2013 Feinstein Institute Summer Concert
Summer Benefit Concert Raised More Than $1.5 Million for Feinstein Institute
The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research held its eighth annual summer concert on Wednesday, July 17, at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Oyster Bay, NY. Taking center stage to perform for this private benefit was multi-platinum singer and songwriter, Kelly Clarkson, who is also known as the original American Idol.
The Feinstein Institute, the research enterprise of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, has made important discoveries in many therapeutic areas including cancer, inflammation, autoimmune disorders, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. Ms. Clarkson was drawn to the Feinstein Institute because of its success in shedding light on what triggers those diseases, which affect millions of Americans.
Emceeing the evening was Good Morning America’s weather anchor, Sam Champion. Champion, who shared his thoughts about the benefit on the Thursday, July 18th edition of Good Morning America, also commented at the event on the record-setting $1.5 million raised and the important work being conducted at the Feinstein Institute. “Your attendance here tonight validates the research already in progress at the Feinstein, and now, more than ever, with reduced government funding, tighter budgets and diminished support from the National Institutes of Health, philanthropy is playing a greater role.”
Kevin J. Tracey, MD, president of the Feinstein Institute, said during the program at the concert, “The mission of the Feinstein Institute is to discover the basis for curing disease…There is no better way to celebrate our progress to date, and to rededicate ourselves to the unfinished work – to completing our journey, to discovering cures – than by coming together with music.”
The evening also included the announcement of the 2013 Fellowship Award in honor of Barbara and Donald Zucker, who are long-time supporters of the North Shore-LIJ Health System. Ms. Zucker currently serves as the chairwoman of the Feinstein Institute Board of Directors and a trustee of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, while Mr. Zucker serves on the executive committee of health system board of trustees. This year’s fellowship award was presented to Bart Peters, MD, PhD. Dr. Peters is a trainee in the Zucker Hillside Hospital and does research on schizophrenia, a major disease that affects young people in the prime of their lives with devastating and debilitating consequences. His promising work is opening a path for not only a bright future for him, but hope for people with this devastating disease.
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