Gilda's Club to Hold 'Treasures of the Heart' Benefit Gala

Gala To Raise Funds to Create 'Communities' for People Living With Cancer



Apr 16, 2001, 01:00 ET from Gilda's Club

    NEW YORK, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Gilda's Club Worldwide and Gilda's Club
 Northern New Jersey today announced that they will honor Her Majesty, Queen
 Noor Al Hussein of Jordan at a benefit Gala to be held on April 28, 2001 at
 the Waldorf=Astoria's Starlight Roof.
     The "Treasures of the Heart" Gala will pay tribute to Queen Noor's
 dedication to cancer research and treatment, and her desire to help others
 with cancer. Queen Noor has been a passionate supporter of cancer research,
 especially since the death of her husband, His Majesty King Hussein of Jordan,
 from cancer. Queen Noor chairs the Al Amal Cancer Center, Jordan's first
 comprehensive cancer center and is the honorary chair of the Lymphoma Research
 Foundation of America. Her Majesty is also on the Board of Trustees for the
 American Cancer Society Foundation.
     Gilda's Club was built on Gilda Radner's wish that there be free places
 where people could go to learn from one another about how to live with cancer,
 whatever the outcome. She discovered the importance of a support community
 through her cancer psychotherapist, Joanna Bull, and found that it helped her
 regain control over her life and live more fully.
     Two years after her death, Gilda's husband, Gene Wilder along with close
 friends Joel Siegel and Mandy Patinkin, invited Joanna Bull to establish her
 expanded vision of a free emotional and social support community for people
 living with cancer and their family members and friends. Under Joanna's
 direction, the first Gilda's Club opened in 1995, in New York City. Eleven
 more have opened since, including Gilda's Club Northern New Jersey, which
 welcomed its first members in November 1999.
     Joel Siegel, entertainment editor of ABC's "Good Morning America," who
 helped rally support with Wilder and Patinkin for the founding of Gilda's
 Club, will also be honored.  He is a co-founder of Gilda's Club and founding
 Board Chair of Gilda's Club Worldwide, the headquarters organization for the
 international Gilda's Club movement, which he serves as Chair Emeritus.
     "Gilda's Club was created to place the focus on living with cancer," said
 Angelica Berrie Board Chair of Gilda's Club Worldwide. "So much talk about
 cancer is focused on dying, but Gilda's Club teaches people how to live with
 cancer. The 'Treasures of the Heart' Gala honors Queen Noor for the wonderful
 work she has done and celebrates Gilda Radner, the woman who brought us
 together."
     Television personalities Charlie Gibson from ABC News and Charles Osgood
 from CBS News will both be special guests at the "Treasures of the Heart"
 Gala. A one-of-a-kind diamond and platinum brooch designed and donated by
 jeweler Henry Dunay will be presented to the Queen.
     For ticket information about the Gala or to make a contribution in honor
 of Queen Noor or Joel Siegel, please contact Jeannie Kruger at Gilda's Club
 Northern New Jersey at 201-457-1670 or Bill Horn at Gilda's Club Worldwide at
 212-686-9898.
 
     About Gilda's Club
     The mission of Gilda's Club is to provide meeting places where people with
 cancer and their families and friends can join together to build social and
 emotional support as a supplement to medical care. Gilda's Club is free of
 charge and nonprofit. It offers support and networking groups, lectures,
 workshops and social events in a nonresidential, homelike setting.
     There are twelve operating Gilda's Clubs across the U.S., Canada, and the
 U.K.  Fourteen more are in development and Gilda's Club Worldwide is preparing
 to present the unique Gilda's Club program online.  Gilda's Club Online is a
 virtual Gilda's Club that will provide the Gilda's Club program over the
 Internet to many more people than can be reached through physical Gilda's
 Clubs alone.
     Gilda's Club Northern New Jersey, located in Bergen County, was
 established in 1999 and formally opened in April 2000.  It has 500 members.
     Gilda's Club Worldwide is the international headquarters organization that
 works with local communities to start Gilda's Clubs, provides training and
 technical assistance to existing Clubs, serves as an international advocate
 for the importance of social and emotional support, and provides information
 to the public through 1-888-Gilda-4-U and through its Web site
 http://www.gildasclub.org.
 
