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Gilda's Club Benefit
42nd Street (Across from Grand Central Station)
May 15, 2008

Written by Wendy R. Williams
Photographed of David Nicholas of Longivew Photography


Gilda's Club hosted its annual Benefit at New York's Cipriani on 42nd. Street. On hand was cyclist and cancer survivor, Lance Armstrong, who presented an award to the evening's honoree, Mort Topfer, an Austin, Texas based philanthropist and former Vice Chairman of Dell.

Gilda's Club is a charity that supports the families of cancer patients. Gilda's Club is named after the late great Gilda Radner, one of the original Saturday Night Live cast members. Gilda made many contributions to the world of comedy (she was one funny lady) before she succumbed to ovarian cancer at the age of forty-two, but the most famous one must be her shtick, "It's always something."

The evening’s entertainment was provided by singer Michael Amante and Rosie's Broadway Kids.

Here is a quote about the mission of Gilda's Club, from the Gilda's Club Website:
"To provide meeting places where men, women and children living with cancer, along with their families and friends, can join with others to build a personal network of social and emotional support as an integral part of cancer treatment. Free of charge and non-profit, Gilda's Clubs offer support and networking groups, seminars, workshops, specialized children's programs and social events, in a nonresidential and home-like setting. Funding is solicited from private individuals, corporations and foundations".


Michael Amante

Lance Armstrong and Lynn Fantom, CEO of I.D. Media

Mort Topfer, Bobbi Topfer and Lance Armstrong

Rosie's Broadway Kids

The Table Setting Featuring Red Shoe Laces


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