Children’s Cancer & Blood Foundation Announces 2014 Breakthrough Ball Gala Honoree Vincent Tese

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The Children’s Cancer & Blood Foundation (CCBF) is delighted to announce that Vincent Tese, Chairman of FCB Financial Holdings, will be accepting the 2014 “Breakthrough Spirit” award at the annual Breakthrough Ball benefit gala on Tuesday, November 18th at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

Honorees and guests at the 2013 Breakthrough Ball.

'I have had the privilege of witnessing the discovery and development of new treatments that have changed the lives of children across the world thanks to funds raised each year at the Breakthrough Ball.' - Les Lieberman, CCBF Chairman.

The Children’s Cancer & Blood Foundation (CCBF) is delighted to announce that Vincent Tese, Chairman of FCB Financial Holdings, will be accepting the 2014 “Breakthrough Spirit” award at the annual Breakthrough Ball benefit gala on Tuesday, November 18th at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Funds raised at this inspiring event enable us to provide critical medication, chemotherapy and other life-saving treatments to children with cancer and blood diseases treated at the Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology of New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

The Foundation’s Chairman, Les Lieberman, spoke appreciatively of all those participating in this year’s event, saying “I have had the privilege of witnessing the discovery and development of new treatments that have changed the lives of children across the world thanks to funds raised each year at the Breakthrough Ball. Without the support of our generous donors, these breakthroughs would not be possible.”

A social highlight of the season, the gala has featured an impressive collection of honorees. Past “Breakthrough Spirit” recipients include former CBS Evening News Anchor Katie Couric, media entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner, six-time NBA All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire and Margo & John Catsimatidis of Red Apple Group/Gristedes Foods. Vincent joins this acclaimed group through his longtime dedication to philanthropic endeavors benefiting children and healthcare-related causes. CCBF is pleased to be honoring Vincent’s tireless efforts on behalf of others and his longtime support of this organization.

Each year, the Breakthrough Ball is a tremendous success with over 400 prominent guests contributing more than $1 million to support the vital work of CCBF doctors and researchers. The funds raised from this one extraordinary evening help sustain the Division’s clinical and research programs throughout the year.

Long-time CCBF supporter, actor, commentator and philanthropist, Charles Grodin will return as emcee. Benjamin Doller will act as auctioneer for the luxurious live auction. The inspirational program will conclude with a pledge item that will give guests the opportunity to change a child’s life by funding an entire year of chemotherapy treatment. Topping off this magical evening will be a spectacular performance by the Alumni from Broadway’s Jersey Boys.

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For over 60 years, CCBF has been proud to support our extraordinary team of doctors and researchers. CCBF’s support has attracted and retained a group of world-renowned experts on the treatment of multiple pediatric blood disorders and cancers, including thalassemia, hemophilia, sickle-cell anemia and leukemia. CCBF researchers have received international recognition for their work and are on the cusp of breakthroughs predicted to change the way the medical community treats children with cancer and blood diseases. Each year, our physicians treat more than 500 children through more than 8,000 inpatient and outpatient visits. Due in large part to funds raised at the Gala, CCBF is able to continue to support the life-saving work of these incredible doctors and researchers.

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