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New York AIR Society Benefit Raises Funds for National Jewish Health


The 29th Annual National Jewish Health New York AIR Society Benefit was held Thursday, September 23, 2021, benefiting National Jewish Health, the nation’s leading respiratory hospital. The event also honored Whitney Arcaro, executive vice president, head of marketing and retail leasing of RXR Realty and one of the top women in New York real estate. For more than 122 years, National Jewish Health has been conducting groundbreaking medical research and treatment for patients everywhere with lung, heart and immune-related conditions.

Whitney Arcaro and RXR Realty colleagues.
Whitney Arcaro and RXR Realty colleagues.

Arcaro was recognized with the National Jewish Health Irving Borenstein Award for distinguished civic and professional leadership. Roger Silverstein, executive vice president at Silverstein Properties, Inc., presented the award. Silverstein is a National Jewish Health Trustee, founding member of the AIR Society and 2019 honoree. Jennifer Widay, vice president at Kaback Enterprises, Inc., served as this year’s event chair. See the full 2021 committee.

Bruce J. Lanser, MD, MPH, director of the Pediatric Food Allergy Program and the Pediatric Allergy Fellowship Program at National Jewish Health, represented the hospital at the event.

The AIR Society, named for the focus on Asthma, Immunology and Respiratory medicine at National Jewish Health, was formed in 1991 by a group of young professionals who wanted to support the hospital after family members had been treated at the main health campus in Denver. This common tie gave them the inspiration to assist the medical center in its efforts. Since its inception, the group has raised more than $5 million for the hospital.

Event sponsors included: VIP Event Sponsor RXR Realty. Platinum Sponsors Kathy Chazen and Larry Miller; and the Silverstein Family. Gold Sponsors Ambassador Construction Company, Inc.; Whitney Arcaro; Avison Young, CBRE, Simona and Jerome Chazen; The Comras Company of Florida; The Durst Organization; Kaback Enterprises, Inc.; and Wilk Auslander LLP. Silver Sponsors Manhattan Mechanical Contractors, Inc.; and Alejandra and David Pollak.

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National Jewish Health is the leading respiratory hospital in the nation. Founded 125 years ago as a nonprofit hospital, National Jewish Health today is the only facility in the world dedicated exclusively to groundbreaking medical research and treatment of children and adults with respiratory, cardiac, immune and related disorders. Patients and families come to National Jewish Health from around the world to receive cutting-edge, comprehensive, coordinated care. To learn more, visit the media resources page.

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