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2011 Crown Awards Honor Longtime Supporters

2011 Crown Awards Honor Longtime Supporters

January 3, 2012

The College of Physicians and Surgeons celebrated longtime benefactors who have made considerable contributions to the College as well as across Columbia University, leaving an indelible mark on students, faculty and patients. 

The second annual Crown Awards, held on Wednesday, October 26, 2011, at The Plaza Hotel, was attended by 400 friends and supporters of P&S, as well as faculty, staff and patients. This year’s Crown Awards raised more than $1 million, which will go toward supporting students and faculty. 

The event was hosted by former New York City Mayor Edward Koch and highlighted by tributes to friends of P&S who have given magnanimously and devoted their time and resources to the College and CUMC. The 2011 Crown Award honorees include:

Angelica Berrie and The Russell Berrie Foundation
The Berrie family and The Russell Berrie Foundation are committed to helping patients with diabetes and their families, particularly by advancing research and care though the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at CUMC. Angelica Berrie continues to advance her late husband’s commitment to work towards a cure for diabetes. 

Helen and Clyde Wu, M.D.
Married nearly 50 years, Helen and Clyde Wu, M.D., have shared a life together marked by dual passions in music and medicine, which has manifested in philanthropic pursuits of the arts and sciences at CUMC. The Wu family's most recent gift will help realize the Medical and Graduate Education Building, the centerpiece of the Medical Center's Campus Revitalization effort.

In Memoriam: Judith P. Sulzberger, M.D. 
Dr. Judith P. Sulzberger was a 1949 graduate of Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. She founded the Judith P. Sulzberger Genome Center at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons, and remained engaged with students and faculty until she passed away in early 2011.

Video profiles of the 2011 honorees were shown at the Crown Awards, and can be viewed in the Donor Impact section.