August 31, 2016 user

Prostate Cancer Foundation Hosted the 12th Annual Charles Evans PCF Pro-Am Tennis Tournament

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with special performances by Dianne Reeves, Billy Idol, The Company Men and other surprises

POST-EVENT MEDIA ALERT - PCF Gala 2016 (FINAL)

Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF), a nonprofit organization which remains steadfast in its commitment to identify and fund groundbreaking cancer research programs to save the lives of millions, hosted its annual gala at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, NY on Saturday, August 27, 2016. The event’s Challenge Research Award raised over $3.5 million in support of the foundation’s work.

The gala was hosted in support of the 12th Annual Charles Evans PCF Pro-Am Tennis Tournament being held from August 26 – 28, 2016, named after the successful entrepreneur who constantly turned tragic events throughout his life into philanthropic causes. The gala evening was a wonderful night of dining, dancing and filled with loads of surprises. The event featured special musical performances by Grammy award-winning singer Dianne Reeves, double platinum recording artist Billy Idol, and nationally recognized pop vocal group The Company Men, with a special performance by Francis Collins, Director of National Institutes of Health. 100 percent of the funds raised throughout the evening went to supporting groundbreaking discoveries in cancer research.

Notable attendees included: Michael & Lori Milken (Founder), Dianne Reeves (Performer), Billy Idol (Performer), The Company Men (Performers), Leon and Debra Black, Bonnie Pfeifer Evans, Ken and Maria Fishel, Jeff and Mei Sze Greene, Susan and John Kean, David and Julia Koch, Francine LeFrak, Rick Friedberg, Dr. Richard Merkin, Glenn and Jennifer Myles, Joel Pashcow, Artie and Selma Rabin, Jonathan and Sheryl Sokoloff, Lester Cook (Pro), Jonathan Erlich (Pro), Murphy Jensen (Pro), Scott Lipsky (Pro), Andreas Siljestrom (Pro), Mitch Modell, Frank Luntz, Dr. Jonathan W. Simons (President & CEO, Prostate Cancer Foundation), Dr. Francis Collins, Eric and Aerin Zinterhofer, Jim Coleman and Cynthia Ott, Dean and Roxanne Palin, Brent and Laura Nicklas, Bill Finneran, Lew and Rita Ranieri, Sally Quinn and Jackie Rogers.

The night began with a short quiz by the Founder of the Prostate Cancer Foundation Michael Milken, with guests curiously participating from their seats. Milken then introduced Jan Haber, PCF’s Vice President of Events, to the stage. Haber welcomed guests to the event and thanked them for supporting the very important work of the PCF, after which she introduced the evening’s first performer to the stage, Grammy-award winning singer Dianne Reeves, who performed a few of her celebrated jazz songs to the delight of the audience.

Reeves’ performance was followed by a short speech by Michael Milken on how far PCF has come since its founding, and how much of a difference the foundation’s work does. A video was shown highlighting the foundation’s progress and its aim to make prostate cancer an illness to “find in the history books”. Next, a few words were spoken by PCF’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Jonathan W. Simons. Dr. Simons touched on the progress in gene research and how it has made it possible to identify the drivers behind the disease, in the fight against not only prostate cancer but all types of cancer.

The evening’s next performance was held by The Company Men, who performed a Motown medley, consisting of their interpretation of much loved songs by artists such as Simon & Garfunkel and Billy Joel. The vocal group had come all the way from Los Angeles to perform at the event, which they said they were honored to attend and being able to support. Following The Company Men was a surprise performance by the Director of National Institutes of Health, Dr. Francis Collins, who started off mentioning the nationwide cancer study that is currently being conducted in order to understand how to prevent and identify cancer risk factors at an early stage. Dr. Collins encouraged everyone to join in on this “unprecedented adventure”, before taking out his guitar for a surprise performance of Del Shannon’s “Runaway” in his own version, called “DNA”.

A live auction was also held to support a young scientist. Attendees were asked to donate $75,000 per year to support the research of a young scientist and his or her research in the fight toward prostate cancer. This was followed by an appearance by Mitch Modell, who presented the foundation with a check for $141,ooo on behalf of Modell’s Sporting Goods and all of its customers.

Michael Milken rounded up the evening’s lineup of performances and appearances by extending a heartfelt thank you to all performers, attendees, donors, hosts, pro tennis players and amateurs for making it an unforgettable evening in the support of finding a cure for prostate cancer. To top off the evening, a much anticipated musical performance was held by superstar Billy Idol, who kicked off his performance with crowd favorite “Cradle of Love”.

The Weekend’s Pro-Am Tennis Champions were: Ricky Sandler and Rick Leach, Alex Norcross and Alex Bogomolov Jr., Dick Merkin and Rohan Bopanna, Bill Finneran and Graydon Oliver. Finalists included: Mark Ein and Scott Lipsky, Marie Bernstein and Santiago Gonzalez, Ralph Finerman and Jonathan Erlich, Sammy Herzberg and Jonathan Schneider.

