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8th Annual Black & White Ball Raises Nearly $270,000 for Winthrop’s Cancer Center for Kids - Archived
June 3, 2014

Guests at Winthrop-University Hospital’s Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) Eighth Annual Black and White Ball, which took place on April 24 at Oheka Castle in Huntington, had a chance to be immortalized in a Nelson DeMille novel or join the audience for “Dancing with the Stars.” It was silent auction items such as these that helped the event, which brought together more than 350 members of the business, medical and philanthropic communities raise close to $270,000 to benefit the Center’s psychosocial and creative arts therapy programs.

The Ball, emceed by WCBS Radio’s Sophia Hall, honored Montebello, NY, residents Doug and Lynda-Feeley Calvin and the Calvin family, whose personal dedication and legendary generosity are at the very heart of the Center’s crusade against pediatric cancer. The Ball marked a special celebration for young Colby Calvin, who was treated at the CCFK and is five years chemo-free.

The program began with a warm welcome from John F. Collins, Winthrop’s President and CEO. Pediatric Development Manager Linda Sweeney applauded the Calvins for their substantial support.

“They were there with us from the very beginning for our very first Ball. They, like so many others in this room, helped our Center take an idea and turn it into a major event, not only for CCFK but for Winthrop-University Hospital. We would not be here tonight were it not for Lynda, Doug, and family,” she said.

Mark Weinblatt, MD, Chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Winthrop and Director of the CCFK, also thanked the Calvin family for their longstanding devotion, and fondly recalled Colby as a fun and energetic patient. Doug Calvin was grateful for his son’s recovery, stating that: “The Center treats the patient, not just the disease…When a child enters the Cancer Center for Kids, they are not entering a sterile clinic, they are entering a place as safe as their home. The CCFK blends the best medicine with the best experience for patient and family.”

Colby seconded that—amazingly—with anecdotes about the “good times” he had at the Center while being successfully treated for pediatric cancer.

Dr. Weinblatt presented awards to Ball Feature Sponsors John and Tara Schmitt, founders of Charlie’s Champions Foundation, and Rich and Ali Volpe, volunteers and philanthropists, praising them for their ongoing commitment and advocacy on the Center’s behalf.

The Cancer Center for Kids, a member of the prestigious national Children’s Oncology Group, is Nassau County’s largest outpatient facility for treating children with cancer and blood disorders. For more information about Winthrop’s CCFK, please contact Linda Sweeney at (516) 663-9400 or visit

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