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The Rockefeller University Champions Science for Good Cause

Thursday, March 21, 2013
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“Science with a heart,” describes The Rockefeller University’s Parents & Science initiative’s inaugural “Celebrating Science” benefit, a well-attended fundraiser that took place a few week back. Held at the university’s impressive Collaborative Research Center, guests had the chance to explore the building’s multiple levels and tour its scifi-worthy laboratories.


This year the event focused on the negative impacts of excess sugar and the health problems it causes in both children and adults.


The evening began with a presentation by Robert Lustig, M.D., who spoke out about the pervasive health concern. A pediatric endocrinologist at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Dr. Lustig is revered for his work studying the biological causes leading to obesity.


The event brought together scientists, child healthcare experts, committee members and parents of all ages—interested in promoting a healthy generation of youth. Notable New Yorkers mingled while enjoying a full buffet spread at the elegant reception that followed.


The night was underwritten by Julia and David Koch, who were in attendance among other co-chairs and committee members. Guests also included: Kate and Andy Spade, Rosanna Scotto, Natalie Kaplan, Betsy Pitts, Claudia Overstrom, Silvia Zoullas, Mary Snow, Alexia Hamm Ryan, Daniella and Greg Coules, Celerie Kemble and Boykin Curry, Sydney and Stanley Shuman, Marean and Thomas Pompidou, Kimberly Kravis Schulhof, Brian and Lauren Frank and Talbott and Carter Simonds.


The successful fundraising fête brought in over $1M towards a new Center for Research on Child and Adolescent Health as well as contributions for the university’s educational outreach initiatives for students and teachers.


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