Last Thursday, June 14th, the Einstein Emerging Leaders (EEL) held their first annual “Join Us” party at the exquisite Tribeca Rooftop Three-Sixtyº.

Founded in 1955 and based in the Bronx, NY, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University is one of the nation’s leading centers for cutting-edge medical research and innovative medical education. Einstein Emerging Leaders is a dedicated group of young professionals passionate about bringing forth positive change in the field of medicine by raising awareness of and exposure to the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and its related research and clinical programs.  The event, hosted by co-chairs Danielle Cohen Segal and Joanna Steinberg, was created in an effort to raise awareness on EEL’s initiatives and for fundraising. All proceeds helped to provide financial assistance to low-income families who otherwise could not afford medical treatment.

Tribeca Rooftop Three Sixtyº was the perfect choice of venue for the occasion. Located at 2 Debrosses Street, the large space, typically used for wedding receptions, held an estimated 500 guests, several food tables, two open bar areas, a dance floor, DJ area, a sizable space for tables, chairs and open areas to walk, relax and mingle. It also boasted a breathtaking, 360º view of our beloved city.  Hundreds of small tea candles were placed along the vast windows, giving the space an intimate feel, despite its considerable size.

The event started promptly at 7 PM, an ideal time so guests could enjoy a spectacular New York City sunset. I was astounded (in the best way possible) at how many delightful dinner options were available to guests. Each category of food, all of which were Kosher, was presented beautifully and intricately on its own table. Chefs grilled burgers to order, prepared sushi and sautéed fresh pastas, just to name a few.  Hors d’oeuvres of all cuisines were passed around by the friendly, professional staff. Standouts included grilled steaks, sweet gazpacho, and the raw sushi bar. Dessert was also phenomenal and included a range of treats from chocolate covered strawberries, to red velvet cakes, to mini ice cream cones and ice cream sandwiches. The 4-hour top shelf open bar held strong and stocked. It comprised of all libations from wines, to beers, to cocktails and spirits.

EEL held a silent auction with a variety of fabulous prizes. Items up for auction included New York Yankee, Knicks and Rangers tickets, hotel stays in South Africa, Grand Cayman, Miami, Vermont and Antigua, Broadway tickets, boxing lessons, tickets to Live! With Kelly, J. Mendel Fashion Week tickets, Bliss Spa certificates, a Vera Wang purse, a Netali Nissim bracelet, a fashion gift package from Net-A-Porter, and much more. A few items are still up for auction until June 26th. To bid on these items you can visit Charity Buzz here.

As the night continued, guests gathered to listen to a few informative speeches from the co-chairs of EEL, along with professors from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Dr. Ruth L. Gottesman, Dr. John Foxe and Dr. Robert Marion. Dr. Marion, director of the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC) introduced a very special guest, Miss Alena Galan. (Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_VeodUlJKk). Alena, 14, was diagnosed with Maroteaux-Lamy syndrome, a disorder that affects only an estimated 1,100 people world-wide.  CERC was a vital source of medical research for Elena. She was the first child in the Northeast to use a very special enzyme replacement medication which now allows her to live a healthy life. Alena embraced the crowd and sang “Because of You” by Celine Dion, showing Mrs. Dion some fierce competition! Seeing Alena so happy, healthy and fearless was hands down the best part of the evening. For someone new to EEL’s mission, meeting her definitely makes someone a believer in the cause.

For the remainder of the evening guests danced to music by DJ Louie XIV, socialized, and celebrated the benevolent reason behind the gathering.

Surprises guests included ex-Giant included Tiki Barber and fiancé, Traci Johnson. Barber told the NY Post “Our good friend Kyle Widrick invited us, and we went to support him. The cause is obviously important, and it was a fun crowd, so we enjoyed it.”

I most definitely agree!

For more information on EEL or to make a donation, please visit:
http://www.einstein.yu.edu/administration/institutional-advancement/einstein-emerging-leaders/.

Love to all,

Amie

Photos via Patrick McMullan, Guest of a Guest, the EEL Facebook page, and by Socially Superlative

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