Streisand: $5 M for H/D raised for Cedars!

Halleluliah. Barbra has raised millions for Cedars Sinai. Also, Ron Perelman for NY Presbyterian!...

How thrilled and grateful I am!

Singing From the Heart

Patrick Mcmullan/PatrickMcMullan.com
Barbra Streisand, Ronald O. Perelman and Christine Quinn at a luncheon in New York on Thursday held to raise awareness of women’s heart disease.
By STUART EMMRICH
Published: September 21, 2012

This week, Barbra Streisand — a Brooklyn native but a California resident most of her adult life — was back in New York, headlining two high-profile events.

On Tuesday night, at a memorial service for Marvin Hamlisch at Juilliard, Ms. Streisand wowed a crowd of notables (Diane Sawyer, Mike Nichols, Joe Torre) with a moving rendition of “The Way We Were,” written by Mr. Hamlisch for the movie of the same name. On Thursday afternoon, she was the featured guest at an intimate lunch at the Four Seasons restaurant, where fellow attendees included Catherine Zeta-Jones, Debra Messing, Donna Karan, Gayle King and Christine Quinn.

And, of course, there’s more to come. On Oct. 11 and 13, the singer will perform at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the first major concert appearance for Ms. Streisand since her European tour in 2007 and reportedly the first time she has performed in her home borough since graduating from Erasmus Hall High School in 1959.

On Thursday, Ms. Zeta-Jones, chatting with fellow guests before the Four Seasons lunch, said she had just seen Ms. Streisand at the Hamlisch memorial. “She was wonderful, just wonderful,” she said. “It was a magical evening.”

And what brought her to the Four Seasons event? “Barbra, of course,” she said. “And Ron.”

“Ron” was Ronald O. Perelman, an organizer of the event, which was designed to heighten awareness of women’s heart disease, a cause he and Ms. Streisand share. Mr. Perelman is the main benefactor of the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and she of the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles. (It was announced at the lunch that Mr. Perelman had just donated $1 million to the Streisand Center, a gift that organizers later said had been matched by Ralph Lauren, Sumner Redstone, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and by Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg.)

In introducing her, Mr. Perelman called Ms. Streisand “talented, beautiful, generous” and a pain in the posterior (though he used a more colorful term) — “just like me.” That quality, he explained after the laughter subsided, was why she was so adamant about raising both awareness and money for heart disease, an illness that Ms. Streisand later told the crowd was “the No. 1 killer of women in the world.”

“In the past, it was thought of as an older man’s disease,” she said, adding that there had been comparatively less research done on its effect on women and how the symptoms are often much different than the classic chest pains felt by men.

That had to change, she said. “I have always been outspoken on issues of equality,” she added. “And gender does matter when it comes to medical science.”

After she spoke, much of the talk was not only of the startling numbers of women affected by heart disease, but also of the excitement of seeing Ms. Streisand in person (looking great in a draped black Donna Karan ensemble and shoulder-length honey-blond hair) and of her concert in Brooklyn.

“Am I going to see her? Of course I’m going to see her,” said Grace Hightower De Niro. “She’s one of those people you just don’t miss, like Bruce Springsteen or Stevie Wonder. She’s an institution.”

The television personality Star Jones, too, professed her interest in seeing Ms. Streisand, but had to cut short her time at the lunch to catch the Acela to Washington. Ms. Jones, who said she had a heart bypass operation two years ago, was scheduled to lead a panel discussion at a gathering of the Congressional Black Caucus. “It’s called ‘When Fat Is Not Phat,’ ” she said. “Got that? F-a-t is not P-h-a-t.”

A few minutes later, she took the last bites of her Dover sole (sauce on the side), and headed for the exit, her form-fitting leopard-print dress and trim figure a seeming testament to what she had earlier called her new life as a “heart disease survivor.”

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:

Correction: September 22, 2012


An earlier version of this article contained an incorrect date for one of Ms. Streisand’s upcoming concerts in Brooklyn. The first of the two shows will be on Oct. 11, not Oct. 12.

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“Ron” was Ronald O. Perelman, an organizer of the event, which was designed to heighten awareness of women’s heart disease, a cause he and Ms. Streisand share. Mr. Perelman is the main benefactor of the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and she of the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles.

***(It was announced at the lunch that Mr. Perelman had just donated $1 million to the Streisand Center, a gift that organizers later said had been matched by Ralph Lauren, Sumner Redstone, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and by Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg.)***

How incredible! Heart Disease for women - VISIBILITY!!!

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Wow!

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This is a fantastic effort by both celebrities - particularly with "Pinktober" just around the corner and its coming avalanche of commercial/corporate ads to promote awareness of breast cancer - as if pink Kentucky Fried Chicken barrels or pink Smith & Wesson handguns (seriously!) can somehow do that!

My PR colleagues working in breast cancer programs have done a fabulous job in convincing women (erroneously) that breast cancer is our predominant health threat - although we know that heart disease kills six times more women than BC does each year.

Campaigns like the Streisand/Perelman ones not only raise women's consciousness about our #1 killer, but these people (and their wealthy friends!) can attract money for research, education and treatment programs! Most celebrities will attach themselves to particular charities or causes - how wonderful that these two have specifically targeted women's heart disease as theirs, and then - more importantly! - put their OWN MONEY where their mouths are!

XOXOXO

http://myheartsisters.org/2012/09/24/a-heart-film-to-watch-before-the-pink- season-arrives/

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I am glad to see we have a couple of celebrities on our side. Yes, I am tired of the Pink everything for breast cancer and not enough red for woman's heart disease.

Thanks for sharing.
Donna

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There is nothing like starting a Monday morning with excellent news and HOPE.
Hope that one day research leads to a cure, lives saved, quality of lives improved and that HD is no longer the #1 killer of women.
I am so grateful these famous high profile people are raising money & awareness to such an important cause.
Our hearts are thankful.

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Yeehaw

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Best news ever!!! Thanks for posting! There's hope @ the end of the tunel for women with heart disease and that's encouraging YAY!!!!

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So wonderful!

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