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"Sunshine in the City" Benefit a Great Success

On May 1st, 2012 Project Sunshine hosted its Ninth Annual Benefit Celebration, Sunshine in the City, at the Hilton New York to culminate Project Sunshine Week in New York City.

Sunshine in the City was a huge success, raising over $700,000 to support programs that reach over 60,000 children and their family members worldwide each year. Project Sunshine board member Dr. Bernard Rosof presented the top award to the evening's honoree, Michael J. Dowling, President and CEO of North Shore-LIJ Health System, for his commendable work to improve the lives of children facing medical challenges.

Over 500 guests gathered in the Grand Ballroom to help raise funds and awareness for Project Sunshine, including celebrities such as musical icon Dionne Warwick, New York Giants David Diehl and Hakeem Nicks, Sports Illustrated models Christine Teigen and Damaris Lewis, models Joan Smalls and Constance Jablonski, Sesame Street´s Sonia Manzano and Bob McGrath, and many more.

Special Recognition was given to Dr. Thomas Farley, the New York City Health Commissioner, who was introduced by Meredith Vieira of NBC News. Ms. Vieira and Maurice DuBois led the evening´s festivities as emcees. Ace Greenberg and his Merry Magicians entertained guests during the cocktail hour with sleight of hand and other impressive magic tricks. Dinner began with a performance by the talented young dancers of the Niall O´Leary School of Irish Dance. Leigh and Leslie Keno of Keno Auctions and Sotheby's, respectively, presided over an exciting live auction. Cat Greenleaf introduced recording artist Darius Rucker of Grammy Award-winning band Hootie & The Blowfish, who closed out the evening with an energetic acoustic performance. Beautiful floral arrangements brightened the room, thanks to Zezé Flowers, who generously donated centerpieces to Sunshine in the City.

Project Sunshine Gala Attendees

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Upcoming Project Sunshine Events

September 4, 2012 - Join Project Sunshine for it´s second Second Annual Golf Classic at the Century Country Club in Purchase, NY.
November 4, 2012 - Project Sunshine is proud to be a Community Charity Partner for this year´s ING New York City Marathon.