Feinstein Summer Concert raises $3.6M to advance medical research

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Enrique Iglesias

OLD WESTBURY, N.Y.– Grammy Award-winning and multiplatinum-selling artist Enrique Iglesias recently took center stage at the 17th annual Feinstein Summer Concert, which raised $3.6 million to support medical innovations.

For more than two decades, researchers at Northwell Health’s Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research have made important discoveries in oncology, autoimmunity, neuroscience and genetics that translate into clinical advances and transform the treatment of conditions such as lupus, arthritis, sepsis, cancer, psychiatric illness and Alzheimer’s disease. More than 5,000 researchers and staff collaborate across five institutes in behavioral science, bioelectronic medicine, cancer research, health system science and molecular medicine.

“The extraordinary work being done at the Feinstein Institutes continues to strengthen its reputation as a global leader in medical research,” said Northwell President and CEO Michael J. Dowling. “We are driving the breakthroughs that lead to better, longer, healthier lives.”

Since its inception, the Feinstein Summer Concert series has raised more than $33 million to accelerate lifesaving innovations that can treat illness and cure disease. The event, held on July 14th at Old Westbury Gardens, helps Northwell continue to pioneer solutions and unearth new discoveries that are impacting the trajectory of medicine around the world.

“We are grateful for the tremendous support of our benefactors whose generosity fuels the innovations that can improve health for everyone in our communities,” said Kevin J. Tracey, MD, president and CEO of the Feinstein Institutes and the Karches Family Distinguished Chair in Medical Research.

In his remarks at the concert, Dr. Tracey highlighted the impact that inflammation has on people’s health, noting that the condition surpasses infection as the underlying cause of disease and illness. “What if we cured inflammation? At the Feinstein Institutes, my colleagues and I work every day on that question. Science and research change everything,” he said.

Chris Wragge, co-anchor of CBS New York’s News This Morning and News at Noon, served as the event’s emcee for the sixth year. Catering and event design were coordinated by Larry Scott of Lawrence Scott Events. The Feinstein Institutes thanks its generous donors and its leadership sponsors of this year’s event: Susan and Leonard Feinstein, Donald Zucker and Barbara Hrbek Zucker, and Waterfall Asset Management.