Ellen and Jim Marcus with Roy Goodman

Erika Aron, Gladys George and
Barbara Kummel

Celestial Stardust Gala
A Heavenly Success

Story by Edward T. Callaghan
Photos by Brad Hess

NDER the direction of a team of creative co-chairs Kay and John McEnroe and Judy and Will Hiltz, and dinner chair Caroline A. Davis, the Waldorf-Astoria’s Grand Ballroom was transformed into a cosmic fantasyland for the Lenox Hill Hospital Stardust Ball. The Milky Way setting, aglow with glittering stars and comets, was the perfect backdrop for this heavenly celebration of the hospital's dedicated doctors, nurses and staff.

It was also the ideal setting for the acknowledgment of the hospital’s stars, the recipients of its prestigious Medal of Distinction. Five stellar New Yorkers were singled out for this honor: Erika K. Aron and Barbara W. Kummel for Volunteer Leadership, Theodore L. Sann for Creative Excellence, Dr. Armando E. Grassi for Medical Excellence, Senator Roy M. Goodman for Community Service and Mike Wallace for Excellence in Journalism.

For the second year, Patrick Bonomo’s Epicurean Productions played brilliantly on the event’s theme with a dazzling display of conjurers, wizards, psychics and card readers to the delight of the bejeweled and begowned audience.

President Gladys George was thrilled with the $ 2.4 million raised for emergency care and community programs.

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