AFTD’s 2017 Hope Rising Benefit


AFTD’s second Hope Rising Benefit took place at The Pierre Hotel in New York City on Thursday, October 12. The event was hosted by Benefit Co-Chairs Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., David Geffen, Donald Newhouse and Anna Wintour, joined by two Benefit Vice-Chairs, AFTD Board members Kathy Newhouse Mele and Daniel Hedaya.

AFTD presented U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer with the Susan Newhouse & Si Newhouse Award of Hope, in recognition of his decades-long work as a strong proponent of biomedical research, and his ability to foster bipartisan support for these efforts. AFTD CEO Susan L-J Dickinson also announced the creation of the David Geffen Fund, a major gift to AFTD made in honor of the late Si Newhouse.

Tony and Grammy Award winner Cynthia Erivo performed at Hope Rising; journalist Paula Zahn hosted. Vogue covered the event for its website.

Media Coverage for the Inaugural 2016 Hope Rising Benefit

Huffington Post

New York Social Diary

Alzheimer’s News Today

Broadway World