2013 Gala photo: (from top left) Master of Ceremonies Seth Meyers; Saul J. Farber Dean and CEO of NYU Langone Medical Center Dr. Robert Grossman; Founder of NYU FACES Dr. Orrin Devinsky; Honoree and Chair Leon Charney with Chair Tzili Charney (seated); Photo by Ann Watt Photography (c) 2013
2013 FACES GALA
More than $4.5 million dollars were raised at the Finding A Cure for Epilepsy and Seizures (FACES) Gala, held on Tuesday, March 5th at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan, in support of epilepsy research initiatives at NYULMC. More than 750 guests attended the event, funds from which will provide for life-enhancing programs in cutting-edge research, clinical care, education and awareness programs, and community building events. Seth Meyers of Saturday Night Live fame served as the evening’s emcee.
FACES, affiliated with NYU Langone and its Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, funds research to improve epilepsy care, advances new therapies, and fosters a supportive community for children, families and caregivers who live with the challenges of epilepsy.
“The mission of FACES is to improve the quality of life for all those affected by epilepsy and seizures,” said Orrin Devinsky, MD, professor of neurology, neurosurgery and psychiatry director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at NYULMC and founder of FACES. “But ultimately, our goal is to find a cure. The generous support provided by all of you in attendance tonight will help get us closer and closer to finding the cure.”
Dr. Devinsky and Robert I. Grossman, MD, dean and CEO of NYU Langone Medical Center, welcomed and thanked the guests before turning the night’s events over to this year’s Master of Ceremonies, Seth Meyers, the head writer, actor and comedian on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Dean and CEO Robert I. Grossman and Elisabeth Cohen, MD, were also in attendance. Many of FACES key supporters were recognized, including gala chairs Leon and Tzili Charney, who are regarded as pillars of the business and philanthropic communities, with Mr. Charney also the serving as the evening’s honoree. Leah and Michael Weisberg were cited for generously underwriting the event. Additionally, guest speaker and author Susannah Cahalan spoke of her months long experience with autoimmune encephalitis and care by Dr. Souhel Najjar at NYU Langone, which became the basis of her now best-selling book, Brain on Fire.
One of the evening’s highlights was the silent auction of 350 items, one of the largest in New York—including high-end electronics, vacation packages and jewelry—which was an event in itself, raising $300,000 toward the evening’s success. The evening concluded with the annual live auction—chaired by Roger Erickson, senior managing director and associate broker for Sotheby’s International Realty, who was joined by guest auctioneer Jamie Ritchie, CEO and president of Americas and Asia, Sotheby’s Wine Department.
If you are interested in donating items to the Auction accompanying our Gala, you may download our 2013 Auction donation form. (Form will open in a new window; make sure your web browser allows pop-ups). (Forms due by Friday, February 1, 2013!)