On Tuesday, August 5th, 140 young professionals and students gathered for an exclusive two-hour “Midsummer Social” at Mantra 986 in midtown Manhattan to support the inaugural event of the Cancer Research Institute (CRI) Young Philanthropists.
The CRI Young Philanthropists are a network of socially-conscious, young professionals in their 20s and 30s who are committed to supporting the Cancer Research Institute’s efforts to advance immunological research toward the development of cancer vaccines and other immune-based cancer therapies. The Cancer Research Institute formed the group earlier this year to provide the next generation of philanthropic leaders an opportunity to become “a new force for good” that will help create a world free from the fear of cancer.
Event chair Stephen Balik and CRI Young Philanthropist chair Leslie Salter were on hand to welcome everyone who turned out to show their support for the Institute. Ms. Salter briefly remarked about the Institute’s powerful mission and invited event-goers to join the CRI Young Philanthropists.
Guests enjoyed a top-shelf open bar and private access to Mantra’s second-floor lounge and balcony overlooking Second Avenue. A VIP prize drawing featured: a weekend getaway package including two nights at The Premier Hotel of the Millennium Broadway in Times Square plus dinner for two at the 4-star restaurant, Aureole; four box seats to the Mets vs. Braves game at Shea Stadium, courtesy of General Glass International; and an official NFL football signed by New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning.
“The Midsummer Social was a great success,” Salter says. “We raised more than $11,000 from ticket purchases and some very generous donations, but, more importantly, we’ve started relationships with a lot of young people who are enthusiastic about the Cancer Research Institute and who want to do whatever they can to help to raise money for our research.” All proceeds from this and all future CRI Young Philanthropists events will go directly toward funding the Institute’s world-class scientists and their leading-edge laboratory and clinical investigations in cancer immunology.
The Institute extends its gratitude to the event sponsors: Aureole NY, General Glass International, Millennium Hotels, Tremont Group Holdings, Inc., and OppenheimerFunds, Inc. CRI also gives a special thanks to the event host committee: David Anson, Stephen Balik, Alexis Feldman, Kelsey Fowler, Shan Grant, Kirsten Hansen, Norita Holipas, Meredith Meyer, Susan Nacorda, Shasell Negron, Ryan Phillips, Blake J. Reidy, Leslie Salter, Peter Siegal Caleb Smith, Caitlin Tormey, Killian Tormey, and Jill Wallerstein.