Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit

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Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit

Television star Ray Romano headlined the "Ray of Hope" benefit concert, which benefited the Sass Foundation and their work towards the treatment and cure of ovarian cancer. Tony nominated Orfeh (Legally Blonde, Saturday Night Fever, Footloose) joined Ray Romano who performed his Vegas style comedy. Also performing was Broadway performer Craig Schulman (Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera) and media personality Valerie Smaldone emceed.

The event took place at the SVA Theatre On May 14th at 9:00pm. Proceeds from the first annual Ray of Hope event went to the Sass Foundation for Medical Research to benefit much needed Ovarian Cancer Research (with funding going to Mt. Sinai and NYU Langone Medical Center for specific research projects).

In 1986, Martin & Barbara Sass and Dr. Francis P. Arena set out on a mission to create a foundation that would help in the fight against cancer and blood related diseases. Its goals encompassed the education, research and patient care of neoplastic diseases. The foundation became known as the Hematologic Research Foundation (HRF). This name was chosen because it was felt that through research in diseases, primarily hematologic, we would find inroads into other diseases. Over the years, the scope of the HRF grew into many different areas. The HRF began sponsoring lectureships that provided a basis for the further education of attending physicians and scientists at major universities and continued the education of young physicians/scientists.

Martin and Barbara Sass have been the philanthropic backbone of the foundation. They allowed the scope to be as broad as the imagination and as deep as the needs of the community and of the physicians that have served on its panels. The Sass' outstanding contribution enabled the HRF to take up the slack when government funding for research and other programs were dramatically curtailed and as a result of their ongoing generosity the foundation's name was changed to The Sass Foundation for Medical Research, Inc.

For more information, visit www.sassfoundation.org.

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Hugs to Go

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Craig Schulman

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Craig Schulman

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Monica Robinson and Craig Schulman

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Orfeh

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Orfeh

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Orfeh

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Valerie Smaldone (Host and Producer of tonight's event)

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Valerie Smaldone

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Linda John (Producer of tonight's event)

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Linda John and Valerie Smaldone

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Linda John, Craig Schulman and Valerie Smaldone

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Orfeh, Linda John, Craig Schulman and Valerie Smaldone

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Craig Schulman and Valerie Smaldone

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Linda John, Orfeh, Craig Schulman, Valerie Smaldone and Jon Manfrellotti

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Jon Manfrellotti

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Jon Manfrellotti

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Jon Manfrellotti

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Rick Smaldone and Valerie Smaldone

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Rick Smaldone and Valerie Smaldone

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Dr. Frank Arena and Valerie Smaldone

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Ray Romano

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Ray Romano

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Ray Romano

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Ray Romano

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Ray Romano

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Craig Schulman, Valerie Smaldone and Ray Romano

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Dr. Frank Arena, Linda John, Craig Schulman, Valerie Smaldone, Ray Romano, and Orfeh

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Dr. Frank Arena, Linda John, Craig Schulman, Valerie Smaldone, Ray Romano, and Orfeh

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Craig Schulman, Valerie Smaldone, Ray Romano, and Orfeh

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Valerie Smaldone

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Linda John

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Linda John and Valerie Smaldone

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Dr. Frank Arena

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Craig Schulman

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Craig Schulman

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Orfeh

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Orfeh

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Orfeh

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Linda John

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Jon Manfrellotti

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Jon Manfrellotti

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Valerie Smaldone and Jon Manfrellotti

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Jon Manfrellotti

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Valerie Smaldone and Jon Manfrellotti

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Ray Romano

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Ray Romano

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Ray Romano

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Ray Romano

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Ray Romano

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Ray Romano

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Ray Romano

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Ray Romano and Craig Schulman

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Ray Romano, Orfeh, and Valerie Smaldone

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Orfeh, Ray Romano, Craig Schulman and Jon Manfrellotti

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Bruce Dimpflmaier (Tony's Di Napoli) and Orfeh

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit
Ray Romano and Linda John

Photo Coverage: A Ray of Hope Benefit

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