 

SOURCE Gilda's Club
    NEW YORK, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Gilda's Club Worldwide and Gilda's Club
 Northern New Jersey today announced that they will honor Her Majesty, Queen
 Noor Al Hussein of Jordan at a benefit Gala to be held on April 28, 2001 at
 the Waldorf=Astoria's Starlight Roof.
     The "Treasures of the Heart" Gala will pay tribute to Queen Noor's
 dedication to cancer research and treatment, and her desire to help others
 with cancer. Queen Noor has been a passionate supporter of cancer research,
 especially since the death of her husband, His Majesty King Hussein of Jordan,
 from cancer. Queen Noor chairs the Al Amal Cancer Center, Jordan's first
 comprehensive cancer center and is the honorary chair of the Lymphoma Research
 Foundation of America. Her Majesty is also on the Board of Trustees for the
 American Cancer Society Foundation.
     Gilda's Club was built on Gilda Radner's wish that there be free places
 where people could go to learn from one another about how to live with cancer,
 whatever the outcome. She discovered the importance of a support community
 through her cancer psychotherapist, Joanna Bull, and found that it helped her
 regain control over her life and live more fully.
     Two years after her death, Gilda's husband, Gene Wilder along with close
 friends Joel Siegel and Mandy Patinkin, invited Joanna Bull to establish her
 expanded vision of a free emotional and social support community for people
 living with cancer and their family members and friends. Under Joanna's
 direction, the first Gilda's Club opened in 1995, in New York City. Eleven
 more have opened since, including Gilda's Club Northern New Jersey, which
 welcomed its first members in November 1999.
     Joel Siegel, entertainment editor of ABC's "Good Morning America," who
 helped rally support with Wilder and Patinkin for the founding of Gilda's
 Club, will also be honored.  He is a co-founder of Gilda's Club and founding
 Board Chair of Gilda's Club Worldwide, the headquarters organization for the
 international Gilda's Club movement, which he serves as Chair Emeritus.
     "Gilda's Club was created to place the focus on living with cancer," said
 Angelica Berrie Board Chair of Gilda's Club Worldwide. "So much talk about
 cancer is focused on dying, but Gilda's Club teaches people how to live with
 cancer. The 'Treasures of the Heart' Gala honors Queen Noor for the wonderful
 work she has done and celebrates Gilda Radner, the woman who brought us
 together."
     Television personalities Charlie Gibson from ABC News and Charles Osgood
 from CBS News will both be special guests at the "Treasures of the Heart"
 Gala. A one-of-a-kind diamond and platinum brooch designed and donated by
 jeweler Henry Dunay will be presented to the Queen.
     For ticket information about the Gala or to make a contribution in honor
 of Queen Noor or Joel Siegel, please contact Jeannie Kruger at Gilda's Club
 Northern New Jersey at 201-457-1670 or Bill Horn at Gilda's Club Worldwide at
 212-686-9898.
 
     About Gilda's Club
     The mission of Gilda's Club is to provide meeting places where people with
 cancer and their families and friends can join together to build social and
 emotional support as a supplement to medical care. Gilda's Club is free of
 charge and nonprofit. It offers support and networking groups, lectures,
 workshops and social events in a nonresidential, homelike setting.
     There are twelve operating Gilda's Clubs across the U.S., Canada, and the
 U.K.  Fourteen more are in development and Gilda's Club Worldwide is preparing
 to present the unique Gilda's Club program online.  Gilda's Club Online is a
 virtual Gilda's Club that will provide the Gilda's Club program over the
 Internet to many more people than can be reached through physical Gilda's
 Clubs alone.
     Gilda's Club Northern New Jersey, located in Bergen County, was
 established in 1999 and formally opened in April 2000.  It has 500 members.
     Gilda's Club Worldwide is the international headquarters organization that
 works with local communities to start Gilda's Clubs, provides training and
 technical assistance to existing Clubs, serves as an international advocate
 for the importance of social and emotional support, and provides information
 to the public through 1-888-Gilda-4-U and through its Web site
 http://www.gildasclub.org.
 
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