapy. This is a huge project with
Sandia National Laboratory, the Fred
University of New Mexico Cancer
Center and the National Cancer
Institute. For the first two years of these
grants we’re focused on childhood
leukemia and in about two years we’ll be
shifting again to large-scale studies in
The other part of my life is being a
cancer center director. About five years
ago I had a very critical decision to make
about whether I’d solely focus on my
research or try to build an outstanding
cancer program here in the state of New
Mexico. We have a huge minority and
underserved population, so we’re one of
the few minority majority states where
the majority of our population is actually
Hispanic and American Indian. They
have very different patterns of cancer
than white people do. And we have a
very significantly uninsured and
underserved rural population. This was a
very personal decision about whether to
go back to a place I trained at Fred
Hutchinson and take a wonderful job
there and continue to focus solely on
leukemia research or whether to try to
take on this leadership role in
developing a cancer center program.
After a lot of agonizing, crying, sweat
and tears, I chose to stay in New Mexico.
Most of my friends in leukemia research
thought I was nuts.
We have worked very hard for five years.
We have recruited 45 new physicians. We
now have the largest team of cancer
doctors and researchers in New Mexico.
We’ve built fantastic programs focused
on discovering the cancer causes in the
New Mexico population, how that
impacts health disparities, and cancer
health disparities, how we can overcome
barriers in our population so that cancer
patients can find the resources they need
for therapy and cure. We’re focused a lot
on the very advanced high technology
science collaboration with the national
labs in our region, so we’re doing a lot of
micro systems, nanotechnology and
high-speed computing to discover new
cancer drugs and diagnostics. Last year
we received designation as one of the
sixty National Cancer Institute(NCI)designated [cancer]centers in the United
States. We are completely thrilled we
succeeded. We [also] just made the list
of America’s best cancer hospitals by
U.S. News & World Reports [for] the
So, the funny thing for me personally
that I found is by making a broader
choice that isn’t just about myself and
my career, I feel very fulfilled that we’ve
been able to accomplish bringing an
outstanding cancer program to a state
that so desperately needed it. We’ve had
tremendous support from our state
congressional delegation. I thought I was
choosing not my research, in part, by
focusing on a larger mission and goal for
more people, but in truth my research
has gone better than ever and I’m funded
more than ever. So, it all sort of works
out. It’s pretty interesting.”
For more information on Dr. Willman and
The University of New Mexico Cancer
Research & Treatment Center, please visit:
http://cancer.unm.edu/ and coming soon:
THE G&P FOUNDATION…
“Three things are important to me
about The G&P Foundation. I think
that you are funding young
investigators is really important
because that kind of seed funding is
what gets people started and those
are hard monies to come by these
days. With the pressures in medicine
clinically, the intense workload and
the declining funding from the
federal government, this kind of seed
funding for early, young investigators
who are stimulated in science is
Foundation plays a really critical role
The other thing that I like that you do
is you’re focused on the fact that
leukemia therapies are very toxic and
are there alternative or more
improved ways to identify targeted
therapies. Many of the grant
applications that you look for are
“Are there ways we can develop a
better-targeted therapy?” or an
alternative therapy so that a patient
going through therapy has less
toxicity. One of the real problems
with small children who are treated
with acute leukemia is even though
we may cure them, they have many,
many side effects that are actually a
result of the toxicity of the drugs that
they receive. Being able to focus
research on coming up with
treatments that are more targeted is
so important to minimize these kinds
of toxic side effects as you’re trying
to cure someone.
The third thing I like is you’re beginning
to focus on what’s the actual cause of
leukemia. So much of our research has
been focused on developing better
therapies for what is a really toxic,
dreaded disease, but why do we get this
disease in the first place? In my mind,
until we really understand causation we
won’t really be able to affect total cure.
Those are the three things that excite me
about being part of the Foundation.”
