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Memphis, Tenn. – (November 16, 2009 ) – On November 12 more than 550 members of the Wall Street community gathered at Pier Sixty in New York City for the 20th anniversary "Taste of New York" event, which helps raise funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®, one of the world's premier pediatric cancer research centers. This year's event raised more than $1.6 million for St. Jude, bringing the Wall Street community's 20-year fundraising total to nearly $30 million.
"The people of Wall Street have shown a remarkable ability, even during these difficult economic times, to raise the critical funds needed by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to fuel the research and treatment that will save children's lives," said Richard C. Shadyac Jr., CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising organization of St. Jude. "We are so grateful for the Wall Street community's unwavering support of St. Jude. They are truly helping to make a difference in the lives of children in communities everywhere."
Event attendees mingled as they sampled cuisine from some of New York's finest establishments, including Bobby Van's Steakhouse, Dawat Restaurant, Delmonico's, Vermont Butter & Cheese Co., STK, Carlyle Restaurant, Pier Sixty Restaurant, Pop Burger, Grotta Azzurra, A.J. Maxwell's Steakhouse and Harry's. Guests worked up an appetite with silent and live auctions of a number of one-of-a-kind items, including a visit for four to the set of NBC's Emmy award-winning show "The Office." Andy Buckley, who plays "David Wallace" on the popular show, attended the event to help generate excitement for this auction item. Additional auction items included the chance to watch a Rangers game from a luxury suite with Mark Messier and a private plane to a villa in the Baker's Bay Golf & Ocean Club.
According to Cathy Wilson-Rosen, a senior trader at Zweig-DiMenna Associates and "Taste of New York" co-chair, "This year's ‘Taste of New York' was a great success because of the deep commitment the Wall Street community holds for St. Jude's mission to find cures and save children. By investing in St. Jude, we know we're investing in hope for the future for some of the sickest kids in the world."
The evening's entertainment was graciously donated by the Skipp Pearson Jazz Foundation. Robert McCann, a long-time event co-chair, as well as Thomas C. Quick, member of the National Committee of the ALSAC/St. Jude Boards of Directors and Governors, and John Lattanzio, both of whom helped found the event, were honored for their roles in making the "Taste of New York" a success. Presenting sponsors for this year's "Taste of New York" event were SAC Capital, Bank of America - Merrill Lynch and The Willits Foundation.
The "Taste of New York" is organized by the Wall Street Committee, which consists of more than 60 investment professionals representing nearly every major stock and investment firm in the industry. Created in 1989, the Wall Street Committee was originally comprised of 16 Wall Street executives. The committee was formed in response to an appeal from St. Jude founder Danny Thomas.
About St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. Founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatments not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family's inability to pay. St. Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its fundraising organization. For more information, please visit www.stjude.org.