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Orthopaedic foundation raises thousands at its gala fundraiser

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Kevin Plancher, MD, with Martha Stewart, photo credit Patrick McMullan
New York, NY - The Orthopaedic Foundation for Active Lifestyles (OFALS) hosted its seventh anniversary gala fundraiser on November 9, 2011 at the Harvard Club in Manhattan. The celebratory evening honored Martha Stewart, Russell Warren, MD, of the Hospital for Special Surgery and the New York Giants’ team physician, and John M. Bader, Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Halcyon Asset Management. The event successfully raised thousands for the foundation’s medical research and educational programs.

Celebrity chefs Michael Mina and Peter X. Kelly created and presented a bone-healthy menu while the Grammy award-winning band, America, performed classic favorites. Kevin Plancher, MD, OFALS founder and chairman of the board, presented the Leadership Award for Non-Profit Philanthropy to Martha Stewart; Bobby Valentine presented the Excellence in Sports Medicine Award to Russell Warren, MD; and George Kollitides presented the award for Embodying the Spirit of an Active Lifestyle to John M. Bader. WABC Meteorologist Bill Evans served as emcee.

Guests included The Honorable David Dinkins, Peggy Bader, Karen Koeningsberg, Penny Bunnell, Julianna and Andries De Villiers, Laurie Warren, E.D. and Joe Hill, George and Karen Kollitides, Melanie and John Wambold, Camille Duvall-Hero, five-time World Waterskiing Champion, Alexis Frisch, Wendy and Jim Askew, Renea Matkowski, Curt Cornwell, Robert Futterman and more who joined in the festivities and bid on many silent auction items including a 2012 Aston Martin from Miller Motorcars, which was parked in front of the Harvard Club.

Proceeds from the evening benefited the Greenwich-based Orthopaedic Foundation for Active Lifestyles, developed by Kevin Plancher, MD, a not-for-profit foundation whose principal mission is to promote, support, develop and encourage research and education concerning orthopaedic care and advancements in technologies and treatment of arthritis, orthopaedic injuries and musculoskeletal diseases.

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