Thanks to private funding, 100% of every dollar donated to The Lustgarten Foundation goes directly to pancreatic cancer research.

Event Wrap Up

Each year The Lustgarten Foundation hosts hundred of events nationwide in support of pancreatic cancer research. It's with the help and organization of people like you, that these events are able to take place. For more information on these events, or how to create one of your own please contact Susanne Igneri at or 516.803.2339

Party in the Penthouse

Thank you, New York City! The second annual Lustgarten Foundation Winter Fundraiser in New York City was a huge success!  Special thanks to event sponsor, Celgene for their generous support. Thank you to all of our generous sponsors and guests for supporting this event! Two hundred people joined us at the beautiful Manhattan Penthouse and enjoyed the stunning views of NY, the classic rock and roll sounds of The Legendary Murphy's, the delectable food and cocktails, and the fun raffle and silent auction prizes. More than $100,000 was raised at the event all of which will go to pancreatic cancer research.

Party in the Park

More than 200 supporters gathered at Celsius at Bryant park for the inaugural "Party in the Park". This event raised more than $110,000 for pancreatic cancer research. The evening included exciting auction and raffle prizes. Fabulous entertainment was provided by a mentalist and mimes. Scott Nelson, an 8-year pancreatic cancer survivor was The Lustgarten Foundation's guest speaker. Scott opened the night with a moving speech of promise and progress. 



Long Island Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk

Long Island Walk

A record breaking 7,500 people turned out for this year's walk raising more than one  million dollars for research! Congratulations and thank you to all volunteers, sponsors, and participants of the 12th Annual Long Island Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk at Jones Beach! This was the most successful walk to date, and we have already raised close to $1.1 million. The Lustgarten Foundation was honored to have special guest Senator Charles Schumer join us during the opening ceremonies. At the ribbon cutting, Senator Schumer was joined by 25 pancreatic cancer survivors, MC Colleen McVey, Lustgarten Foundation Chairman, Charles Dolan and Executive Director Kerri Kaplan.

New York City Half Marathon

The Lustgarten Foundation was designated as one of New York City's Half Marathon official charities.  On Sunday, March 17, 2013 Team Lustgarten,  joined over 15,000 runners, racing through a 13.1-miles course around Manhattan. Team Lustgarten raised over $13,000 for pancreatic cancer research.  It was a memorable day for all that attended.  Special thanks to everyone that supported this event.

Pancakes for a Purpose

Tammi Brady celebrated her late husband's birthday by eating pancakes with her family and friends while raising money to fight the disease that took Dave Anstadt's life 11 years ago.  Pancakes for a Purpose breakfast, takes place yearly, in February at the Applebee's, Stonecrest shopping center, Charlotte, North Carolina.  This event has raised more than $18,000 for pancreatic cancer research, a disease that's had a very personal impact on the Brady family. To participate in the 2014 Pancakes for the Purpose grab tickets today!



5th Annual Cromwell 18- Hole Stroll- Travelers Chamionship PGA Tour

The 5th Annual 18-Hole Stroll which took place at the TPF River Highlands Golf Course in Cromwell, CT was once again, a huge success! Congratulations to Brittany Vose who was only 13 years old when she created this event in memory of her father, who passed away from pancreatic cancer when she was only five years old.

This early morning event welcomed more than 100 people who raised more than 100 people who raised more than $40,000. The $50 registration included entry to the Travelers Chamionship Tournament, continental breakfast, live music, official Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk t-shirt, and a silent auction. Very special thanks to The Travelers Chamionship PGA Tour for their hospitality and generosity!




A Night on the River

On Thursday July 26th, over 500 young professionals gathered for A Night on the River, a charity event in support of pancreatic cancer research to benefit The Lustgarten Foundation.  The event took place at the Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club, an outdoor venue in the South Street Seaport with a phenomenal view near the Brooklyn Bridge.  On Thursday, the weather forecast looked particularly ominous, and guests braved torrential rain to attend.  Soon after, however, the rain had subsided and the party was in full swing.  Attendees enjoyed a warm welcome from Kerri Kaplan, Executive Director of the Lustgarten Foundation; a busy open bar, DJ and dancing; and the scenic venue was packed full. The benefit raised over $65,000 a huge success for a first-year event-and A Night on the River is well on its way to becoming an annual occurrence.