Disco & Diamonds
(Photos continued from page 1)
1. Mark & Lynda Eichner
2. Ashford & Simpson
3. Michele Rella, Tom Quick, Denise Rich
4. Rita Cosby, Kimora Lee Simmons
5. Cornelia & Martin Bregman
6. Shawn Modell
7. Ivana Trump
8. Gloria Gaynor & Denise Rich
9. Donald Toresco
10. DJ Johnny Rocks
11. Sir Ivan Wilzig & Mina
12. Kimora Lee Simmons, Denise Rich,
Ann Dexter Jones
13. Vanessa Haydon Trump
14. Nile Rodgers, Joe Giardina & Friend
15. Sale Johnson, Marty Richards, Michele
Herbert, Jane and Paul Schindler
16. Henry Buhl, Nadia Kolbert
17. Melissa Mithoff
18. Daniella Rich Kilstock
19. Elizabeth & Gary Petersen
20. Kenneth I. Starr, Diana Passage
21. Olga Kurcoi, Stacey Cooper, Benny Shabtai
22. Somers Farkas & Dana Stubgen
23. Bill Smith, Dennis Basso, Patricia Quick
24. Michele and Frank Rella
25. Hofit Golan and Friends
26. Caroline Hirsch
PHOTO CREDITS: Rob Rich; Chris Ford at PMc.
G&P Co-Founder Honored By Parents Against Cancer
PADRES Contra el Cáncer (Parents Against Cancer – PADRES), a non-profit
organization committed to improving the quality of life for Latino children with
cancer, held its single largest fundraiser of the year on the set of ABC-TV’s
“Desperate Housewives” Wisteria Lane on September 6th in Los Angeles.
PADRES National spokesperson and Event Chair, Eva Longoria welcomed
celebrity guests and industry executives to the gala which honored G&P cofounder, Denise Rich, with the “Lance Armstrong Champion of Hope” Award for
her tireless efforts in the fight against cancer. Seven-time Tour de France winner
and perhaps the nation’s most famous cancer survivor, Lance Armstrong, was onhand to commemorate the creation of this prestigious award.
This year’s gala, EL SUEÑO DE ESPERANZA (Dream of Hope), celebrated hope
and life for children with cancer by hosting Hollywood’s hottest celebrities,
elected officials and community leaders at this important event. Billy Bush hosted
the evening’s festivities. The all-star Hosting Committee for the evening included
such Hollywood notables as Jessica Alba, Marcia Cross, Oscar de la Hoya, Jamie
Foxx and Ryan Seacrest. Proceeds from this gala evening go toward helping the
children and adolescents in the Los Angeles community diagnosed with cancer
each year. Though programs, activities and services provided by PADRES
primarily serve the Latino community, PADRES offers assistance to childhood
cancer patients from all races and ethnic origins; no family is turned away.
Denise Rich, Lance Armstrong, Eva Longoria
Upon receiving her award, Ms. Rich noted; “Gabrielle was my “Champion of
Hope” and is my inspiration every day of my life. She continues to guide The G&P
Foundation for Cancer Research in all its work.” Ms. Rich went on to praise Eva
Longoria for her “incredible dedication” to PADRES and expressed her
admiration for Lance Armstrong. “I am proud, blessed and inspired to be here
tonight to witness the far reaching and much needed work of PADRES. Our
children are the future.”
As the PADRES mission states “Where there is Life, there is always Hope.” We
couldn’t agree more.
For more information on PADRES, visit their website: http://www.iamhope.org/
David Yurman Creates Collection
to Benefit G&P
Yurman, has created a special
edition Angel Collection with
fifteen percent of the net
proceeds to benefit The G&P
Foundation. These beautiful
pins were inspired by an
“Angel” sculpture the artist
created over twenty years ago.
To Yurman, the angel has
always represented a symbol of
hope and charity. “I’ve always
drawn and sculpted angels,” confessed David Yurman. He
went on to note that for him and his wife, Sybil, “[angels] are
symbols of divine dreams, and playful messengers of hope
The pins come in three different styles with a signature
cable bridge holding together the delicate wing span. Your
choice of pins come in all silver ($50), all gold ($325) or all
silver with cable circle ($110) and can be worn by both men
and women. These special pieces are available for purchase
exclusively on Charitybuzz.com
Champions for Charity
Americana Manhasset Champions for Charity Holiday Shopping
Benefit is November 29-December 3, 2006. Help support our
organization by doing your holiday shopping at participating Americana
Manhasset and Wheatley Plaza stores during these five days, when 25%
of your designated pre-tax purchases will be donated back to us!
To register for your complimentary CHAMPION CARD or for more
information, visit championsforcharity.org, call 800-818-6767 or visit the
Americana Manhasset Concierge Store. When it’s time to make a
purchase, simply present your CHAMPION CARD with any form of
payment. Your purchases are not automatically eligible. Your
CHAMPION CARD is required to allocate your donation and MUST be
presented at the time of each purchase. All 2006 Champions for Charity
shoppers will be eligible to win a $2,000 Americana Manhasset GiftCard.
