2014 Annual Hope Charity Gala

The second Annual Hope Charity Gala was hosted at Brasserie Ruhlmann in Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, May 4 2014. Honoring philanthropist Jean Shafiroff and Kevin Hughes, clinical cardiovascular specialist for Edwards Lifesciences, the event afforded the 130 guests in attendance an exclusive opportunity to sample a delightful four-course spring menu created specifically for the occasion by Master Chef Laurent Tourondel. The Hope Charity Gala raised over $200,000 in donations that will support the equipment of its new cardiac center in Managua, Nicaragua as well as increased surgical missions to treat children in developing countries around Latin America.

Highlights of the evening included a champagne toast and a welcoming speech by pediatric cardiologist and SoH Board President Eduardo da Cruz, MD. “Six years ago, when I first traveled to Nicaragua to appraise the feasibility of our project, there was no pediatric cardiac surgery program in the country. The local professionals and the Ministry of Health lacked means, but they all had a captivating characteristic that inspired our group: they had hope,” Dr. da Cruz said. He continued: “Today, there is a modern and functional cardiac center dedicated to children with cardiac disease. I want to


thank you all, our extended family, as you have made, and will continue to make, a difference. I thank you on behalf of Surgeons of Hope but mostly on behalf of the children from Nicaragua. Together, we can make this happen.”

The Art Deco setting of Brasserie Ruhlmann’s main dining room and elegant terrace were accented by beautiful floral designs donated by Alix Astir, founder of New York’s Trellis Fine Florals. Guests were welcomed with Champagne Paul Goerg Premier Cru and chocolates by La Maison du Chocolat. This was followed by a four-course dinner, with each course paired with choice wines to create the ultimate gastronomic experience. The spirited live auction featured an array of experiences that celebrate the joie de vivre, including luxury stays at a chateau in Burgundy and a week in Bordeaux with airfare provided by Air France.

Surgeons of Hope would like to thank Publicis Groupe, Air France and Brasserie Ruhlmann for making the Gala possible. We would also like to thank all donors who participated in the silent, live and Dutch auctions, as well as those who made independent donations to Surgeons of Hope.