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Even Masters of the Universe Fear the Reaper

by AVENUE insider Photographed by Sean Zanni/PMC
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Another night, another Hamptons benefit, this one at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, NY on Saturday. Only it’s the rare one like the Prostate Cancer Foundation annual gala supporting the 13th Annual Charles Evans PCF Pro-Am Tennis Tournament that attracts a dressed-down batch of America’s best-known and (some might say) most notorious financiers, hedgies, quants, private equiteers, and investors…and the often-stunning women who grace their arms.

No wonder the organizers told AVENUE no press would be seated at an event hosted by PCF founder, cancer survivor (and controversial former financier) Michael Milken, and attended by the need-no-introduction likes of cancer survivor David Koch, Bill Ackman, and Tom Lee.

Also in the crowd for dinner and a performance by Kool & The Gang were a batch of tennis pros present and past, Charles Evans’ widow Bonnie Pfiefer Evans, David and Sybil Yurman, Jonathan and Sheryl Sokoloff, Gina Rinehart, Frederick Anderson Dr. Francis Collins, the Director of the National Institutes of Health, Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, Jerry and Adrianne Cohen, Mitch Modell, Larry Leeds, and Igor Tulchinsky.

No surprise given the crowd, a live auction was also held. Fifteen attendees donated $75,000 each per year for one to three year commitments to support the research of a young scientist and his or her research in prostate cancer. The live auction package also included the chance to attend four Major League Baseball games with Milken. Glenn Myles successfully bid $100,000 and was matched by a second bid for an second package by Arik Kislin.

PCF is the world’s leading philanthropic organization funding and accelerating prostate cancer research. Founded in 1993, PCF has raised more than $700 million and provided funding to more than 2,000 research programs at more than 200 cancer centers and universities. The PCF global research enterprise now extends to 19 countries. PCF advocates for greater awareness of prostate cancer and more efficient investment of governmental research funds for transformational cancer research. Its efforts has helped produce a 20-fold increase in government funding for prostate cancer.

PCF has recently partnered with the Veterans Administration to fast track better treatment and research opportunities for underserved veterans. The event raised over $4 million.


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