The first annual Young Professionals Fundraising Benefit for Silver Hill Hospital on Tuesday night brought a young and stylish crowd for a good cause. The event, put on by the junior committee, was held at the popular Midtown Manhattan eatery and lounge LAVO to raise funds for the hospital’s Scholarship Fund. The evening, attended by 130 guests, raised $21,000.
The attendees were a mix of the young, fashionable and socially aware, sporting cocktail dresses, gowns, suits and ties. DJ Cassidy’s mix of old school and smooth contemporary hits served as a lively backdrop to the event at the trendy nightclub, making it an ideal setting for reaching young philanthropists. LAVO tempted the guests with refined and sophisticated appetizers— mini tuna tartar, Caesar salad topped with steak and brick oven pizzas, as well as bite-size indulgences, from macaroons to cannoli.
A silent auction of an array of desirable items aimed at the young crowd included designer handbags and clothing, as well as priceless experiences and lessons, like boot camps and weekend ski getaways. The proceeds of the auction also went to the Scholarship Fund.
Silver Hill Hospital, a non-profit hospital in Canaan, CT, was established in 1931 by renowned psychiatrist Dr. John Millet. It is recognized for its excellent patient care and multilayered and individualized programs. The goal of the benefit was to raise awareness of the hospital and funds for the Scholarship Fund, which provides financial assistance for patients in need, an important element of Silver Hill’s mission to treat mental illness and addiction.
Dr. Sigurd Ackerman, President and Medical Director of Silver Hill Hospital, introduced Jaime Gleicher, a steering committee member, to speak to the attendees. In Ms. Gleicher’s personal and evocative remarks, she underlined the importance of the hospital to her and others. She described how the hospital gave her the courage to heal herself, and that the empathy she exhibits as a social worker is a direct reflection of what she experienced at Silver Hill. Kate Gibson, another member of the steering committee, said that she shared Ms. Gleicher’s dedication and gratefulness to the hospital, as it also gave her a second chance. Ms. Gibson added that she is always happy to be a part of events that support the hospital and its cause.
In addition to Ms. Gleicher and Ms. Gibson, the steering committee included Gregg Bard, Donald Carey, Jr., Erich Carey, Hugh L. Carey II, Ceci Cleary, Jacquelyn Sherry Coombe, Amanda Fialk, Craig Gibson, Jr., Michael Gleicher, Susan C. Griffin, Rachel Heller, Jamie Krauss Hess, Jocelyn Levy, Roland Morris III, Jen Namoff, Paige Pedersen, Mackie Pilsbury, Brendan Regan, Lance Robinson, Annunziata Francesca Sahid, Matt and Linette Semino, Maureen and Ben Stapleton, and Pamela Suskind.