A Winter’s Evening Gala in Manhattan Raises $1.5 million for National Jewish Health

Robert Ivanhoe Honored by Leaders in New York Real Estate and Construction Industries at 43rd Annual Event

DECEMBER 17, 2012


Wendy Siegel Presented with National Jewish Health Visionary Award

"A Winter’s Evening” dinner dance on Dec. 8 raised more than $1.5 million and continued a 43-year tradition of support from New York’s real estate and construction industries’ leaders for National Jewish Health, the nation’s number one respiratory hospital. In addition, all of the funds raised during a special silent auction at the event were earmarked for Hurricane Sandy rebuilding efforts.

More than 700 guests attended the gala, which honored Robert J. Ivanhoe, National Jewish Health Humanitarian Award recipient. Ivanhoe is the global real estate practice chair of Greenberg Traurig LLP, a highly regarded firm and the recipient of the prestigious 2010 USA Award for Excellence in Real Estate from Chambers and Partners.

In addition, Wendy Siegel, executive chair of the event, was presented with the first National Jewish Health Visionary Award, recognizing her longtime dedication and inspired leadership to “A Winter’s Evening.” Siegel has been an active leader in raising funds and coordinating the event for the past 18 years. She also serves as co-chair of the Council of National Trustees for National Jewish Health alongside her husband, Stephen B. Siegel.

Last year’s honoree Marc Holliday, chief executive officer of SL Green Realty Corp., was inducted to the National Jewish Health Council of National Trustees at the event. The council is a group of more than 200 community and business leaders from across the country who work to raise awareness and support for the institution.

Also in attendance were event Co-Chairs Leonard Boxer, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, LLP; James D. Kuhn, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank; Jared C. Kushner, Kushner Companies; Jonathan L. Mechanic, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver, & Jacobson, LLP; Peter G. Riguardi, Jones Lang LaSalle; Stephen B. Siegel, CB Richard Ellis; Larry A. Silverstein, Silverstein Properties, Inc.; Roger A. Silverstein, Silverstein Properties, Inc.; and Norman Sturner, Murray Hill Properties, LLC. In addition to taking the helm for the event, many of the co-chairs are also active leaders of National Jewish health, serving as Trustees, members of the Board of Directors or in other roles.

Donations raised for “A Winter’s Evening” will support The Robert and Anne Ivanhoe Fund for the Research and Care of Rheumatoid Arthritis and Immune-Related Diseases at National Jewish Health. The fund supports the Autoimmune Lung Center at National Jewish Health, which  treats and researches rheumatoid arthritis, cancer and other immune-related diseases.

Many patients with autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and systemic sclerosis, also have related lung problems and need to be treated by both a rheumatologist and pulmonologist. For those patients, the Autoimmune Lung Center at National Jewish Health is the best center in the world to seek treatment. The Center provides patients with a unique, cross-specialty approach to care. It brings rheumatologists, pulmonologists and other related health care providers together to coordinate evaluation and management strategies.

For more information about the 43rd annual real estate and construction industries “A Winter’s Evening” gala, contact Amy MacGregor Hoffmann at HoffmannA@NJHealth.org or 1.800.423.8891, ext. 1080.

National Jewish Health is known worldwide for treatment of patients with respiratory, cardiac, immune and related disorders, and for groundbreaking medical research. Founded in 1899 as a nonprofit hospital, National Jewish Health remains the only facility in the world dedicated exclusively to these disorders. Since 1998, U.S. News & World Report has ranked National Jewish Health the number one respiratory hospital in the nation.

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