" Hello, dear old friends. Welcome, new friends. It's so wonderful to see you all."
And it was wonderful, indeed.
Blythedale President & CEO Larry Levine warmly greeted attendees to the first in-person event held by the Hospital in nearly three years. The historic Old Oaks Country Club in Purchase, NY was the perfect setting for what felt like a reunion of the extended Blythedale family. 170 guests gathered to honor former Blythedale Board Chair and current trustee David Pedowitz, and former PVH Corp Chairman, Manny Chirico. The event, which spanned two years after it was postponed last fall due to rising Covid cases in the community, brought in nearly $1.4 million in support of the Robert Stone Day Hospital.
Blythedale Board Chair Scott Levy served as master of ceremonies for the Hospital's largest fundraiser, and Jim McVeigh, a parent, shared his family's emotional journey during his daughter Gia's recovery.
Other highlights from the night included the exciting, live “mission moment” led by charity auctioneer C.K. Swett that raised nearly $400,000 in a mere 10 minutes, and the short film, Stepping Stones Home, which featured 12-year-old Max and his extraordinary recovery from cardiac arrest and an hypoxic brain injury.
"We are so grateful for the extraordinary support from so many generous friends," said Lisa Koch, Vice President of Development. "It is impossible to thank everyone enough for their exceptional dedication and commitment to Blythedale during what has been a challenging time for so many of us."
For more information about this annual event or to make a donation, please contact Special Events Coordinator Toni Marie Favata.