On Tuesday, May 4, noteworthy New Yorkers joined forces on to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Continuum Center for Heath & Healing, an innovative and thriving initiative of Beth Israel Medical Center, at Espace on West 42nd street in New York City.
This year, the Continuum Center toasted Donna Karan, whose Urban Zen initiative has created an optimal healing environment at Beth Israel Medical Center, where western medicine blends seamlessly with the spiritual and emotional needs of the patient. The Continuum Center’s founder Woodson Merrell, MD along with Beastie Boys front man Michael “Mike D” Diamond, Fernanda Niven & Eric Cahan, Rory Tahari, Gabby Karan De Felice,Michelle & Asher Edelman, Dayssi Kanavos, Sharon J. Handler & Ambassador John L. Loeb, Sheila C. Johnson, Margaret & Daniel Loeb, Pat Collins & Bill Sarnoff, Linda & Benjamin Lambert, Fiona & Eric Rudin, Paulette Cole, Charlotte Sarkozy, Somers & Jonathan Farkas, Caroline Hirsch, and Muffie Potter Astor were all on hand to raise their glasses to Ms. Karan. I love Donna as she is always gracious and wonderful to see. I also greatly admire the work she has done with Urban Zen, so it was a great honor to cover this event.
Throughout the evening, guests were treated to some of the program’s organic therapies, including an oxygen bar provided by AirHeads, an organic juice bar, and a reiki healing touch station. MeccaBodega, a New York City based percussion band will entertain guests during dinner. I particularly loved the oxygen which left me both clear headed and refreshed.
The evening also featured a rare and unique acoustic performance by international recording artist, Elvis Costello.
A silent auction, and support from sponsors including Canyon Ranch Living- Miami Beach, helped the Continuum Center for Health and Healing raise over $400,000 at the benefit.
The event co-chairs were Tamara Davis & Michael Diamond, Michelle & Asher Edelman, Sharon J. Handler & Ambassador John L. Loeb, Sheila C. Johnson, Margaret & Daniel Loeb, and Pat Collins & Bill Sarnoff, joined by benefit committee members Michael Stipe, Uma Thurman, Christy Turlington, Dayssi & Paul Kanavos, Linda & Benjamin Lambert, Kathy & Woodson Merrell MD, and Fiona & Eric Rudin.
About The Continuum Center for Health and Healing
The Continuum Center for Health and Healing, is an initiative of Beth Israel Medical Center founded by Dr. Woodson Merrell in June 2000. It provides fully integrative care by practitioners of modern Western medicine, traditional indigenous medicine and progressive mind-body and complementary therapies in a specially designed healing environment. Health services are comprehensive and include acupuncture and East Asian medicine, chiropractic care, craniosacral therapy, nutrition, massage, biofeedback, mind-body therapy, homeopathy, integrative psychology and psychiatry, pediatrics, gynecology, sexual health services, family practice and holistic medicine. The Center for Health and Healing stands at the forefront of the evolution in healthcare, helping to develop new medicines for the 21st century that are rooted in tradition and guided by science. For more information about the Continuum Center for Health and Healing, please visit www.healthandheaingny.org.