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Chevy Chase (right) and
Dr. Angelo Acquista

Chevy Chases Jokes
For Benefit’s Success

Story by Nina & Tim Boxer
Photos by Rob Rich

HEVY CHASE was all excited being asked to emcee the first annual benefit for AppleCare Foundation. He thought the goodie bags had computers.

“I suppose,” he sighed, “six thyroid tablets and a roll of duct tape is just as good.”

That elicited giggles from the elegant dinner guests at Cipriani 42nd Street, including Ivana Trump, former Gov. Hugh L. Carey, Denise Rich, Boaz Mazor, Count Roffredo Gaetani, Laura Steinberg, Nikki Haskell, Jeffrey Steiner, Agnes Beaugendre, Elizabeth Fekkai, Tony Murray, Larry and Denise Wohl, columnist Ward Morehouse III, and radio personality Aaron Braunstein.

AppleCare, the New York-based organization founded by Dr. Angelo Acquista and Steven Hochberg, strives to raise public awareness of health care issues. Acquista, an honorary police surgeon, is clinical instructor in the intensive care unit of Lenox Hill Hospital.

“If they’re serious about their mission,” the irrepressible Chevy remarked, “somebody would go back to the kitchen and tell the chef to put on a hair net.”

Steven Hochberg and wife

It was that kind of gala – humorous speeches and lively dancing to a great-sounding Italian band named Calibro 9. They had everybody on the dance floor.

Yes, Chevy too was caught up in the excitement of the evening. “Have you walked by the silent auction?” he asked. “I hope nobody outbids me on those roundtrip tickets to Toronto.”

The goodie bags, by the way, contained The Survival Guide by Dr. Acquista (Random House, 2003, $12.95). It’s an important book packed with critical information how to protect yourself in a biological, chemical or nuclear emergency.

Ever the comic, Chevy said he found the book quite comforting: “It was so reassuring, that near the end I was hoping a dirty bomb would go off just so I wouldn’t have to finish reading it.”

Ivana Trump and Boaz Mazor

Every goodie bag also had two Acquista medical booklets: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) Health and Safety Guide and 911 Pack: First Aid and Emergency Response. To get copies call AppleCare at 212 688-0635 or

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