La Cassa Magica Raises Funds to Support Clinical Trials Unit at New Cancer Hospital

Left to right, Paula Zahn, Yale Cancer Center Director Dr. Richard L. Edelson ’70 M.D., and Kathryn Anderson Adams. Both Zahn and Anderson Adams were honored for their continued support of Yale Cancer Center.

Yale Cancer Center’s eighth annual black-tie benefit, La Cassa Magica, was held on Saturday, April 21, at the Belle Haven Club in Greenwich, Connecticut.  The evening raised over $400,000 to support the creation of a unit for clinical trials within the new Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, which is currently under construction.  Once completed in December 2009, the fourteen-story, $467 million hospital will be the most modern and comprehensive cancer facility in New England.

Debbie and Louis Chênevert were the vice chairs for the evening, which was hosted by CNN television news anchor and fellow Yale Cancer Center board member Paula Zahn.  Kathryn Anderson Adams of Greenwich chaired the event. Corporate chairs for La Cassa Magica included George E. Crapple, Paul K. Kelly, Nicholas T. Makes, Joseph R. Perella, Hal Parmelee, Left to right, Kitty Gilbert, Dr. Robert Alpern, Dean of Yale School of Medicine, G.S. Beckwith Gilbert, and Paula Zahn. and Richard S. Sackler, M.D.

Kathryn Anderson Adams and Paula Zahn were both honored for their continued support of Yale Cancer Center, and plaques in the new Cancer Hospital will thank them for their commitment to research and clinical care in Connecticut.

Underwriters for the evening included Duke Brodsky, Howard Brodsky, CuraGen Corporation, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Evans and the R.S. Evans Foundation, Inc., Mr. and Mrs. G.S. Beckwith Gilbert, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph R. Perella, Purdue Pharma L.P., Stewart Title Company, the Manocherian Family, Turner Construction Company, United Technologies Corporation, and Paula Zahn.

The evening included a performance by Franc D’Ambrosio, who is best known for his role in The Phantom of the Opera, for which he earned the title “The World’s Longest Running Phantom,” Louis and Debbie Chênevert and Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthalafter playing the role over 3,000 times, including the national tour and the San Francisco run for over five years.  D’Ambrosio’s BROADWAY has enjoyed a two-year national tour with more than 150 performances to date, and HOLLYWOOD will debut in spring 2007.

Yale Cancer Center is one of a select network of thirty-nine comprehensive cancer centers in the country designated by the National Cancer Institute and the only one in southern New England.  Bringing together the resources of Yale-New Haven Hospital and the Yale University School of Medicine, its mission encompasses patient care, research, cancer prevention and control, community outreach, and education.

(May 1, 2007)

May 1, 2007