New York, New York (May 7, 2008) — DKMS celebrated their 2nd Annual “Linked Against Leukemia” Gala tonight at Capitale in New York City. The black-tie affair raised 1.18 million dollars, enabling DKMS to register over 12,000 new marrow donors. DKMS, the world’s largest marrow donor center with more than 1.7 million registered donors, has helped facilitate more than 14,000 transplants.
The evening was hosted by actor/comedian Mario Cantone and featured musical performances by international pop-star Natasha Bedingfield, along with Darryl “DMC” McDaniels and platinum-selling recording artist, Sarah Connor. Cindy Crawford and Emanuel Chirico (Chairman & CEO, Phillips-Van Heusen) were honored. The event’s Honorary Chairman was Bernd Beetz (CEO, Coty Inc.) and committee members include Lauren Santo Domingo, Vanessa von Bismarck, Viktoria von Wulffen and Tom Murry, President & COO of Calvin Klein, Inc.
The evening was also an unforgettable celebration of the “moment of the match” between patients and donors. One young patient was united with her lifesaving donor for the first time, live on-stage at the gala.
“I am thrilled with the success of this year’s event. More than 140,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed each year with life-threatening blood diseases, such as leukemia and lymphoma, and leukemia is the most common disease children in the U.S. die of. With the funds raised tonight, we will be able to provide 12,000 more potential lifesaving donors to patients in need who are waiting for a match,” states Katharina Harf, Executive Vice President, DKMS Americas.
DKMS (Deutsche Knochenmarkspenderdatei or German Bone Marrow Donor Center) was founded by Coty Inc. Chairman, Peter Harf. DKMS is committed to the fight against leukemia and strives to give every blood cancer patient a second chance at life by recruiting marrow donors from every race and ethnicity. DKMS inspires hope and healing by matching our donors with patients around the world in need of a marrow transplant. For more information, visit www.dkmsamericas.org.
Mario Cantone Emceed the Event and Natasha Bedingfield Performed