Return To Our Events : Fall Gala 2017


Our 2nd Annual Gala was a dazzling night in a spectacular setting. The room was filled with patients, family and friends.
It was filled with doctors, nurses and support staff. But mostly, it was filled with love.  Read more

Photos by Dimitiros Kambouris/Getty Images. and Kelly Tilton Photography


NBC’s Bruce Beck was the Master of Ceremony, and he was masterful! Opera singer and double lung transplant patient, Charity Sunshine Tilleman-Dick regaled the room with her story and with song.

Transplant coordinator Carlo Baltazar sang “Raise You Up” while a slideshow of patients, pre- and post-transplant, played. Applause was heard throughout the room as guests spotted their loved ones’ photos on the video screens.

Boomer Esiason, football legend and broadcasting giant, was honored for his generous support and contributions to the Lung Transplant Project. Also honored was Nurse Coordinator, Nilani Ravichandran for her outstanding commitment to our lung transplant community.

The evening’s highlight was the guest appearance of the one-and-only Patti LaBelle! She took to the stage with her signature song, “Lady Marmalade” and guests flooded the dance floor to take photos and videos, as she followed up with more hits.

The exciting evening drew to a close as ‘John Travolta’ led us on the dance floor, reminding all in the transplant community that we’re grateful to be “Stayin’ Alive.”

The selfless giving that evening will fund the research that will someday save the lives of lung transplant patients worldwide.

We are the LUNG TRANSPLANT PROJECT and we are determined to make a difference.

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  1. David Yennior March 29, 2018 Reply

    Wonderful video. Sorry I missed the Gala. Seeing Nilani repeatedly was meaningful for me. She was my ombudsman for 8 years post transplant.

    I feel extremely lucky to have had Dr Sonnet as my surgeon for a very difficult bilateral transplant. What a skilled surgeon and devoted professional.

    Dr Arcasoy is just the best Pulmonologist. He is responsible for captaining the ship. I feel very fortunate that he is my physician.

    Finally, the transplant program has a large cast of pulmonlogists, thoracic surgeons, PAs, NPs, RNs, Dietitian, psychiatrist, social workers, PFT technicians, respiratory therapists, clerical workers, and the huge staff on the transplant floor in Milstein.

    I will make every effort to attend the Fall Gala this year.

    Thanks again to everyone.

    David Yennior
    TX 5-2-09

    • admin August 21, 2018 Reply

      Dear David,
      Thank you for those kind words about the team at Columbia. As Columbia patients, we all agree with you! We are all so blessed to have this amazing team taking care of us.
We hope you can make it to the Gala this year. It’s going to be an amazing event. You can sign up on our website at
      We look forward to meeting you! Stay healthy!

  2. Adri ana Cipullo March 29, 2018 Reply

    Yes. My son received the gift of Life. Donated lungs. Transplanted July 28, 2013.

    • admin August 21, 2018 Reply

      We hope he is doing well Adri ana. If you would like to submit a photo of him and a blog post, telling us how he is doing and if he is facing any challenges, we would be happy to add his story to our blog. Thank you for writing.

  3. Donna Martinez July 20, 2018 Reply

    Double lung transplant 4/29/16
    Dr. Shah & Genevieve are a dynamic duo. So grateful to be a patient of theirs & New York Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.

    • admin August 21, 2018 Reply

      Thank you so much for your comment, Donna. Dr. Shah & Genevieve are wonderful just like all of the medical staff are. We are so blessed to have such an amazing team at Columbia!!

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