The Crown Awards Gala
On November 13, 2023, benefactors, faculty, and friends from the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons (VP&S) community joined together to celebrate the 14th Annual Crown Awards Gala at The Glasshouse in New York City. The evening celebrated how Columbia’s philanthropic partners, faculty, students, and staff are “Transforming Health by Driving Discovery.” Thanks to our partners’ support, we are creating space for the next generation of science in our new research building, and launching new initiatives to strengthen the pathways for trainees and early-career faculty to launch careers in research. At the same time, we are building platforms to advance new treatments using cell engineering and gene therapy, and supporting our clinicians in delivering compassionate cutting-edge care at the frontiers of medicine.
This year’s Crown Award was presented to Dr. Carol and Gene Ludwig to honor their support of the new research building and establishment of The Carol and Gene Ludwig Center for Research on Neurodegeneration. Guests also enjoyed a special performance by Tony Award-Winning Actress Kelli O’Hara who performed several Broadway hits. The evening was emceed by NBC 4 New York Anchor, David Ushery.