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Maimonides Hospital holds ‘Champions of Healing Annual Gala’

October 6, 2017 By John Alexander Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The Kids for Kids Foundation presents Maimonides Children’s Hospital, a part of Maimonides Medical Center, with a check for $1.5 million. Eagle photos by Arthur De Gaeta

The Kids for Kids Foundation, an organization to raise funds for children and families battling catastrophic diseases, was honored by Maimonides Medical Center on Monday at the Champions of Healing Annual Gala at Barclays Center.

The Kids for Kids Foundation was established in 2008 when a group of friends joined together to raise funds for children and families battling these diseases. Most recently, the kids foundation made a generous gift of $1.5 million to name the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit within Maimonides Sutton Center for Neonatology. Kids for Kids presented the check to the hospital at the gala.

One of the organization’s core values is teaching young children the importance of helping others in need at the early stages of their lives.

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Cocktails were served as guests walked into Barclays Center before moving into the arena for dinner and the awards presentation. Award recipients were invited to sit onstage. Guests also viewed a short film about Maimonides Hospital.

Other honorees included Dr. Pedram Bral, fellowship director of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, who received the Best of Medicine Award; Esther and Jack A. Hidary, Maimonides Medical Center trustees, who were presented with the Best of Leadership Award; and Douglas H. Jablon, special assistant to the president and senior vice president of patient relations, who received the Best of Community Service Award.

Among those attending the event were state Sen. Marty Golden, Assemblymember Peter Abbate, Brooklyn Democratic Party Leader Frank Seddio, Msgr. David Cassato of St. Athanasius Church, Msgr. Jamie Gigantiello of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Rev. Khader El-Yateem of the Salam Arabic Lutheran Church, Assemblymember Steven Cymbrowitz, Councilmember David Greenfield and community leader John Abi-Habib.

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