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A Record Yuletide Ball Raises Pivotal Funds for NYU Winthrop's Child Life Program
January 15, 2018
A Record Yuletide Ball Raises Pivotal Funds for NYU Winthrop's Child Life ProgramGarden City residents, Michael and Kathryn Rafferty, hosts of NYU Winthrop Hospital’s 2017 Yuletide Ball.

Mineola, NY — When a child is hospitalized, it is common for both the parents and the child to experience a range of emotions. At NYU Winthrop Hospital, there is a vital program that is dedicated to helping patients and their families understand and cope with the Hospital experience – the Child Life Program. The program, which is supported entirely by philanthropic contributions, is a fundamental component of the superior pediatric care for which NYU Winthrop is known. That is why recently, members of the Garden City community, friends and supporters of NYU Winthrop came together for a festive evening to raise funds to benefit the program. The 2017 Yuletide Ball, graciously hosted by Michael and Kathryn Rafferty in their beautiful Garden City home, was the most successful Yuletide event to-date, raising more than $312,000 for the Child Life Program at NYU Winthrop.

“We were honored to host the Yuletide Ball,” said the Raffertys, who are long-time, ardent supporters of the program. “The Child Life Program and its incredible staff have been so wonderful, helping so many children and providing a support system for families in difficult times.”

A Record Yuletide Ball Raises Pivotal Funds for NYU Winthrop's Child Life ProgramThe 2017 Yuletide Ball Committee Amanda Wood, Nicole Foster, Sandy DeMille, Liz Golden, Mary Beth Tully, Sheila Heslin, Michelle Clark, Katy Cole, Kathryn Rafferty, Host & Chair, Mary Liz Kade, Suzanne Ferrucci, Tara Schmitt and Paula McGovern.

Over the years, NYU Winthrop’s Yuletide Ball has raised more than $2.9 million in support of the Child Life Program. Through the program, Certified Child Life Specialists utilize therapeutic play, arts and crafts, entertainment and other diversions to ensure that the hospital experience is as stress-free as possible for children and their families. A vital program across the full spectrum of inpatient, outpatient and emergency services at NYU Winthrop, Child Life continues to expand to meet the growing needs of patients and their families.

A Record Yuletide Ball Raises Pivotal Funds for NYU Winthrop's Child Life Program(l-r) Charles M. Strain, Chairman of the Board of Directors for NYU Winthrop Hospital; Joseph Greco, MD, Chief Medical Officer at NYU Winthrop; James F. McCann, member of NYU Winthrop’s Board of Directors; and John F. Collins, President and CEO of NYU Winthrop Hospital.

“We deeply appreciate the community’s long-time support of our Child Life Program. Through events like these, we can continue to garner the much needed support for such a crucial program at NYU Winthrop,” said Leonard Krilov, MD, Chairman of Pediatrics at NYU Winthrop.

For more information about NYU Winthrop's Child Life Program, visit or call 1-866-WINTHROP.