Recently, the enCourage Kids Foundation (EKF) held its 38th Anniversary Hospitalized Children Benefit Gala at the exquisite Cipriani South Street. Coming together at Cipriani South Street, attendees celebrated Adam Doneger, Executive Vice Chairman Newmark, and Josh Cromer, Head of Credit Investments Rialto Capital as they were honored for their spirit of philanthropy.  Mount Sinai was also honored and was the first recipient of the Michele Hall Duncan Humanizing Healthcare Award. This award is in memoriam of EKF's late President & CEO Michele Hall Duncan for her over two decades of dedication of humanizing healthcare for pediatric patients and their families.

President & CEO Jean Butler took the stage inside the luxurious ballroom to address the audience. "We are so grateful to our Honorees, Adam Doneger of Newmark, and Josh Cromer of Rialto Capital, for their generosity and passion for our mission of humanizing healthcare for children in hospitals. Thanks to our Board of Directors and all the wonderful supporters of enCourage Kids Foundation's 38th Anniversary Gala, we can continue resourcing and building pediatric programs which directly benefit medically challenged children and their families, as well as our incredible hospital partners."

Butler was joined by WABC 7 Sports Anchor, Ryan Field who emceed the exciting night alongside Dinner Chairs Jeffrey Gural – GFP Real Estate, Tony Fineman – ACORE Capital, and Adam Spies – Newmark. 

Special guests included Tony Richardson – Former NFL Fullback, Northeast Coordinator NFL Legends Community and EKF Ambassador and Dr. Nicholas Perricone – world-renowned healthy aging expert, award-winning inventor, philanthropist, and author.

Since 1985, the enCourage Kids Foundation has helped humanize healthcare for hospitalized children benefit and their families by resourcing impact-driven pediatric programs and supporting the Child Life Community. Serving nearly one million children annually, enCourage Kids is focused on making hospitals a better place to get better. Their programs offer relief from the constant burden of treatments, hospital stays, and doctor appointments, while also supporting pediatric facilities to meet the unique needs of their patients. enCourage Kids Foundation envisions a world where every child regardless of the difficulty of his or her medical journey—experiences joy, hope, resilience, and healing.

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