AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
Prince Dimitri of
Yugoslavia and Evelyn Lauder
Charlotte Ford and David
Don and Kathy Distasio
Joe and Sherri
Dee Dee Ricks
Paula Zahn and Perri Peltz
New York Chapter Supports
Hope Lodge Cancer Patients
HE New York chapter of the American Cancer
Society’s dinner benefited ACS’s four-year old Hope Lodge, a
home away from home for cancer patients from outside the New
York area who are in the city for treatment.
Diana Feldman, chairman of ACS Special
Events, introduced Paula Zahn who served as emcee of the event
at the St. Regis Roof in New York.
Jon Meacham, executive editor and executive
vice president of Random House, presented the Humanitarian Award
to Perri Peltz, journalist and public health advocate.
Charlotte Ford presented the Man of
Achievement Award to David Patrick Columbia, editor and
co-founder of the website New York Social Diary and an editor at
Marvin Hamlisch entertained with a musical
selection from A Chorus Line. He followed with a song he
composed for the American Cancer Society, Soon, performed
by Gary Mauer. The song looks forward to the time when
everyone can celebrate the triumph over cancer.
Co-chairmen of the evening were Gigi and Harry Benson,
Diana and Richard Feldman, Charlotte Ford,
Brenda and Howard Johnson, Margo Langenberg,
Jean and Martin Shafiroff, and Barbara
and Donald Tober.
Among the guests were Prince
Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Evelyn Lauder, Cynthia and
Dan Lufkin, Muffie Potter Aston, Richard Ziegelasch,
Kathy and Don Distasio, Francine LeFrak and
Rick Friedberg, Gillian and Sylvester Miniter, Lauren
and John Veronis, Sherri and Joe Abruzzese,
Dr. Harold Freeman, Sara and
Charles Ayres, Sharon Bush, Hilary and Joseph Califano,
Bonnie Comley and Stewart Lane, Arlene Dahl and
Marc Rosen, Cece Cord, Ralph Destino, Alexandra Lebenthal
and Jay Diamond, Robert Caravaggi, Jeffrey Hirsch, Rochelle
Hirsch, Grace and Chris Meigher, Judy Price, Eric
Ruttenberg, and Mady Schuman and Topsy Taylor.
For many cancer patients, treatment at New York City's
medical centers offers the greatest hope, but that means they
must leave their home, adding the burden of travel and lodging.
Hope Lodge provides 60 private home-like guest rooms. Each guest
floor includes a community kitchen and dining area, a quiet
lounge and laundry facilities. And it is free to patients and