Cancer Nonprofit Rhonda’s Kiss Hosted its Annual Gala Raising Funds for the Maimonides’ Patient Care Program
The Rhonda’s Kiss ‘Legacy of Love’ gala took place at the newly opened hotel and members club The Ned NoMad helmed by Richie Akiva in Manhattan, New York on September 7, 2022to kick off Fashion Week, benefitting Maimonides Health. Rhonda’s Kiss has partnered with Maimonides Health for their inaugural New York gala. The ‘Legacy of Love’ Gala will be chaired by Executive Chairman Marc Stefanski, Film Producer/Actor Kyle Stefanski, Executive Director at Rhonda’s Kiss, Film Director/Actor Danny A. Abeckaser, Global Hospitality Entrepreneur Richie Akiva, Film Producer Eustace Montgomery Hicks, and Midtown Equities President Michael Cayre.
Notable attendees included chairs and hosts Danny A. Abeckaser, Richie Akiva, Kyle Stefanski, Michael Cayre, Eustace Montgomery Hicks, along with Lukas Haas, Scott Bloom, Noah Tepperberg, Luca Bella Facinelli, Stevie Guttman, comedian Mike Young, director Eytan Rockaway, Diana Madison, artist Alex Cohen, artist King Saldeen, Jus Ske and Pookie who performed DJ sets and celebrity violinist Demola as well as a jazz band led by Katie Welch.
Featured memorial tributes included Rhonda Stefanski, Avner Abeckaser and Shawn Regruto who all lost their battle to cancer leaving both loved ones and loving memories behind. The Gala honored their legacies with the Legacy of Love gala and these special memorial tributes by Chair members. The Legacy of Love host committee includes Emile Hirsch, John Powers Middleton, Bryan Greenberg, Peter Facinelli, Robert Davi, Eytan Rockaway, Ali Lasky, Heshy Augenbaum and Jus Ske. Special awards included the Leadership Award to Paul Scialla, co-founder and CEO of Delos, a New York based wellness real estate and technology firm, with more to be announced that evening.
Proceeds from the Rhonda’s Kiss ‘Legacy of Love’ Gala will support non-medical services at the award-winning Maimonides Cancer Center in Brooklyn to fund their Patient Care Program. Funding needs include Lymphedema/Compression DMEs, which most insurances do not cover; rent and mortgage payments, childcare, transportation to and from treatment, ambulance transportation for patients who need bed-to-bed transportation as they continue to experience difficulties, wigs, groceries, household supplies, parking, utility bills, holistic therapy, home health aides, and education on how to access telehealth/virtual support groups, as well as incontinence supplies, and more. This is all part of their Patient Care Program funded by Rhonda’s Kiss.
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The night kicked off with a red carpet, musical acts including guest performances throughout the evening highlighted by a live jazz band featuring Katie Welch, a silent and live auction, video tributes, presentations, award honors and more. Celebrity Violinist Demola is set to perform as well as featured DJ sets by Jus Ske and Pookie.
The evening highlighted The Ned NoMad’s specialty craft cocktails, and delicious cuisine by The Ned NoMad’s acclaimed executive chef Brian VanderGast. Cocktails featured El Cristiano Ultra Premium Tequila, guests enjoyed Peroni Nastro Azzurro and Skurnik Wines’ The Pinot Project, all supporters of this year’s gala, as well as Zero Cost Fundraising, among others.