A record $4.2 million was raised at Northwell Health’s Constellation Gala recently held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The signature event celebrated philanthropic support as the driving force of innovations throughout Northwell Health – particularly at its Manhattan care locations – that are transforming health care throughout the country.
The event was also the Manhattan public launch of Northwell’s $1 billion Outpacing the Impossible Campaign, the first system-wide, comprehensive fundraising campaign to propel innovations to advance health care across the globe. Proceeds from the Constellation Gala – which is part of the campaign – will provide Manhattan communities with greater access to high-quality care by helping to advance services and programs at Lenox Hill Hospital, Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital and Lenox Health Greenwich Village.
“Our Manhattan locations have a rich history of health care excellence and innovation,” said Michael J. Dowling, president and CEO of Northwell Health. “Our ambition is to innovate, which is part of everything we do. We believe in the power and potential impact of taking on challenges and going where others won’t. As we look forward, the extraordinary support of our donors will help us to fuel continued advances and expansion to better serve people in Manhattan and in communities across our region.”
Emmy Award winning actor, singer and songwriter Darren Criss highlighted the evening’s program, performing for more than 350 guests, which included staff and volunteer leaders who support Northwell’s Manhattan care sites. The Constellation Gala Committee comprises a number of dynamic New York City leaders who span across the fields of medicine, publishing/media, philanthropy and the arts.
Co-chaired by Leonard Feinstein, William Mack and Roy Zuckerberg, the Outpacing the Impossible campaign supports capital projects, improves hospitals and clinical programs, and advances research and funding endowment for teaching and research initiatives. The campaign includes all funds given by individual donors, corporations and foundations. Donors to Northwell have given nearly $500 million since the campaign’s inception on January 1, 2016.
“Philanthropy is critical to Northwell Health,” said Brian Lally, Northwell’s senior vice president and chief development officer. “Our entire health system is focused on the communities we serve. Philanthropy is our investment back into our communities and helps us to take better care of more people.”