Signature Event 2010

The Signature Event organized by Icahn School of Medicine's Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs (CMCA) in partnership with Jazzmobile, Inc. was held on Thursday, November 11, 2010 at The Uptown Grand in Harlem, NY.

Earvin "Magic" Johnson and First Lady, Michelle Paige Paterson served as Honorary Chairs. Diane Fogg and Denise Ellison chaired the event's Dinner Committee and a Doctors' Committee focused on gaining faculty participation at the event was chaired by Yasmin Hurd, PhD and Michael Marin, MD.

The event was held to increase awareness and highlight the work of Mount Sinai's CMCA, while recognizing the accomplishments of four individuals selected as honorees; Melinda Wolfe of Bloomberg, Angela Diaz, MD and Ernest Benjamin, MD both of Mount Sinai and Dr. Billy Taylor, co-founder of Jazzmobile, Inc. The partnership with Jazzmobile, Inc. was established to assist CMCA reach the community, with which Jazzmobile already has strong ties.

In addition to the honorary co-chairs Johnson and Paterson being in attendance, Governor David Paterson and Congressman Charles Rangel were VIP guests of The Signature Event. WNBC News Anchor, DeMarco Morgan served as Master of Ceremonies. Mount Sinai leadership present at the event included Dennis Charney, MD, Dean of Icahn School of Medicine and David Muller, Dean for Medical Education. Also Jazzmobile's Board of Trustees Chairman, Darryl S. Gay, who is also a member of the CMCA Fellows Group, was in attendance.

Dinner was proceeded by a cocktail reception and photos opps with Magic Johnson. During dinner a video, introduced by Dennis Charney, MD, highlighting the work and success of CMCA featuring student, alumni and faculty testimonies/interviews was shown to guests. Jazzmobile, Inc. provided live jazz during the evening, showcasing two adolescent performers. The four honorees received their awards during dinner and a raffle followed to raise additional funds with items donated by various individuals and small businesses.

A total of 220 guests were in attendance inclusive of Mount Sinai faculty, staff and students, community members, representation from New York Power Authority, Emblem Health, WABC TV, and Borough of Manhattan Community College, among others.

Net proceeds from the event totaled $72,000. Notable among the donors were Bloomberg, which purchased a $25,000 table made possible through Melinda Wolfe; Magic Johnson, who auctioned off packages of his own personal Lakers games seats plus dinner for four to the highest bidders, which added an extra $20,000 towards the bottom line; Catherine Golden Morrison, who donated a $5,000 table for MSSM students; Emblem Health; and Andrew Heineman and Pat & Bob Levinson, who purchased $5,000 tables.

Through the efforts of Signature Event committee member, John Winkleman, the event received coverage in the New York Times, The NY Beacon, Manhattan Society and some other website publications.