The fourteenth annual “Night to Fight Cancer” to benefiting the Life Raft Group’s research programs took place on October 19, 2017 at Midtown Loft and Terrace in New York City. This year Jerry Cudzil, LRG Board President, was joined by co-host Matthew Knopman. Mr. Knopman, who considers Jerry not only a friend, but also a mentor, joined this year to help give back to a cause that is close to Jerry’s heart.
They were elated by the immense amount of support and generosity from friends and family who attended. Each year we are blown away by the number of participants, and this year’s number did not disappoint! With 244 participants, The Life Raft Group was able to raise close to $200,000. Our attendees enjoyed the no-nonsense barbecue food provided by Pig Beach NYC, which included BBQ chicken, pulled pork sandwiches, Pig Beach burgers, mac n’ cheese and braised greens.
While the poker event took place on the main floor, guests enjoyed casino games on the Terrace. The winners of the night were, Jerry Cudzil in 1st place, Daniel Znaty in 2nd place, and Brian Gelfand in 3rd place!
We would like to thank our NTFC Ambassadors including Brian Behrens, Lyon Carter III, Benji Cheung, Michael DiMaio, Sal Morale and Armando Petruccelli for their continued support year after year. An extra special thank you goes out to our corporate sponsors. Our Club Sponsors, which donated $10,000 included: Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, Palmero-Ravich Family Foundation, Pfizer, and RBC. Our Hearts’ Sponsors, which donated $5,000, included Cantor Fitzgerald, ICE, Goldman Sachs, Investors Bank, and Tradeweb Markets. Many thanks to our major donors and co-sponsors Jerry Cudzil and Matt Knopman for their very generous contributions. In addition, we would like to thank Lyon Carter III who was our beverage sponsor, Michelle Mattioli for donating her photography services, our volunteers Anthony Cashin, Cora Ramadan, Dominque DeRose, Juliette Sabella, and Jess Trusio, and our awards donor Murray Rosenthal.