Historic Event: The Campaign to Transform Einstein

On Monday, April 15, 2013, at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan, the College of Medicine announced "The Campaign to Transform Einstein." With a working minimum goal of $500 million, the campaign is already the most ambitious and successful in Einstein's history, and will focus philanthropic support on several top priorities, including continuing to revitalize the Jack and Pearl Resnick Campus; advancing key areas of biomedical research while recruiting and retaining the best talent; and enhancing education and training for the next generation of physicians and scientists.

During the festivities, Dr. Allen M. Spiegel, the Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz Dean at Einstein, made public an historic gift of more than $160 million bequeathed by Muriel L. Block, who named the College of Medicine as the remainder beneficiary of her estate. In addition to noting Mrs. Block's extraordinary generosity, Dean Spiegel thanked the thousands of donors who have provided leading gifts that have helped launch the campaign, which has already raised more than $420 million, and is poised to surpass its minimum goal in the months to come.

The evening also offered the opportunity to recognize 22 faculty members who were invested as chairs and scholars or appointed directors of centers at Einstein, 4 faculty members who received tenure, and 8 alumni who achieved alumni leadership (Century Award, Einstein Circle and Dean's Club) status.

The companion slideshow offers highlights from this momentous occasion.

A bequest of more than $160 million from Muriel Block will, in part, support the research of  10 Harold and Muriel Block Scholars. These include (from left, rear): Drs. Michael Aschner, Robert Singer, Betsy Herold, (from left, seated): Meredith Hawkins and Mimi Kim, pictured here with Einstein Dean Dr. Allen M. Spiegel (far right, rear) and Chair of Einstein’s Board of Overseers, Dr. Ruth Gottesman (center, seated).
A bequest of more than $160 million from Muriel Block will, in part, support the research of 10 Harold and Muriel Block Scholars. These include (from left, rear): Drs. Michael Aschner, Robert Singer, Betsy Herold, (from left, seated): Meredith Hawkins and Mimi Kim, pictured here with Einstein Dean Dr. Allen M. Spiegel (far right, rear) and Chair of Einstein’s Board of Overseers, Dr. Ruth Gottesman (center, seated).
Additional Block Scholars include (from left): Drs. Howard Strickler, Pablo Castillo and Kamran Khodakhah
Additional Block Scholars include (from left): Drs. Howard Strickler, Pablo Castillo and Kamran Khodakhah
Rounding out the Block Scholars are (from left): Drs. Thomas Rohan and Aviv Bergman
Rounding out the Block Scholars are (from left): Drs. Thomas Rohan and Aviv Bergman
 

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