On Tuesday, October 7, 2014, the Blue Horizon Charitable Foundation (BHCF) hosted its third annual fundraising gala dinner at Gotham Hall in New York.
The Blue Horizon Charitable Foundation team and its wonderful host committee gathered with all of their supporters, friends, and those looking to support a worthy cause for an evening of fine foods, cocktails, entertainment, and an opportunity to contribute to the Blue Horizon Charitable Foundation. Guests from around the world were in attendance, including scientists, economists, doctors, lawyers, philanthropists, athletes, singers, and film/TV celebrities. Chairman, Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon Dr. Brian Mehling, CEO John Ferguson, COO Doreen Santora, President and Co-Founder Eddie Amarante, Dr. Doncheng Wu, a stem cell scientist based in China, Patty Hillkirk, Founder and Executive Director of Camp Dreamcatcher, Italian singer Nadia Lanfranconi and representatives from Sean Kimmerling Testicular Cancer Foundation were among some of the guests who attended this year’s Blue Horizon Foundation Gala.
The evening began with cocktails and an hors d'oeuvre reception, followed by a welcome from Eileen Craft, Mistress of Ceremonies. It was followed by an elegant sit-down dinner and presentations. There were also a silent and live auctions with wonderful items including " Evening with Derek Jeter," "Top Chef in Home Experience," " One Week at the Villa in Cannes," " Sunday's Final Round of the Masters," "Hamptons Hideaway, Southampton, NY, " " Rao's Chef in your Home," " A Week in the City," "Silver Oak Wine Experience," and various sport's memorabilia autographed by legends such as NY Yankees David Wells, Don Larson and David Cone, Mariano Rivera, Tiger Woods, Mickey Mantle, NY Giant Eli Manning and many others.
The presentations were followed by evening’s entertainment, David Raleigh, lauded by Time Out Magazine as the "Nat King Cole" for a new generation, Sarah Charness, who captivated the audience with her vivacious performance and the vibrant sound of her trademark hot pink, six-string electric violin.Guests danced the night away to the tunes of DJ Marc Vano, who flew in from Amsterdam to play at the gala. Additionally, Anish Shah , a New York-based comedian with his award-winning act.
The guest speaker for the evening was Patty Hillkirk, founder and executive director of Camp Dreamcatcher, an organization dedicated to providing resources for children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. " We are very grateful for all the help that BHCF has provided us over the years. We appreciate our partnership and look forward to working together for many years to come," said Ms. Hillkirk.
Dr. Mehling stated, “We want to thank everyone who partnered with us on our journey to help people across the globe. For without you, our organization would not be able to provide the resources, raise the awareness, or provide the teratments that have touched and changed so many lives. There is a bright future ahead of us and together, we will continue to enhance the lives of so many people."
The Blue Horizon Charitable Foundation is a recognized 501 (c) (3) organization, dedicated to increasing the awareness of global inequalities in healthcare, as well as providing charitable medical care and education to adults and children in impoverished areas. The foundation raises capital in order to support medical centers and clinics by providing medicines vital to basic human survival, by performing advanced medical treatments otherwise not accessible to certain geographic regions, and to finance research and development in stem cell therapies and cellular regenerative medicine. BHCF also supports children around the world who have been orphaned as a result of disease and/or war. In order to raise awareness of these situations, BHCF produces documentary films that bring much needed attention to the plight of those with limited or no access to healthcare. The provision of these resources to less developed areas enables the medically underserved to benefit from high quality care and treatment. For more information please visit www.bluehorizonfoundation.org.