Calvary Hospital Hosts Annual Planned Giving Program Reception
Calvary Hospital Hosts Annual Planned Giving Program Reception

BRONX, NY, April 2017 – On April 3rd, Calvary Hospital hosted its Annual Society of 1899 Planned Giving Program and Reception at Christie’s in New York City. The event attracted more than 150 of Calvary’s long-time and newer donors. This year’s program included remarks by Frank A. Calamari, President & CEO, Calvary; Bonnie Brennan, Senior Vice President, Senior Director, Christie’s; with remarks by Elizabeth Wight, Specialist, Private and Iconic Collections; and Michael J.A. Smith, Chair of Calvary’s Professional Advisors Council. After a presentation in one of the auction rooms, guests were treated to a reception and private viewing of Christie’s “Betsy Bloomingdale: A Life in Style” sale.

BRONX, NY, April 2017 – On April 3rd, Calvary Hospital hosted its Annual Society of 1899 Planned Giving Program and Reception at Christie’s in New York City. The event attracted more than 150 of Calvary’s long-time and newer donors. This year’s program included remarks by Frank A. Calamari, President & CEO, Calvary; Bonnie Brennan, Senior Vice President, Senior Director, Christie’s; with remarks by Elizabeth Wight, Specialist, Private and Iconic Collections; and Michael J.A. Smith, Chair of Calvary’s Professional Advisors Council. After a presentation in one of the auction rooms, guests were treated to a reception and private viewing of Christie’s “Betsy Bloomingdale: A Life in Style” sale.

Calvary Hospital was founded in 1899 by dedicated volunteers, with supporting gifts and bequests dating back to the turn of the century. Since those initial bequests, estate gifts have played a significant role in sustaining the hospital and maintaining its high standard of compassionate care and its ability to expand beyond its original location in the Bronx. Today, CalvaryCareSM can be obtained at a 200-bed Bronx hospital, 25-bed Brooklyn Satellite, The Dawn Greene Hospice at Mary Manning Walsh Home in Manhattan, Ozanam Hall in Queens, and in homes throughout the metropolitan area.

Calvary established The Society of 1899 to honor the visionary men and women who have made a planned gift or bequest to the hospital. These generous legacy gifts insure that Calvary’s core values of non-abandonment and death without physical pain and suffering will extend to future generations when they need this critical care.

Since 1899, Calvary has been the nation’s only fully accredited acute care specialty hospital devoted exclusively to providing palliative care to adult patients with advanced cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. Each year, thousands of patients receive CalvaryCareSM throughout the greater New York area. To learn how Calvary can help you and your family, please visit: www.calvaryhospital.org.




Calvary Hospital hosted its Annual Society of 1899 Planned Giving Program and Reception recently at Christie’s in New York City, for more than 150 attendees. Pictured (left to right):

  • Frank A. Calamari, President & CEO, Calvary;
  • Bonnie Brennan, Senior Vice President, Senior Director, Christie’s and member of Calvary’s Professional Advisors Council;
  • Elizabeth Wight, Specialist, Private and Iconic Collections; and
  • Michael J.A. Smith, Chair of Calvary’s Professional Advisors Council.


A collection of couture gowns purchased and worn by Betsy Bloomingdale from the design houses of Christian Dior, Oscar de la Renta, Valentino and Chanel.




Calvary Hospital hosted its Annual Society of 1899 Planned Giving Program and Reception on April 3, 2017, at Christie’s in New York City, for more than 150 attendees. Pictured: guests learning about the “Betsy Bloomingdale: A Life in Style” sale.



Enid and Paul Rosenberg enjoying the exhibit. Mr. Rosenberg is a member of Calvary’s Professional Advisors Council (PAC). The PAC was established by the Calvary Fund, Inc. to assist the Board of Directors and staff in securing the financial support required to operate the country’s only acute care specialty hospital dedicated to palliative care for adults with advanced cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. PAC members are volunteers from the legal, investment, accounting, insurance, and banking professions.




The Society of 1899 honors the visionary men and women who have made a planned gift or bequest to the hospital. These generous legacy gifts insure that Calvary’s core values of non-abandonment and compassionate, comprehensive care will extend to future generations who may need us.

Society of 1899 members who attended Calvary’s Christies event included:

Pictured left to right
(seated): Rose Carmen Zanca, Barbara Gottlieb, Magdalen Gaynor, Esq. and Susan Gernert

Pictured left to right (standing): Frank A. Calamari, President and CEO, Calvary Hospital, Paul Rosenberg, Esq., Thomas G. Ferrara, Carolina Baron, Jane Killilea and Tomas Killilea

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