Marty Markowitz Joins NYM to Raise Money for Employee Hurricane Victims

Borough President Marty Markowitz Joins New York Methodist Hospital to Raise Money for Employee Hurricane Victims

Dec 6, 2012

Brooklyn, NY

Sherbell Markowitz and Red Stocking smiling for a photo

Left to right, Stanley Sherbell, MD, NYM executive vice president for medical affairs and Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Borough President.

On Wednesday, November 28, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz joined New York Methodist Hospital (NYM) staff members, friends, and neighbors for the Hospital's Red Stocking Soirée. The Soirée is a part of NYM's annual Red Stocking appeal - the oldest holiday fundraising drive in the country, dating back to 1925. However, this year's Red Stocking Soirée carried a special purpose: to raise money to aid NYM employees who were most severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

Over a month after the "superstorm," a number of NYM employees remain displaced by the destruction. Others are still in the early stages of rebuilding and repairing the extraordinary damage that Sandy brought to their homes. Despite the circumstances, those employees still come to work, day in and day out (and sometimes night in and night out), dedicated to the Hospital and to the care of their patients. The goal of the Red Stocking Soirée was to help them get a little bit closer to the homes they knew before the storm.

Over 150 guests attended the Soirée, and Park Slope restaurants were on hand as well to provide culinary delights, fine wines and beverages to all. Participants included Anthony's on 4th, Backyard, Baluchi's, Benchmark, Caramello, Casa Ventura, Faros Restaurant, La Bagel Delight, Okeanos, Pinkberry, Piramide Mexican Restaurante, Zito's Sandwich Shoppe and NYM's own executive chef, Jack Wolfe. The event also featured a silent auction and raffle of numerous prizes.

One of the night's highlights was the speech delivered by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, who praised the Hospital for the service it provides the Brooklyn community, and complimented the administration and staff for their work in making NYM one of Brooklyn's most successful providers of health care.

"While the praise, food and prizes were a wonderful part of the evening, they weren't what made the night special," said Mark J. Mundy, president and CEO of the Hospital. "NYM has been a part of this community for over 130 years, working to help our patients and their families through some very difficult hours. To President Markowitz, and all who attended the Red Stocking Soirée, you have our heartfelt thanks for sharing in that spirit."

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