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Ninth Annual Black & White Ball Raises More Than $300,000 for Winthrop’s CCFK
June 11, 2015

The Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) at Winthrop-University Hospital held its Ninth Annual Black and White Ball at Oheka Castle on April 30, an exquisite evening that raised more than $300,000 to benefit the CCFK’s essential psychosocial programs.

The evening began with a warm welcome from Gala Emcee Sophia Hall of WCBS News Radio before Ashley Carlo, Manager at the CCFK, introduced a compelling new video, 6 Minutes at the CCFK, to the packed house. Mark Weinblatt, MD, Chief, Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Director, Cancer Center for Kids, thanked everyone for their support and described the facility’s focus on superior medicine and the pursuit of new research opportunities.

The event honored Donna-Marie Korth, a philanthropist and partner at Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP. Dr. Weinblatt presented Ms. Korth with her award, and praised her tireless dedication to giving back to the Center’s children and families.

“We can all agree that cancer and kids are two words you never want to hear in the same sentence,” remarked Ms. Korth in her acceptance speech. “But by adding just a few other words and making it The Cancer Center For Kids, you have transformed what can be a very lonely and daunting experience into one that is challenging, but something entirely different in a most positive and supportive way.”

Dr. Weinblatt gave the CCFK’s first Youth Philanthropic Award to Eric Ramsay IV, a senior at Bay Shore High School, for his fundraising efforts on the CCFK’s behalf. He also recognized John and Tara Schmitt, founders of Charlie’s Champions Foundation, and John Buran, CEO and President of Flushing Bank, for their ongoing support and commitment to helping the CCFK, its patients and their families. In addition, The Parts Authority, whose April 2015 tradeshow raised $30,000 to benefit this CCFK event, was acknowledged for its exceptional generosity.

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

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