The American Cancer Society hosted the 20th Anniversary Mothers of the Year Luncheon on Monday, October 19th, 2015 at the St. Regis Roof.
This year’s Mothers of the Year honorees were Marion, Rosanna and Elaina Scotto and Interventional Breast Radiologist Dr. Susan R. Drossman. Diana K. Feldman receive a special 20th Anniversary Outstanding Leadership award for all her years of service, dedication and fundraising. Ambassador Brenda L. Johnson and Cricket Burns are the event Co-Chairs.
The day began with cocktails, lunch, dessert and the award led by Master of Ceremonies and former Mother of the Year herself, Paula Zahn. Greg Kelly, Rosanna’s co-host of Fox 5’s Good Day New York led the presentation alongside Rosanna and Elaina’s daughters Jenna Ruggiero and Julia Faucetta. After acceptance Rosanna and Elaina then presented the award to their Mother Marion. It was nice to see the three generations of Scotto women all together. Dr. Drossman’s husband Adam and children Julia and Gabriel Sokoloff presented the award to her, they had the entire ballroom laughing. Former Mothers of the Year Honoree and longtime friend of Diana Feldman, Charlotte Ford presented the award to Diana alongside American Cancer Society, Executive Vice President Kris Kim. It was a perfect mix of presenters for the women who dedicates her life to the cause.
The Mothers of the Year Luncheon, is supported by prominent members of New York City’s social and philanthropic community and is one of the American Cancer Society’s signature events in Manhattan. The Luncheon was created in 1995 to shine a spotlight on mothers – celebrating their daily duties as caregivers to their families and the extraordinary work they do to care for their communities. Since the event’s inception, the Mothers of the Year Luncheon has raised nearly $5 million dollars for the fight against cancer.
Previous Mothers of the Year honorees include former First Ladies of New York, Libby Pataki and Matilda Cuomo. Katie Couric, Paula Zahn, Vera Wang, Kathie Lee Gifford, Susan Bloomberg, Anne and Charlotte Ford, Carolina Herrera, Sarah Ferguson, Cynthia Lufkin, Ann Curry, Tory Burch, Grace Hightower De Niro, Muffie Potter Aston, Anne Hearst McInerney, and Deborah Norville.
About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the American Cancer Society’s efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress nearly 14 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. The American Cancer Society is determined to finish the fight against cancer. The American Cancer Society is finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more.
For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.