Golden Legacies Gala 2024

News and Events – April 2024

Tickets on sale for a golden gala

The Gilded Age, known for its enchanting fetes with guest lists based on the number of people (400) who could fit in Mrs. Astor’s ballroom, was also a time for vast outlays of philanthropic largess, benefiting countless New York families. This same spirit has supported The Floating Hospital since its founding in 1866, with donors such as the Juilliard family, The New York Times, Solomon Guggenheim, Lila Acheson Wallace and Fiorello LaGuardia leading the way.

Tickets are now on sale for a celebration of this spirit of giving. The Floating Hospital’s Golden Legacies Gala is set for June 4 at 6:30pm at Guastavino’s. Set in the arcade formed by the 59th Street Bridge’s piers, the Manhattan landmark is an architectural marvel of tiled arches and vaults, designed by Rafael Guastavino and his son, Rafael Jr. The dramatic backdrop will provide a perfect setting for a night of spirited glamour. Those who wish to extend the night’s enchantment into a week can bid on a stay at a luxury villa in Cortona, the town featured in Under the Tuscan Sun and in the heart of Tuscany, for up to eight guests.

Generous event sponsors such as The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc., Bedrock Technology, Alera Group, Alliant Insurance Services, TFCornerstone, The John and Martha Wolf Donor Advised Fund, The New York Community Trust; Quest Diagnostics, Very Nice Brands Auto Group, The Oriel Company, Karen & Doug Seidman, Spring Bank, Technico Construction Services, The Seed and others are keeping the true legacy of the gilded age alive. Won’t you join them? For information on ticket packages, tables, sponsorships and other ways to participate, please email Ann-Louise Lipman at

The Floating Hospital at the Queens Pride Event 2023

On the march with the Queens Pride Parade

For a second year, The Floating Hospital is a proud sponsor of the Queens Pride Parade both as a community member in Queens, and to serve as a reminder that its services are available to everyone in that community.

The annual event takes place on June 2 from noon to 6pm. The parade route follows 37th Avenue from 89th to 75th Street in Jackson Heights. The destination is a multicultural festival with vendors and performances at 37th Road and 75th Street, where the hospital will have a booth with information on its programs.

The parade and festival are part of Queens Pride’s efforts “to promote the visibility and accomplishments of the LGBT community and to foster acceptance by the many cultures and religions represented in our borough.” It was established in 1993. Those who wish to march with The Floating Hospital can contact Cynthia Davis at by May 24.

The Floating Hospital waverunners logo

Running for the money

On November 3, The Floating Hospital will join the TCS New York City Marathon as an Official Charity Partner with a team of five entrants helping to fund the hospital’s mission of bringing healthcare and crucial support to those most in need.

The Floating Hospital’s Waverunners team will run the 26.2-mile course and raise money in the process. Each runner, has made a commitment to collect a minimum of $3,000 in donations, helping to offer a lifeline of support to families navigating through turbulent times. The Waverunners will traverse the city with a purpose, helping to pave the way for a healthier, more hopeful tomorrow for families lacking the essentials for a stable life long after they cross the finish line.

You can support these runners — Karen Solano, Wakim Andre, Shannon Bennett, Ashley Sandberg and Dan McBride — with a donation that will help them break cycles of persistent poverty and abuse and learn more about the runners and the event here.

Pickleball and HBA

Raise your paddles for The Floating Hospital

Pickleball has rapidly become one of the most popular national athletic pastimes. If you are an avid pro or even a rank amateur, the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association is hosting a day of pickleball to improve your game or learn the basics.

The Pickleball for Health Equity event will benefit The Floating Hospital, and will take place on May 31 at the Center Court Athletic Club of Chatham in Chatham, New Jersey from 11am to 3:30pm. Teaching clinics will be followed by round-robin play. Paddles and balls will be supplied, or you can bring your own.

Individual and corporate sponsorships are available at the Gold ($1,000), Silver ($500) and Bronze ($250) level. Those interested in supporting the hospital with a sponsorship can contact Raca Banerjee at or Charlene Prounis at

Regular tickets are $100 until May 11, and $125 after that. Lunch — with a side of networking in a relaxed atmosphere — is included. An event t-shirt ($30) will also support the hospital, but must be ordered by May 15. More information on registration is available by emailing

Easter 2024 fun in the dental department

Staff Hero

Hats off to Ernesto Hart, the Floating Hospital’s dental manager (lower right, with other Floating Hospital staff) who had young dental patients hopping around the clinic on March 29 in search of colorful eggs as part of an Easter-themed hunt. The eggs each contained a ticket to be redeemed for one of a large collection of fluffy stuffed bunnies, ready for snuggling. Since the early aughts, Hart has organized these hunts and giveaways, noting “At The Floating Hospital, it’s not just a job; it’s pouring your heart into every smile.”

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The Floating Hospital provides high-quality healthcare to anyone who needs it regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, immigration or insurance status, or the ability to pay. By providing unrestricted medical care in tandem with health education and social support to vulnerable New York City families, The Floating Hospital aims to ensure those most in need have the ability to thrive, not just survive.


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