Havana, ooh na-na (ay) the guests were transported to Cuba for the evening in support of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation. The event drew around 250 guests at the DL rooftop lounge in The Lower East Side in New York City.
The Young Professional Associates Board raised $30,000 to support their innovative researched focused on correcting the abnormal gene functions that cause cancer.
“This incredible group of young professionals is the next generation of philanthropists who are committed to supporting research that advances innovative approaches to understanding what causes cancer. Their initial efforts for this inaugural event exceeded all expectations. We are enormously grateful to the Associates Board and their guests for generating enough support to fund a investigator who is developing fresh and original research,” said William T. Sullivan, Executive Director at the SWCRF.
The wonderful night was celebrated by enjoying Cuban-inspired cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a live demonstration of handmade cigars courtesy Soho Cigar Bar and tropical-themed shots in Snackadabra cookie cups.
There were multiple TV screens on the wall flashing facts about the dangers of cancer and how SWCRF was doing everything they can to combat it. They have funded more than 200 researchers with over $100 million in research grants. This is a huge accomplishment that goes a long way in finding a cure for cancer by approaching the root of the problem.
The audience was mesmerized by the flow of not only cocktails but entertainment throughout the night. The Violin Diva who played tunes on an electric guitar; Sarina Suno was absolutely incredible. Followed by belly dancer Elena Nayiri and the DJ Matt Lewis who played tunes for the crowd to dance away to in support of a ground-breaking initiative. Of course, there was a photo booth provided by iPhoto to capture these moments to imbed in the memories of the guests and associates.