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Blackstone COO Jonathan Gray On Giving To Education, Cancer Research

Jonathan Gray has had a good 2018: in February, the former head of Blackstone’s $119 billion (assets) real estate division was promoted to chief operating officer and president, 26 years after he started at the private equity giant.  But his accomplishments are not only in business; Gray is also making his mark in philanthropy. He debuts at No. 49 on Forbes’ America’s Top 50 Givers list, having doled out $23 million in charitable donations in 2017. In total, he has given over $120 million in his lifetime, primarily to cancer research and health and education in New York City.

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City program announced in LIC lets public school parents help save for college education

The NYC Kids RISE Save for College Program has announced that savings of up to $100 will be matched for participating first-grade families. Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza joined students, parents, faculty and elected officials last week for the first Building Block Party to celebrate the savings match. The gathering at P.S. 76 in Long Island City included coloring for the kids and an opportunity for everyone to share savings tips.

Susan Domcheck, executive director of the Basser Center for BRCA, elected to the National Academy of Medicine

Four faculty members from the Perelman School of Medicine have been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), one of the nation’s highest honors in biomedicine. Susan M. Domchek is the Basser Professor in Oncology, executive director of the Basser Center for BRCA at the Abramson Cancer Center, director of the MacDonald Women’s Cancer Risk Evaluation Center, and a senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. She is a nationally recognized breast and ovarian cancer expert.

Blackstone COO Jonathan Gray On Giving To Education, Cancer Research

Jonathan Gray has had a good 2018: in February, the former head of Blackstone’s $119 billion (assets) real estate division was promoted to chief operating officer and president, 26 years after he started at the private equity giant.  But his accomplishments are not only in business; Gray is also making his mark in philanthropy. He debuts at No. 49 on Forbes’ America’s Top 50 Givers list, having doled out $23 million in charitable donations in 2017. In total, he has given over $120 million in his lifetime, primarily to cancer research and health and education in New York City.

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Meet Potamkin Prize Awardee, Susan Domchek, M.D.

We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Susan Domchek, Director of the Basser Center for BRCA at Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center, is the PA Breast Cancer Coalition’s 2018 Potamkin Prize Awardee. Please enjoy this video featuring Dr. Domcheck and the amazing work she has done to advance the care of individuals with BRCA gene mutations.

PBS Announces KEN BURNS PRESENTS THE GENE: AN INTIMATE HISTORY, New Collaboration with Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D. Three-Hour Documentary to Premiere Spring 2020 on PBS

PBS announced KEN BURNS PRESENTS THE GENE: AN INTIMATE HISTORY, a new three-hour documentary executive produced by Ken Burns, will premiere over three nights in Spring 2020 on PBS.  Pulitzer Prize-winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., and acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns will collaborate on the new documentary inspired by Mukherjee’s best-selling 2016 book, The Gene: An Intimate History.

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Thousands of NYC teens explore the Metropolitan Museum of Art at interactive event

Twice each year, the Gray Foundation partners with the Metropolitan Museum of Art to produce Teens Take The Met! – an innovative, teen-centric evening dedicated to art and culture. More than 40 New York City youth and cultural organizations come together to provide interactive programming including workshops, performances, art making, demonstrations, photography, and more for thousands of teens from across the city’s five boroughs. The event is made possible through the Gray Foundation, who serve as the singular sponsor for this year’s event, held Friday, June 1st from 5-8pm. The event is free for all teens with a valid middle or high school ID.

Blackstone’s Gray Gives $21 Million to Hit Cancer Close to Home

Blackstone Group real estate chief Jon Gray and his wife, Mindy, are doubling down in their campaign against a type of cancer that claimed the life of her older sister. The Grays are donating $21 million to the Basser Center for BRCA at the University of Pennsylvania, bringing their total pledges to the initiative to $55 million.

Basser Center for BRCA Jean Bash

Taking a different approach to the usual benefit-hosting, the Basser Center for BRCA threw a casual and cool celebration at Cipriani Wall Street for their inaugural New York City benefit aptly named Basser Jean Bash – Unzip Your Genes.  

Research Center to Focus on Cancer Genes

To Dr. Susan Domchek, an oncologist at the University of Pennsylvania, the phone call from Jon and Mindy Gray last summer was no different from many others she has received from people seeking information about genetic mutations that can cause cancer.