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  • Gerstner Grantees Provide Thanksgiving Meals to Families in Need
    November 30, 2021

    For the second annual year, two of Gerstner Philanthropies’ long-standing grantees helped provide meals to families in need this Thanksgiving. Treasure Coast Food Bank, the largest hunger-relief organization on Florida’s Treasure Coast and the only Food Bank serving Indian River, Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties, distributed holiday meal boxes and turkeys to 500 families. Nearly 500 turkeys were packaged with other meal stables and distributed to around 2,000 children and adults thanks to a grant from Gerstner Philanthropies. In Massachussetts, FamilyAid Boston, the leading provider of solutions to family homelessness in the Greater Boston area, provided 1,100 children and parents a Thanksgiving dinner, funded through a grant from Gerstner Philanthropies. More than 70 staff and volunteers fanned out across the city to deliver nearly two tons of cooked Thanksgiving meals. They were joined by State Representative Rob Consalvo, many board members, and players and staff from the Boston Bruins hockey team. Gerstner Philanthropies is proud and happy to support families in need through meaningful programs such as these.

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  • November Announcements and Updates on United Neighborhood Houses
    November 17, 2021

    Learn more about UNH's accomplishments, their work with settlement houses throughout New York, as well as other helpful links/resources. They recently won the Eisner Prize for intergenerational work empowering older people and positioning them as community builders and change agents. They are working on showing the difference older adults can make in the lives of young people and their entire community. In addition, thanks to Gerstner philanthropies, UNH provided more than $1 million to settlement houses for their emergency cash assistance programs. They continue to support settlement houses as the reverberations of the COVID pandemic are felt. You can read several stories about the direct and meaningful impact this money has on families.

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  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Announces New Early-Career Physician Research Program in Cancer Science
    September 29, 2021

    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) today announced a $25 million gift from Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. to create the Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. Physician Scholars Program. Designed to support the innovative research of physician-scientists who are early in their career at MSK, the Gerstner Physician Scholars Program will advance promising scientific research and further the careers of outstanding junior faculty. “Recruiting and retaining the next generation of physician-scientists in cancer research is one of our most urgent priorities,” said Lisa M. DeAngelis, MD, MSK’s Physician-In-Chief. “We are grateful for Louis V. Gerstner, Jr.’s generous donation and continued commitment to education that will help MSK attract, support and champion talented early-career physician-scientists who will make discoveries and pursue the increasingly complex questions posed by cancer science.” Each year, a group of MSK physician-scientists will be named Gerstner Physician Scholars and receive the resources needed to validate their emerging research concepts and translate these concepts into clinical applications. The program will support early career lab-based physician-scientists, a subset of physicians who are uniquely positioned to blend clinical care with laboratory research. The chosen Scholars will be eligible to receive funding of up to $150,000 per year for three years to advance their work, recruit talented junior lab members and develop preliminary data in ambitious projects that can provide the basis for applications to other outside sources for further funding.

    Read more at mskcc.org
  • 2021 Gerstner Sloan Kettering Chairman’s Prize Honors Research That Paves Way for New Cell-Based Therapies to Treat Autoimmune Diseases and Inflammation
    September 23, 2021

    Zhongmin Wang, a fifth-year doctoral student in the Gerstner Sloan Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSK), has been awarded the 2021 Chairman’s Prize. The competitive award is presented annually and was established by GSK’s Board of Trustees Chair Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. for whom the school is named. This year’s Chairman’s Prize, in the amount of $2,000, shines a light on Mr. Wang’s winning submission, which was published last month in Nature Immunology. Mr. Wang and his coauthors specifically designed mouse models for the project, which demonstrated that regulatory T (Treg) cells are fully functional under conditions of established inflammation and are capable of reversing, in addition to preventing, fatal autoimmunity. The results pave the way for the development of Treg cell-based therapies for a broad spectrum of autoimmune diseases and inflammatory disorders that raise the risk of cancer. “I am honored that the prize committee recognized the outstanding quality and potential impact of this research,” says Mr. Wang, who is conducting his dissertation studies in the laboratory of his thesis mentor, Alexander Rudensky, Chair of the Immunology Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering and senior author of the study.

    Read more at mskcc.org
  • FamilyAid Boston entrusted to expand major partnerships
    September 9, 2021

    FamilyAid Boston’s proven success housing more than 1,700 children and parents during the pandemic has led to an expansion of emergency shelter and housing prevention programs with their leading partners, Boston Public Schools and Boston Children’s Hospital. Expansion of the two programs will allow more families to receive case management and housing services, ultimately supporting hundreds of children and parents throughout the school year. Since March 2020, FamilyAid Boston has housed more than 400 families through our Boston Public Schools partnership. Due to the success of the program, FamilyAid will coordinate housing placement and support services for an additional 1,100 BPS children and parents during the 2021 school year. FamilyAid’s partnership with local hospitals, which assists families with eviction prevention services and access to shelter, is also expanding.The expansion represents a $2.1-million expansion of a public and private partnership that brings together city, state, and federal agencies, and long-time FamilyAid funders Gerstner Philanthropies and Day 1 Families Fund. Gerstner Philanthropies has supported FamilyAid Boston since 2015, providing over $1.3 million in funding.

    Read more at familyaidboston.org