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The 5th Annual Dance Against Cancer was held on Monday, April 27, 2015. The event had over 500 guests attend and raised more than $243,000 for the American Cancer Society that will benefit research initiatives and patient and family service programs.
Attendees included Christopher Abbott, Stella Abrera, Jody Arnhold, The Bommer Family, Stuart H. Coleman, Herman Cornejo, Leanne Cope, Diana DiMenna, Joseph Doherty, Robert Fairchild, Nikki Feirt Atkins, Lynne Goldberg, Sarah Goocher, Carol Gray, Brandon Gross, Julia Gruen, Judith Hoffman, Lauren Josey, Maria Kowroski, Karen Lacy, James Lipton, Phil Livingston, Lar Lubovitch, Sara Mearns, Tiler Peck, Sasha Radetsky, Amar Ramasar, Desmond Richardson, Matthew Rushing, Erica Sabatini, Robert Schulman, Taylor Stanley, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Twyla Tharp, Daniel Ulbricht, Carmen Marc Valvo, Heather Watts, Damian Woetzel, Doreen Weisfuse.
Baron Tequila, Brooklyn Brewery, GuS Grown-up Soda, Hearth Restaurant, Kessler Wine & Spirits, The Natural Gourmet Institute, Patron Tequila, Vitae, and Wolffer Estate Vineyards, served as food and beverage sponsors, with additional food provided by FoodMatch, Inc., Marin French Cheese, Laura Chenel's Cheese.
The evening’s performance, produced by New York City Ballet’s Daniel Ulbricht and Manhattan Youth Ballet’s Erin Fogarty Bittner, featured New York City Ballet’s Maria Kowroski, Sara Mearns, Tiler Peck, Robert Fairchild, Amar Ramasar, Taylor Stanley, Daniel Ulbricht; American Ballet Theatre’s Stella Abrera, Herman Cornejo; Alvin Ailey’s Matthew Rushing; as well as Desmond Richardson, and Sasha Radetsky, among others.
Dance Against Cancer
Co-producers and longtime friends Erin Fogarty Bittner and Daniel Ulbricht conceived Dance Against Cancer in 2010. Both Ms. Bittner and Mr. Ulbricht have close ties to the cause. Ms. Bittner lost her father in 2011 after a seven-year battle with colon cancer in and Mr. Ulbricht’s mother is currently battling uterine cancer. With so many of their close friends and family sharing stories of their own relation to the disease, the desire to do something grew into what is now a gala benefit for the incredible work that the American Cancer Society does through research initiatives as well as patient and family service programs. The benefit brings together artists from leading dance companies from New York City and beyond for a night of beautiful performances, world premieres and great company. Since its inauguration, Dance Against Cancer has raised over $325,000 in support of the American Cancer Society.
About The American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society's efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress nearly 14 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. We're determined to finish the fight against cancer. We're finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.