Frank Field and Dr. Alisan Goldfarb
RANK FIELD had to sit
through a lengthy introduction as Dr. Yashar Hirshaut, president of
the Israel Cancer Research Fund, proudly enumerated all his
a fixture on New York television for 42 years in forecasting the weather
and reporting on health issues.
When the WOR-TV meteorologist
finally rose to accept the group’s Media Recognition Award, he cracked,
“I have aged considerably in the last five minutes.”
The veteran newsman turns down
countless requests for honors. Why did he accept this award at the ICRF
23d annual Tower of Hope Ball at the Waldorf-Astoria?
He said he got a collect call at
3:30 in the morning, waking him from a deep sleep.
“Dr. Frank Field?” the person
“ICRF wants to honor you as the
most outstanding newscaster in New York.”
“Why me? What about Dan
Rather, Tom Brokaw or Peter Jennings?”
“Oh, they wouldn’t accept the
Stockbroker Ephraim Propp,
whose wife Gail was dinner co-chair, gave Field a unique definition
of meteorologist: “That’s a guy who looks into a girl’s eyes to see
Board chairman Leah Susskind
announced that ICRF raised $22 million in its 22 years, which was used to
fund 1,212 creative researchers in Israel.
Dinner co-chair Lynne Meadow,
producer/director of the Manhattan Theater Group, presented the
humanitarian award to Dr. Alisan Goldfarb who specializes in breast
cancer at Mount Sinai Hospital.
“I spend a lot of time casting
shows,” Meadow said. “I would never in a million years cast Alison in
the role of surgeon.
“Here’s this great looking
blond with long manicured fingernails in a short tight skirt and high
heels. This can’t be a doctor!"
Then Meadow told how she quickly
changed her perception.
“Alisan told me I had breast
cancer. She took my hand and assured me. She understood both my vanity and
terror. I’m one of thousands she saved.”
Alisan Goldfarb, who looks
terrific at 50, thanked all the doctors at the dinner for supporting
cancer research in Israel.
want to thank the plastic surgeons who are here this evening who will help
me age gracefully when the time comes!”