60th Anniversary Celebration Raises $1.3M for Cancer Research

The Grand Ballroom of New York’s Plaza Hotel was the setting for a very special event on November 11. The occasion was a dinner marking two important milestones in Einstein history: the 60th anniversary of the College of Medicine’s founding and 60 years of philanthropic leadership provided by the Einstein Women’s Division to help advance the medical school’s mission to improve human health. The evening’s honorees, Broadway producer Daryl Roth and Einstein Overseer Benjamin J. Winter, received the Albert Einstein Humanitarian Award for their dedicated service to the College of Medicine. Jordan Roth, a theatrical producer who is Ms. Roth’s son, donated his time and talent as emcee. Guests enjoyed a special performance by stars from the Tony Award–winning show Kinky Boots.

Proceeds from the 60th Anniversary Celebration of the Women’s Division and Albert Einstein College of Medicine totaled $1,350,000. The funds will help support vital research into men’s and women’s cancers, including ovarian, cervical, uterine, breast, prostate, lung, colon and pancreatic cancers and leukemia.

The Einstein Women’s Division was formed in 1953 by a group of influential New York women. They were inspired by the dream of a new medical school, grounded in the humanistic values and scientific excellence embodied by Albert Einstein, that would welcome students regardless of religion, race, gender or creed—a revolutionary concept at that time. The division has since raised millions of dollars to support medical research and education at Einstein, which opened in 1955.

Proceeds from the 60th Anniversary Celebration of the Women’s Division and Albert Einstein College of Medicine totaled $1,350,000.

Daryl Roth
Daryl Roth

Daryl Roth, whose theatrical ventures have earned the highest accolades, including the Pulitzer Prize and multiple Tony Awards, has been an active board member of the Women’s Division for many years. In 2002, she received the division’s Spirit of Achievement Award in recognition of her extraordinary professional accomplishments.

Benjamin Winter
Benjamin Winter

Ben Winter, a principal of a noted family-owned real estate investment, development and management firm, has served on the Einstein Board of Overseers since 2009. As a member of the executive committee, he contributes his time and expertise to helping advance Einstein’s mission. He and his wife, Susan, are Benefactors and leading supporters of biomedical research at the College of Medicine. Mr. Winter is also a strong supporter of education, both in the United States and Israel, and of the arts.

Carol Roaman, Women’s Division president, chaired the event; dinner co-chairs were Linda and Earle Altman, Judy and Ron Baron, Renée E. and Robert A. Belfer, Carol and Roger Einiger, Ruth L. and David S. Gottesman, Janet and Arthur Hershaft, Ronnie Heyman, Karen and David Mandelbaum, Pamela and Edward S. Pantzer, and Kathy and Samuel G. Weinberg; Burton P. Resnick served as journal chair.