Breaking CRF News: Brandon Stanton, of Humans of New York, to receive 2016 Humanitarian Award at the 8th Annual Cristian Rivera Foundation’s Celebrity Fundraising Gala



The Cristian Rivera Foundation has amazing news to share! This years’ Cristian Rivera Foundation’s Humanitarian Award recipient is Brandon Stanton. Brandon is the founder of the incredibly popular Humans of New York! Earlier this year, Brandon ran a story and a subsequent fundraising campaign to benefit Dr. Mark Souweidane. We were impressed with Brandon’s dedication to humanity. We are honored that Brandon accepted the award and we look forward to hearing him speak at the Gala.

Local Charity Aims To Cure Deadly Pediatric Cancer With Star Power


We love great non-for-profit work, for the eighth year in a row, New York City-based not-for-profit 501(c)(3) The Cristian Rivera Foundation is gathering celebrities, supporters and donors to raise money toward a groundbreaking clinical trial aimed at curing Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).

The eighth annual Cristian Rivera Foundation Celebrity Gala will be held at Broad Street Ballroom in Manhattan on Wednesday, November 30. The foundation namesake Cristian Rivera was only 4 years old when he was diagnosed with the rare pediatric brain stem tumor, which generally affects children between the ages of 1 and 9. Approximately 200 children are diagnosed with DIPG each year in the United States and most only survive for 3 to 18 months after diagnosis.

Through auction items, ticket sales and more, the eighth annual Cristian Rivera Foundation Celebrity Gala will raise money in support of a clinical trial at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medical College that officially got underway on May 1, 2012, thanks to the more than $700,000 in donations from the

Cristian Rivera Foundation to date. Spearheaded by Dr. Mark Souweidane, the Director of the Weill Cornell Pediatric Brain and Spine Center, this trial is the first of its kind to use convection-enhanced delivery to administer radio immunotherapy to children with an otherwise incurable tumor.Dr. Souweidane has found a way to operate on a tumor that had, until now, been deemed inoperable. Dr. Souweidane has developed a safe method for drug delivery to these tumors by a highly innovative surgical procedure. Up until this time surgery has played no role in the treatment plan for these children with DIPG. This procedure involves implanting a small hair-like device into the center of the tumor and then using a slow constant flow of drug directly into the involved brain stem. The Cristian Rivera Foundation is proud to support Dr. Souweidane’s important research.

The eighth annual Cristian Rivera Foundation Celebrity Gala will be hosted by Cristian Rivera Foundation Board of Director and Anchor of the award winning NBC’s “Today in New York”, Darlene Rodriguez. The event kicks off at 6pm with red carpet arrivals from esteemed guests and foundation committee members. Tickets are sold out and include passed hors d’oeuvres, five hours of open bar, and dinner provided by Celebrity Chefs Alex Garcia, a committee member of the Cristian Rivera Foundation. There will also be live and silent auctions offering one-of-a-kind items and experiences.

The eighth annual Cristian Rivera Foundation Celebrity Gala will begin at 6 PM and end at 11 PM on Wednesday, November 30th. The Broad Street Ballroom is located at 41 Broad Street in the Financial District. Sponsorship packages and ads to be displayed in the program are still available for purchase. The Cristian Rivera Foundation is accepting donations in the fight against DIPG. All contributions are tax-deductible and critical to finding a cure for this disease and assisting children and families in their ongoing fight against DIPG.

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Cristian Rivera Foundation’s annual gala to cure rare childhood cancer is set for Nov. 17


Follow here to read
The New York Daily News article
published Today Sat 11/14
which highlights The Cristian Rivera Foundation’s
drive and dedication to find a cure for DIPG
and the upcoming Gala Tues Nov 17th
at the Broad Street Ballroom.

Cristian Rivera Foundation Donates $130,000 at
4th Annual Celebrity Gala


Pediatric cancer research got a major boost as The Cristian Rivera Foundation held its 4th Annual Celebrity Gala at the legendary Copacabana Supper Club and Event Space on Thursday, September 13. The event was held on what would have been Cristian’s 10th birthday, in the same location as the memorable fifth birthday his Mommy and Daddy, Jenelle Asencio and John “Gungie” Rivera, had for him before he passed away from DIPG.

Hosted by Cristian Rivera Foundation Committee Members Saturday Night Live star Kenan Thompson and Today in New York co-anchor Darlene Rodriguez, the gala featured an exciting carnival theme, complete with acrobats, contortionists and other circus acts that wowed the crowd as they enjoyed dinner provided by Cristian Rivera Foundation Committee Members and Celebrity Chefs Alex Garcia and Ricardo Cardona.

Cristian’s Mommy and Daddy, along with all the committee members in attendance that night, presented a check for $110,000 to Dr. Mark Souweidane of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and also marked the start of a new relationship between the foundation and Dr. Oren Becher of Duke University with a donation of $20,000. Not only were both doctors in attendance that night, but the Cristian Rivera Foundation was also proud to welcome the first patient in Dr. Souweidane’s clinical trial and her mother, who moved the crowd to tears as she shared the story of her daughter’s surgery and the continuing struggles with DIPG that followed.

Making the night’s generous donations possible were philanthropists and charity supporters that included celebrities like Dangerous Minds co-star Renoly Santiago, Mob Wives star Drita Davanzo, and America’s Next Top Model Cycle 8 winner Jaslene Gonzalez, and high-profile Cristian Rivera Foundation Committee Members like Hot 97’s Funkmaster Flex; Real Housewives of New Jersey star Danielle Staub; former New York Knicks All-Star Anthony Mason; legendary DJ/producer John “Jellybean” Benitez; One Life to Live star Kamar de los Reyes; actor Modesto Lacen; founder of Teatro SEA Dr. Manuel A. Moran; and Roberto Clemente Jr.

Also making a special appearance were Cristian Rivera Foundation Committee Members including Aldo Marin; Andy Epstein; Dr. Ben Velazquez; Carlos Keyes; Carlos D. Nazario; Carlos R. Colon; David M. Garriga; Dennis Rodriguez; Dolores Catania; Elis Pacheco; Fred Garcia; Jeff Lavino; Jerry Chaparro; Jerry Salerno; Johnny Nunez; Karen Cerna; Katie De Florio; Kim Medina-Tibulac; Krystal Fessette; Mark Rosner; Matthew “Mateo” Rajkumar; Robert Vazquez; Solange Osorio; Steve Cox; Tony Ferrara; Vito Bruno; and William Padilla.

Tickets to the 4th Annual Cristian Rivera Foundation Gala
Thursday, September 13, 2012 Are on Sale Now!


Purchase Tickets now!
(All tickets purchased Today, Thursday 9/13
before 5pm will be redeemed at the door)

General Admission Silver Ticket Click Here
Includes: Open Bar & Buffet.
Access to all 3 floors including Rooftop.

General Admission Gold Ticket Click Here
Includes: Open Bar & Buffet. Access to all 3 floors including Rooftop.
Swag Bag upon leaving (Gift Certificates & Luxury Items Valued at $150

VIP Admission Platinum Ticket