Andy Pederson Golf Outing

Andy Pedersen was a well-liked, hard-working member of the Long Island community whose vibrant life was cut short at the age of 63 from pancreatic cancer.  Andy was diagnosed with the disease in February of 2010 and died shortly after in June.

On July 23, 2012 seventy two golfers took to the greens at the Willow Creek Country Club in Mt. Sinai to celebrate Andy's life by playing the game he enjoyed, and raising awareness and funds to fight this heart-breaking disease.  It was a huge success!  We look forward to next years event.


Galleria Fine Arts

On October 21st, owners of The Galleria of Fine Arts in Greenvale, NY held a fundraising reception to benefit The Lustgarten Foundation.  The evenings festivities included music, wine, hors d'oeuvres and an auction.  Special thanks to everyone who  supported this event.

Guinness World Record  - Most people making spring rolls simultaneously

The most people making spring rolls simultaneously is 327 and was achieved by Team Ross (USA), in Tyler, Texas, on 2 September 2012. Team Ross raised $1,000 for pancreatic cancer research. The spring rolls made were Filipino ‘lumpia’ and each contained ground pork, dried onions, dried garlic, dried red pepper and salt.




Rock N Roll to a Cure

After Andrew Petruzzi's friend was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, on June 24th, he joined forces with The Lustgarten Foundation and together hosted Rock-N-Roll to a Cure. Attendees rocked to the sounds of the Bruce Springsteen tribute band, Tramps Like Us. It was a huge success raising over $25,000 to benefit the Lustgarten Foundation. It was a fun-filled day for all.



Marlon Brando Sat Here

On October 1, Lustgarten Foundation friend and supporter, Actor, Vincent Pastore produced a reading of the play, Marlon Brando Sat Here.  The play was dedicated in memory of Florence Grimaldi, wife of Actor, Dan Grimaldi who lost her battle with pancreatic cancer in August.  Mr. Grimaldi directed the production.
Two of the original cast members will be performing in this production, Michael Aronin and Janet Sarno!  Additional cast members include Steven Brandt, Victor Colicchio, Dan Grimaldi, Anna Mastroianni, Lou Martini, Jr., Ernie Mingione, Nick Puccio, Anthony J. Ribustello, Tony Ray Rossi, Gary Roupenian, Luigi Scorcia, Darryl J. Wey, and Nick Wey.

Oktoberfest Celebration

On September 23, 2012 Ed Lachterman held an Oktoberfest Celebration at Murphy’s Restaurant located in Yorktownn Heights, New York.  He decided to organize this event, in honor of Rob Olmsted, Jack Murphy and Rose McTygue, who have succumbed to this disease.  The Oktoberfest, was enjoyed by all, it featured traditional Oktoberfest foods and a selection of beers and wines. The Melting Pot of White Plains also provided a dessert table with chocolate fondue and accompaniments. There was musical entertainment supplied by “Class Action” as well as the comedy of local funnyman John Iavarone.  More than $13,000.00 was donated to the Lustgarten Foundation.


On November 17th, the Lustgarten Foundation, teamed up with Equinox to offer fitness classes while raising funds and awareness for pancreatic cancer research.  The fitness classes included yoga, metcon3 and cardio sculpt.  Thank you to the more than 25 individuals who participated in this fun filled day of fitness.  Special thanks, to the Equinox on 54th Street in New York, for providing the space and instructors for the day.

Spencer Selects

Jewelry Artist Boutique in the Hamptons
A talented and innovative group of jewelers from around the country participated in an invitation-only boutique in the private home of Pamela and David Spencer in East Hampton, NY. The event, which took place on July 14 & 15 raised over $14,000 to benefit The Lustgarten Foundation.  Each guest paid $100.00 to attend the event and each jeweler donated a portion of their sales to The Lustgarten Foundation.

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