Last night The Marfan Foundation Heartworks Gala held their annual benefit at Cipriani in NYC and honored Carolyn Levering, Emeritus CEO of The Marfan Foundation for her 20 years of service and support to the foundation that has to date raised over $10 million dollars for research and to help the nearly 200,000 people afflicted with this disease in the US.
Former Baylor University basketball star Isaiah Thomas received the courage award for his inspiration and courage to others, especially kids and teenagers after being diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome a few days before being a potential first round Draft pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.
Tony nominated actor James Naughton was emcee for the evening and encouraged all guests to donate what they could in a live auction type way. Broadway star Megan Hilty provided the entertainment with her beautiful voice.
In attendance were celebrity guests Jill Martin, Karen Murray(President of Nautica), Walt Clyde Frazier, Janice Huff, Michael Bloomberg, and a variety of socialites, Wallstreet execs, and tastemakers.
For more info on Marfan or to donate visit Marfan.org