Wild, Wild West Family Day
by Stephanie Winston Wolkoff
Innovative research findings and state-of-the-art developments in medical care occupy prime real estate in our newspapers and on the Web. What we may forget, of course, is that truly revolutionary science is not a pedestrian commodity. To be properly executed, these pioneering efforts require expertise, know-how, and extensive funding, not to mention a prodigious team of research scientists and doctors.
With its impassioned network of researchers, cutting-edge facilities, and loyal donors, Albert Einstein College of Medicine has proven itself an essential institution in the medical field. Countless people depend on the College of Medicine’s research findings, including its work that eventually led to the development of Taxol, a widely used cancer drug.
As a mother, daughter, and working woman, my relationship with the Einstein National Women’s Division—which has been raising funds for medical research at Einstein since 1953—is a no-brainer. Founded by a group of dynamic New York women, the National Women’s Division was formed two years before the College of Medicine first opened its doors. In recent years, I’ve found myself even more committed and involved in their mission to transform human health.
The New York chapter of the National Women’s Division hosts two major fundraisers each year, one of which is the annual Spirit of Achievement Luncheon, held most recently this past May, which honors women who have made outstanding contributions in their respective fields. (I was thrilled to be a Spirit honoree in 2010.) The second is Family Day, the Division’s Wild, Wild West-themed carnival that takes place each summer in the Hamptons.
I have been attending Family Day since the birth of my oldest son, Zachary. My children, now including Tyler and Alexi, love it—carnivals, candy, and sunshine seem to have that effect on them. But I also enjoy the revelry. It’s amazing to see grandparents, parents, and kids come together in support of such a special cause, especially when they can do so simply by enjoying hayrides, potato-sack races, and the world-famous (or at least the Wolkoff/Palin-family-famous) watermelon-eating contest. This year, all proceeds from Family Day will support research studies by leading scientists at the Albert Einstein Cancer Center targeting the forms of cancer that primarily affect women: breast, ovarian, cervical, and uterine. Now more than ever, I look forward to supporting this incredible initiative.
It’s so fulfilling to play a part in the work of brilliant and dedicated researchers at Albert Einstein; my association with them is one of which I’m incredibly proud. I hope that you and your family will join me and mine for Family Day. I promise you’ll have a fabulous time while knowing your attendance will help ensure a healthier future for all women and girls.
What: Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Wild, Wild West Family Day Carnival
When and Where: Sunday, August 5 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Ross School, 739 Butter Lane, Bridgehampton
Entertainment: Autographs and performance by Elizabeth Gillies; Larry Johnson with Knicks Groove Truck
photography by J. Torres; Norman Goldberg/yeshire university