NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children's Hospital Raises $1.8 Million at Annual Plates for Pediatrics Event

Event Collaborator Saks Fifth Avenue Helped Raise Funds for Pediatric Services

Feb 5, 2018

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From left to right: Dara Quinlan, Tracy Margolies, Kate Davis, Amanda Waldron, Dr. Laura Forese, Dr. Gerald Loughlin, Candice Miller, Sana Clegg, Travis Acquavella, Merrill Curtis, Jessie Kisling

New York - NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children’s Hospital raised $1.8 million at the eighth annual Plates for Pediatrics benefit. A collaboration with luxury retailer, Saks Fifth Avenue, the benefit drew over 500 attendees to the Mandarin Oriental New York on February 1.

The benefit was co-hosted by Dr. Laura L. Forese, executive vice president and chief operating officer of NewYork-Presbyterian and Dr. Gerald M. Loughlin, pediatrician-in-chief at NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children's Hospital, along with the Pediatric Support Committee and the Children’s Advisory Council.

The event raised funds for several hospital-based pediatric programs including: Child Life Services, a program that alleviates children’s fears surrounding the hospital experience by offering activities geared to the social, emotional and educational needs of young patients and their families; The Pediatric Simulation Center, an invaluable teaching resource in medical education that reduces medical errors, creates a culture of patient safety and improves patient care and the care of newborns; Clinical Genetics Services, providing evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and counseling for patients and families who have or are at risk for genetic conditions; and Residency Education, a three-year pediatric residency program designed to provide a supportive and educationally rich environment through which residents can develop into outstanding general pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists.

Guests included: Travis Acquavella, Allison Aston, Claire Capello, Arielle Charnas, Natasha de Mallmann, Candice Miller, Jennifer Oken, Marcie Pantzer and Erica Samuels. Stephanie Landess served as the evening’s auctioneer.

About NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children’s Hospital

NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children’s Hospital, together with Weill Cornell Medicine, provides the best available care in every area of pediatrics in a family-friendly and technologically advanced setting. NewYork-Presbyterian is the #1 hospital in the New York metropolitan area and is consistently ranked among the best academic medical institutions in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. For more information, visit

About Saks Fifth Avenue

Saks Fifth Avenue, one of the world’s preeminent specialty retailers, is renowned for its superlative American and international designer collections, its expertly edited assortment of handbags, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics and gifts, and the first-rate fashion expertise and exemplary client service of its Associates. As part of the Hudson’s Bay Company brand portfolio, Saks operates 41 full-line stores in 22 states and Canada, five international licensed stores, and, the company’s online store.

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