For those of our donors who don’t live on Long Island but would like to
shop in support of G&P, the Americana Manhasset offers
complimentary personal shopping services. For more information on
this call Danielle Merollo at 516.627.2277. The personal shopping service
can also accommodate donors who would like to shop but will be out of
town during the actual event. To pre-select items for Champions for
Charity call Danielle in the personal shopping services.
Thank you for shopping in support of The G&P Foundation!
Jacob & Co. Preview Raises Money For Cancer Research
The New York night was full of
glamour and glitter on Tuesday, May
9th when celebrity jeweler Jacob
Arabo gave insiders a sneak preview
of his Fall 2006 collection at the home
of G&P Co-Founder Denise Rich.
“Jacob the Jeweler”, as he is known to
his celebrity clients, showcased
everything from diamond-encrusted
watches to elegant earrings to stylish
necklaces, each more stunning than
the next. Luckily for cancer research,
Jacob and his wife Angela also agreed
to donate 10% of the proceeds of sales
at their chic Fifth Avenue location to
The G&P Foundation from May 9th
through June 30th. With mood music
by hip, downtown DJ Maasi and
delectable taste treats by Mary
Giuliani Catering & Events, the
evening proved a certifiable hit.
Celebrity supporters who turned out
to shop for G&P included “The
Sopranos’” Michael Imperioli, Dennis
Basso, Nikki Haskell, Janice Combs
and Taylor Dayne. Thanks to this
generous promotion, Jacob & Co.
donated almost $12,000 to G&P.
The G&P Foundation extends its
most heartfelt thanks to Angela and
Jacob for sharing their talents in such
an incredibly generous fashion. As
The G&P Foundation for Cancer
Research enters its tenth year, our
commitment to raising funds is stronger
than ever. With the help of “angels” like
Angela and Jacob Arabo and donors like
you, we can continue our mission to
fund research until a cure is found.
Jacob & Co. is located at 48 East 57th on
the Fifth Floor in Manhattan.
Wear Your Support For G&P –
Buy An Angel Love Tank Top
Show your support for your
favorite charity and look
good while doing it in your
very own G&P Angel Love
Tank Top. These crystalembellished tees echo the
theme of our Foundation
and retail for $30.00. 100%
of the net proceeds of every
tank top sold goes directly
to the Foundation ($19.00)
and our mission to fund
research until a cure is
found. To place your order
call 212-905-6202, fill out the
enclosed order form or shop
online at www.gandp.org. As
always, we appreciate your
1. Corralie Charriol, Jacob Arabo, Denise Rich,
Angela Arabo, June Haynes
2. WNBC's Felicia Taylor and Friend
3. Dennis Basso, Denise Rich, Jack McCue
4. Victoria & Michael Imperioli and Friend
LEIBER Supports Cancer Research
Famed luxury accessories designer, Judith Leiber joins The
G&P Foundation in its aim to fund research until a cure is
found. This holiday season, LEIBER will donate 20% of the
proceeds from its fine jewelry sales to G&P. LEIBER has redefined the accessories category with products that are on
the cutting edge of high fashion, while always remaining a
timeless classic. Do your holiday shopping from November
1st through December 31st and make a difference in the lives
of those searching for a cure.
Visit the LEIBER boutique located at 680 Madison Avenue at
61st Street in New York City.
G&P Finds New Home On The
World Wide Web
With the help of our friends at Web Solutions, M.D., The
G&P Foundation has a new address on the internet – Please
visit our new home at www.gandp.org for all the latest
news on the Foundation and our upcoming events. At
gandp.org you can also view our recently revamped G&P
DVD by hip New York production house, Full + Crescent.
New Home, Same Mission – to fund research until a cure is
G&P Board Member Creates Weblog
Foundation Board Member and GLAMOUR Magazine
editor, Erin Zammett Ruddy, recently launched a new
‘blog, “LIFE WITH CANCER” detailing her day-today triumphs and struggles as a CML survivor, or in
Erin’s own words: the ups, the downs, [and] the
craziness of it all. Check out Erin’s postings and
weigh in with your own comments at:
OTHER WAYS TO GIVE
American Express has developed a site to provide its Cardmembers with a
convenient way to donate to their favorite charities. The site provides donors
with the convenience of donating to The G&P Foundation and receiving an
immediate receipt via e-mail for tax documentation purposes. American
Express Cardmembers who are enrolled in the Membership Rewards®* program
may earn Membership Rewards points for their donations. Giving is only a click
away at: www.americanexpress.com/donate
G&P Gift Giving Program
The G&P Foundation Gift Giving program provides a thoughtful and meaningful
way to honor or remember your loved ones or to commemorate an important
occasion through contributions to G&P. Each gift is tax deductible and a
memorial card or honorary gift card will be sent to the person you designate.
