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Hasbro, Inc., the world’s second-largest toy company.
Since the company’s early days, the Hassenfelds have
translated their business success into a wide-ranging
commitment to improving the lives of children. Hasbro
is one of the leading benefactors of children in the US
and abroad, and the family’s philanthropy extends well
Sylvia Hassenfeld recalls a conversation she had
in the 1980s with the late Lee Salk, PhD, a noted child
psychologist and Hasbro Children’s Foundation board
member. “Children have no voice, and that’s why the work
we do for children is so important,” he told her.
“The well-being of children is one of our great
passions,” says Sylvia Hassenfeld. “The first toys Hasbro
made were doctor and nurse kits. I like to think that they
inspired some youngsters who are now practicing pedi-
atric medicine at NYU Langone. This gift is special to me
and to my family.”
Sylvia Hassenfeld; her children, Ellen Block and
Alan Hassenfeld; and her grandchildren, Laurie Block,
Michael Block, and Susan Block Casdin, have been deeply
involved with NYU Langone for many years. The family
has funded and continues to support N YU Langone’s
Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Cancer and
Blood Disorders, established in 1989. In 1998, Susan Block
Casdin, also a board member of KiDS of N YU and the
Advisory Board of the N YU Cancer Institute, founded
the Hassenfeld Committee, which sets a new fundraising
record every year at the annual Adults in Toyland benefit.
Highlights of the
Hassenfeld Pediatric Center
Entrance (Ground Floor)
Pediatric patients and their families will arrive at a sepa-
rate, dedicated Hassenfeld Pediatric Center entrance on
34th Street, featuring a child-friendly lobby.
Pediatric Procedures Center (Fourth Floor)
The perioperative unit will consist of private, child-friendly
pre-op preparation and recovery bays, with space for family at the bedside. The center will include ORs, a catheterization lab, and two procedure rooms.
Family Center (Seventh Floor)
The Family Center will host orientation activities for future
patients, child life activities and performances for current
patients, and support, education, and respite services
for families. It will also provide conference space. Family
members sleeping in their child’s room will be provided
with shower stalls and laundry facilities.
Inpatient Rooms (Eighth and Ninth Floors)
The acute pediatric inpatient unit will be located on the
eighth floor and the pediatric critical care unit on the
ninth floor. Each floor will have 34 private rooms with
bathrooms, each with a “family zone” featuring a sleep-in
couch, storage, and Web access.
Clockwise from top left: Sylvia Hassenfeld and Dean and CEO Robert I. Grossman,
MD. Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Hassenfeld family members (left to right) Alex
Casdin, Kinsey Casdin, Ellen Block, Michael Block, Laurie Block, Susan Block
Casdin, and Blaisdell Casdin. Dr. Catherine Manno, Dr. Elisabeth Cohen, and Dean
and CEO Robert I. Grossman, MD. Barbara Walters and Alan Hassenfeld.
NYU Cancer Institute
NYU Langone Medical Center’s Cancer Institute held its annual gala on
October 3, raising $3.2 million—more than double the amount raised last
year. The gala, held at Manhattan’s Plaza Hotel, honored Abraham
Chachoua, MD, the Jay and Isabel Fine Associate Professor of Oncology,
and Robert H. Benmosche, president and chief executive officer of
American International Group, Inc.
“Over and over again, our physicians, scientists, and caregivers begin
with the patient,” said Lori Fink, chair of The Cancer Institute’s Advisory
Over 600 supporters, a record, attended the event, which was
hosted by Robert I. Grossman, MD, dean and CEO of NYU Langone
Medical Center, and chaired by Lori and Larry Fink and The Cancer
Institute Advisory Board.
Clockwise from top left: Phyllis Barasch, Martin and Connie Silver. Dr. William Carroll and Dr. Abraham
Chachoua. Dean and CEO Robert I. Grossman, MD; Robert Benmosche; and Larry Fink. Lori Fink.
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