A silent auction was also held, including select items such as A Getaway to a Private Villa in Bali, sports memorabilia such as a signed plaque and boxing glove of legend Muhammad Ali and a signed Michael Jordan jersey, original photographs of Coco Chanel with model Jackie Rogers, as well as exclusive photographs of icons Prince, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and Mick Jagger.

Weekend hosts and sponsors of the Charles Evans PCF Pro-Am Tournament include: Bill and Karen Ackman, Leon and Debra Black, Steven and Alexandra Cohen, Bonnie Pfeifer Evans, Ken and Maria Fishel, Larry Gagosian, Jeff and Mei Sze Greene, Josh and Marjorie Harris, Susan and John Kean, Calvin Klein, David and Julia Koch, Marc Leder, Richard and Karen LeFrak, Michael and Margie Loeb, Dr. Richard Merkin, Michael and Lori Milken, Glenn and Jennifer Myles,  Modell’s Sporting Goods, Joel Pashcow, Artie and Selma Rabin, Danny Rosenblum, Jonathan and Sheryl Sokoloff, and Mort Zuckerman.

Images by Patrick McMullan and Rob Rich/Society Allure.com

About the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF):

The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) is the world’s leading philanthropic organization funding and accelerating prostate cancer research. Founded in 1993, PCF has raised more than $660 million and provided funding to more than 2,000 research programs at more than 200 cancer centers and universities. The PCF global research enterprise now extends to 19 countries. PCF advocates for greater awareness of prostate cancer and more efficient investment of governmental research funds for transformational cancer research. Its efforts has helped produce a 20-fold increase in government funding for prostate cancer.

For further information on the PCF, please visit http://www.pcf.org/

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Mike Milken, Lori Milken

Mike Milken, Lori Milken

 

Julia Koch, David Koch

Julia Koch, David Koch

 

Bonnie Pfeifer Evans

Bonnie Pfeifer Evans

 

Plum Simons, Dr. Jonathan Simons

Plum Simons, Dr. Jonathan Simons

 

Ted Virtue, Dick Merkin

Ted Virtue, Dick Merkin

 

Allison Lutnick, Howard Lutnick

Allison Lutnick, Howard Lutnick

 

Melissa Fishel, Kenneth Fishel, Maria Fishel

Melissa Fishel, Kenneth Fishel, Maria Fishel

 

Janna Bullock, Paola Bacchini-Rosenshein, Randi Schatz

Janna Bullock, Paola Bacchini-Rosenshein, Randi Schatz

 

Krista Krieger, Karl Krieger

Krista Krieger, Karl Krieger

 

Frank Luntz

Frank Luntz

 

Arnie Rosenshein, Marnie Zaber, Jerry Modell

Arnie Rosenshein, Marnie Zaber, Jerry Modell

 

Iva Hosnova, Mitch Modell, Marie Bernstein, Marc Gardner

Iva Hosnova, Mitch Modell, Marie Bernstein, Marc Gardner

 

John Lehmann, Svetlana Carroll, John Lloyd

John Lehmann, Svetlana Carroll, John Lloyd

 

Tracey Amon

Tracey Amon

 

Mei Sze Greene, Jeff Greene

Mei Sze Greene, Jeff Greene

 

Jackie Rogers, Henry Buhl, Carol Friedman

Jackie Rogers, Henry Buhl, Carol Friedman

 

Jennifer Myles, Glenn Myles

Jennifer Myles, Glenn Myles

 

Jennifer Myles, Glenn Myles

Jennifer Myles, Glenn Myles

 

Jeff Greene, Mei Sze Greene, Joyce Gerard, Michael Ohoven

Jeff Greene, Mei Sze Greene, Joyce Gerard, Michael Ohoven

 

Dean Palin, Roxanne Palin

Dean Palin, Roxanne Palin

 

Cynthia Ott, James Coleman

Cynthia Ott, James Coleman

 

Brent Nicklas, Laura Nicklas

Brent Nicklas, Laura Nicklas

 

Patricia Duff, Richard Cohen

Patricia Duff, Richard Cohen

 

Mark Gerson, Erica Gerson

Mark Gerson, Erica Gerson

 

Teresa Prudente, Olivia Prudente, Robyn Rabin, Erica Downs

Teresa Prudente, Olivia Prudente, Robyn Rabin, Erica Downs

 

Max Schnur, Rene Willett, Scott Lipsky, Ryan Livesay

Max Schnur, Rene Willett, Scott Lipsky, Ryan Livesay

 

Jackie Rogers

Jackie Rogers

 

Dr. Diane Baker, Dr. Francis Collins

Dr. Diane Baker, Dr. Francis Collins

 

Billy Idol

Billy Idol

 

Dianne Reeves

Dianne Reeves

 

The Company Men

The Company Men

 

Mike Milken

Mike Milken

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