2013 Silver Hill Gala
On Wednesday, November 20, 2013, Silver Hill Hospital held its fourth annual fall gala at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. This year’s Gala honored longtime supporter and Board Director, Peter Busch Orthwein, and his wife, Beverly, and CNBC anchor, Lawrence Kudlow. The 400 guests enjoyed a very special performance by Grammy and Tony-winning musical artist, Cyndi Lauper. Ms. Lauper opened with her song “Fearless” and went on to play her classic ballad “True Colors”.
Peter Orthwein, the Co-Founder and Chairman of Thor Industries, has been a Silver Hill Hospital board member since 2005 and chair of the Planning and Finance Committee. His dedication and brilliant leadership has been instrumental in guiding the Silver Hill through a significant financial turnaround, and his conscientious approach to this work is exemplified by its excellent financial condition. Beverly Orthwein serves as an active volunteer visiting the Acute Care Unit regularly to deliver compassionate support and hope to patients. Her loyal support of Silver Hill and numerous non-profit organizations is laudable and indicative of her generous spirit. She served as one of the evening’s speakers sharing her personal experience at Silver Hill Hospital.
Lawrence Kudlow, anchor of CNBC’s “The Kudlow Report,” has a powerful story of recovery, and is a tireless advocate for promoting greater understanding and acceptance for those with addictions or mental illness. He delivered an impassioned speech to the crowd about his journey to recovery. Silver Hill Hospital shares Mr. Kudlow’s passion to eliminate stigmas surrounding these illnesses, and to inspire more patients to seek treatment.
Co-chairs for the 2013 Gala are Sigurd Ackerman, MD and Cecelia McCarton, MD, Michael Cominotto and Dennis Basso, Frederick Feiner, MD, and Vicki Feiner, Kirk Henckels and Fernanda Kellogg, Todd Hollander, DJ Cassidy, Jonny Podell, and Brittany Podell. Silver Hill Hospital’s first Gala occurred in 2010 and was inspired by Mr. Cominotto and Mr. Basso to highlight the excellent treatment the hospital provides.
A live auction was led by Sotheby’s, Hugh Hildesley. The evening raised close to $850,000 for financial assistance for individuals who need Silver Hill’s long-term residential treatment programs but are without adequate resources to cover the costs.
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