The 59th Spirit of Achievement Annual Luncheon

About the Women's Division

For nearly 60 years, members of Einstein’s National Women's Division have demonstrated extraordinary dedication and commitment in supporting research and education programs at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. From its earliest project to help the library stock a 200,000-volume collection to Connoisseur's Corner (a store that recycled antiques, art and elegant furnishings from some of the grandest homes in New York) to its current campaign in support of research focusing on women’s health and cancers, the Women's Division continues to help advance the College of Medicine's mission to improve human health.

During the past 60 years, the Division has raised over $100 million and has established

National President: Kathy Weinberg
New York Chapter Co-President: Mindy Feinberg & Mara Sandler
Westchester/Fairfield Chapter President: Helen Bell Kravit

About The Spirit Luncheon

The Spirit of Achievement Awards Luncheon is the flagship fundraiser sponsored by the New York Chapter of the National Women’s Division of Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Held annually in New York City, the event raises money to support medical research and education programs at Einstein by honoring outstanding individuals in fields such as philanthropy, the arts, business, government and journalism.

Started in 1954 as part of the initial campaign to raise funds to launch the new medical school, the Spirit of Achievement Luncheon was the first event of its kind in the nation.

The list of names associated with the Spirit Luncheon is dazzling. Honorees have included Marlene Dietrich, Margaret Mead, Eleanor Roosevelt, Helen Hayes, Meryl Streep, Katie Couric, Dana Reeve, Candace Bushnell, Barbara Walters, Alma Powell, and Sharon Stone, to name a few.

2013 Luncheon Chairs

Alison Brettschneider
Janet Hershaft
Tara Mark Rosenblum
Andrea Stark

About Women's Health and Cancers

The National Women’s Division of Albert Einstein College of Medicine is pleased to support research in Women’s Health and Cancers. Proceeds from the Spirit of Achievement Luncheon will help fund advanced basic and translational research studies focusing on cancers that affect women -- including gynecologic cancers (ovarian, cervical and uterine) and breast cancer. These collaborative studies are being conducted by leading scientists from virtually all disciplines and academic departments at Einstein who are members of the Albert Einstein Cancer Center (AECC). Under the leadership of AECC Director I. David Goldman, M.D., the Susan Resnick Fisher Professor, these research studies are aimed at the discovery of new and innovative treatments, prevention strategies and, ultimately, cures for women’s cancers. Established in 1970, the AECC was designated as a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-funded center in 1972 and has received continuous funding from the NCI since that time. Marilyn Resnick Katz, a past president of the Westchester/Fairfield Chapter of the Women’s Division and a current member of the division’s national board, is the founding chairperson of the Cancer Research Advisory Board of the AECC.

About Einstein

Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University is one of the nation’s premier centers for biomedical research, medical education and clinical investigation. In 2008, the College of Medicine opened the Michael F. Price Center for Translational Medicine/Harold and Muriel Block Research Pavilion, a state-of-the-art research facility where some of the world’s leading scientists are conducting cutting-edge research aimed at the discovery of new and better approaches to treating and preventing cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, autism, developmental disorders, and other serious medical conditions.

Einstein's 30 academic departments represent both clinical disciplines and fields of basic biomedical and translational science. These departments interact closely with each other to uncover mysteries of human health and healing, as well as to seek clues at the molecular, cellular and genetic levels toward understanding the genesis and progression of disease. Faculty members in these departments also serve in Einstein's 22 clinical and research centers.

Long a national leader in biomedical research support from the Federal government, during 2012, Einstein faculty received nearly $160 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health. In addition, the NIH funds major research centers at Einstein in diabetes, cancer, liver disease, and AIDS. Other areas of focus include developmental brain research, neuroscience, cardiac disease, and initiatives to reduce and eliminate ethnic and racial health disparities.

Through its extensive affiliation network involving five hospital centers in the Bronx, Manhattan and Long Island – which includes Montefiore Medical Center, Einstein’s officially designated University Hospital – the College runs the largest post-graduate medical training program in the United States, offering approximately 150 residency programs to more than 2,500 physicians in training.