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Stars Turn Out for CancerCare’s Annual Spring Gala

(l-r): Honoree Jenny Bicks, actress Cynthia Nixon (co-starring in “The Big C”), CancerCare clients Peter Tilken and Christine Potters, and “The Big C” star Laura Linney.

New York, NY—More than 300 guests braved record-breaking heat and a powerful storm to attend CancerCare’s Annual Spring Gala in New York City on Thursday, June 9. CBS-TV Channel 2 medical correspondent Dr. Max Gomez hosted the event, which raised over $550,000 to benefit CancerCare’s free, professional support services for individuals and families affected by cancer.

CancerCare CEO Helen H. Miller, LCSW welcomes the evening’s guests.

This year’s event was CancerCare’s first at New York's iconic The Pierre, overlooking Central Park. The evening featured sumptuous cuisine and both silent and live auctions. Sotheby’s auctioneer extraordinaire C. Hugh Hildesley kept the excitement high as guests placed their bids on one-of-a-kind experiences, exotic luxury getaways, exclusive concerts and tours, designer merchandise, and gourmet food and wine packages.

(l-r): CancerCare Board President Susan Smirnoff with “The Big C” Creator Darlene Hunt, and M.C. Dr. Max Gomez.

CancerCare presented its coveted Help and Hope Award to television writer, producer, and breast cancer survivor Jenny Bicks, whose work on the hit series “Sex and the City” and Showtime’s “The Big C” brings awareness of cancer’s impact on people’s lives to mainstream audiences. Celebrated actress Laura Linney, who stars in “The Big C” as a suburban mom facing a diagnosis of late-stage melanoma, was on hand to personally present the award to Bicks.

Watch the videos of "The Big C" star Laura Linney presenting the Help and Hope Award to Executive Producer Jenny Bicks.

(l-r): Gala Committee Co-Chairs Susan Friedman and Board of Trustees Member Paul M. Friedman with guest, Priscilla Natkins.

The evening also included remarks by CancerCare clients Peter Tilken and Christine Potters. Christine and Peter, who have been married for 25 years, shared their poignant story of Christine’s ovarian cancer diagnosis, and how the free counseling they received from CancerCare helped them cope with the emotional challenges of cancer and its impact on their lives and relationship.

(l-r): Helen Miller with Showtime Chairman and CEO Matthew Blank, United Talent Agency's Jay Sures, Honoree Jenny Bicks, and Showtime Network's David Nevins.

CancerCare’s 2011 Annual Spring Gala was made possible by generous individual and corporate sponsors, including: The Gerbino Family Foundation, Guggenheim Securities, LLC, Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company, Bloomingdale’s, Collection 18, Lazard Capital Markets, and United Talent Agency.

Gala Dinner Committee Co-Chair Cornelia Spring (r) with Tamara and John Lundgren.

We extend our deepest gratitude for your continued support of our free, professional services for people affected by cancer. We hope to see you again next year!

Lisa and Robert Gerbino of the Gerbino Family Foundation, sponsor of the 2011 Spring Gala.

(l-r): CancerCare Board of Trustees member Dr. Linda Vadhat and Dr. Anne Moore.

To view more photos from the event, please visit
our photo gallery on CancerCare’s Facebook page.


CancerCare is a national non-profit organization that provides free professional support services to anyone affected by cancer: people with cancer, caregivers, children, loved ones, and the bereaved. CancerCare programs – including counseling and support groups, education, financial assistance and practical help – are provided by professional oncology social workers.

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