Call the Foundation to remember your loved ones today: 212-905-6202.
Recycle Your Old Cell Phone
Make a Difference
The G&P Foundation continues its partnership with Charitable Recycling to
provide a helpful alternative to the disposal of cell phones in landfills. Just
donate your old cell phone and Charitable Recycling will refurbish and
distribute them to provide emergency services to battered adults and children,
senior citizens and medical patients awaiting organ transplants. For each cell
phone collected, The G&P Foundation will receive $1.00 for its mission to fund
research until a cure for cancer is found.
All cell phones regardless of age or working order are accepted. Make certain to
deactivate your phone prior to donation by contacting your service provider.
For more information visit, www.charitablerecycling.com and indicate
The G&P Foundation as the beneficiary of your cell phone donation.
Visit our new website: www.gandp.org
THE G&P FOUNDATION WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS OUR
SINCEREST GRATITUDE TO THE FOLLOWING FOR THEIR
GENEROUS CONTRIBUTIONS TO DISCO & DIAMONDS –
Fernando & Maria Allende
Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas
Belle Fleur, NYC
Beijing Hotel, Raffles Resort
Bradford Renaissance Portraits Corp.
David Bravo Photography
Patti Brito – “The Brito Way”
Boca Raton Resort and Club
The Container Store
Cornelia Day Resort
David Bravo Photography
Diane Griswold Johnston Precious Jewels
Donald J. Trump
Dueland & Company
Dylan’s Candy Bar
Elizabeth Grant Skincare
Fendi @ Americana Manhasset
gloss day Spa
Graziano de Boni: Valentino
Eric & Debra Grossbardt, Vida
“The Guiding Light”
Jacob & Co.
Jean-Georges Management, LLC
Jeri Cohen Fine Jewelry
Joan Jedell, The Hampton Sheet
Lauren Arpel, Signature Club
SILENT AUCTION (continued)
Beijing Hotel / Raffles Resort
Diva Executive Limosuines
Michele Rosenfeld Gallery
Peter Mochnal, EOS Airlines
One Aldwych Hotel
Danica Patrick + Paul Hospenthal
T. J. Patrick
Ilona Rich-Schachter & Kenny Schachter
Soho House New York
Challenger - GEM
Mr. & Mrs.
Allison & Howard Lutnick
and the partners of
A Part of Tavistock Group
PLAUDITS AND THANKS
Disco Ball donated by Oxygen Lightworks
Margaritas provided by Giovanni, The Margarita King
Talent Hotel provided by Hotel on Rivington
Talent Hotel provided by The New York Marriott Marquis
Shipping provided by Shlepper’s Moving and Storage
Security underwritten by Joel Seiden
Dance Music provided by DJ Johnny Rocks
Le Cirque Café
Mary Giuliani Catering & Events, Inc.
Melissa Leon c/o Tzell Travel
Michael Kaye Couture
New York Football Giants
New York Knicks
New York Restoration Project
Oinousse Investments, Ltd., Mr. & Mrs. P. A. Lemos
Peace & Love Jewelry by Nancy Davis
The Peninsula Beverly Hills
The Rosenthal Group for Aesthetic Dentistry
Sharon Monaghan Donovan Photography
The Sherry Netherland
Dr. Howard Sobel
Spoylt, Sabrina Paige
Swarovski North America, Ltd.
Ted Fisher New York Inc. Custom Clothier
The Whiteface Lodge
785 Records & Denise Rich Songs
Bath & Body Works
Front Desk New York
gloss day spa
IZZE Sparkling Juice
Kimora Lee Simmons Cosmetics
Laura Geller Makeup
Nick Chavez Beverly Hills
Noreen & Peter Thomas Roth
Peace Pals, Michèle Rella and L. Marilyn Crawford
Underwritten by Jack Nadel International, Lisette
Archondo, Keisha Escoffery, Kirsten McGregor
Virtue Development Company
Walkers Shortbread, Inc.