NEW YORK, June 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Financial Services Cares Gala (FSCG) will celebrate its 13th year on Thursday, June 21, 2018, at the New York Hilton Midtown. More than 700 industry executives will gather to raise funds to support the American Cancer Society's programs and mission. The event will feature the popular musical battle "Wall Street's Got Talent," where executives from participating banks and investment companies face off in a talent performance. To date, the Gala has raised more than $16.5 million.
The event is Co-Chaired by Robert F. Arning, Vice Chair, Market Development, KPMG, LLP; Robert S. Kapito, President, BlackRock; and Richie Prager, Senior Managing Director, BlackRock.
"When a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, it is such a devastating moment and affects a huge circle of people," said Mr. Arning. "The FSCG brings together the financial services community to help the fight against cancer, because cancer touches everyone and we must do our part to diminish it."
This year's Eugene D. O'Kelly Award, in honor of Gene O'Kelly, former CEO of KPMG, will be presented to Dr. Michael A. Weiner. Dr. Weiner has served in leadership roles at Columbia University Medical Center for more than 20 years and presently occupies the Hettinger Professorship and is Vice-Chair for External Affairs in the Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Weiner is a visionary philanthropic leader in the fields of pediatric oncology and hematology and is founder of ed Hope & Heroes, which is dedicated exclusively to the support of pediatric cancer and blood disorder care at Columbia. A portion of the gala's net proceeds will be donated to Hope & Heroes. Dr. Weiner has worked tirelessly to raise tens of millions of dollars in support of Columbia's research enterprise, its clinical operations and its innovative programming to compliment care.
Mastercard will receive the 2018 Financial Services Cares Gala Distinguished Service Award on behalf of its employees. Mastercard works closely with world-class organizations including Stand Up To Cancer, the American Cancer Society and The World Food Programme, as well as local organizations important to its employees.
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The Financial Services Cares Gala would like to show our appreciation to this year's elite sponsors: J.P.Morgan; BlackRock; Cabrera Capital Markets/ Cabrera Capital Partners; and Morgan Stanley.
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