Barry Kieselstein-Cord and Bergdorf Goodman Team Up to Fight Cancer
Internationally renowned New York City artist, designer, and entrepreneur, Barry Kieselstein-Cord and Bergdorf Goodman has planned a tribute and exclusive preview and sale where a portion of the proceeds will benefit the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in Miami, FL. Kieselstein-Cord will reveal a new ‘Collection’ at a cocktail reception on October 24 from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. at Bergdorf Goodman, a luxury department store located in midtown Manhattan.
Kieselstein-Cord has been committed to UM/Sylvester since the cancer center opened in 1992 and has spent the last fifteen years combining his talents as a jewelry designer with his passion to support research at UM/Sylvester. The first of many exclusive pieces designed by Kieselstein-Cord for the cancer center was the Tree of Life pin awarded to all UM/Sylvester donor society members. With each exquisite creation Kieselstein-Cord crafts for UM/Sylvester, he furthers the ambition of late founder Harcourt Sylvester Jr. to provide a world-class cancer research and treatment facility.
“Over the last decade and a half, I’ve watched UM/Sylvester become a major, major player in the world of cancer research and clinical care,” said Kieselstein-Cord, whose mother is a Florida native. “UM/Sylvester’s mission is one that I’m very happy to support.”
His dedication to South Florida’s only university-based cancer center has helped to attract donors to UM/Sylvester. International honorary chair of UM/Sylvester’s biannual gala, Kieselstein-Cord, has designed, produced, and donated a unique and important piece of jewelry which has been raffled at every gala.
The relationship between Kieselstein-Cord and UM/Sylvester came about 15 years ago when Lynn Hover (at the time Vice President and General Manager of Neiman Marcus in Bal Harbour, FL) along with UM/Sylvester Founders Fredi Consolo and Gail Gidney, asked him to join their leadership team as they established community support for the cancer center. A research laboratory at UM/Sylvester is named in Kieselstein-Cord’s honor in recognition of his long standing commitment and faithful dedication.
Kieselstein-Cord’s work is actively collected by celebrities from Steven Spielberg to Oprah Winfrey, from Giorgio Armani to Tom Hanks. His pieces, every one of which is signed, dated, and copyrighted, are widely sought and become instant classics, claiming high prices at auctions, making them an increasingly wise investment.
UM/Sylvester opened in 1992 to provide comprehensive cancer services and today serves as the hub for cancer-related research, diagnosis, and treatment at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. UM/Sylvester handles nearly 1,600 inpatient admissions annually, performs 2,600 surgical procedures, and treats 3,400 new cancer patients. All UM/Sylvester physicians are on the faculty of the Miller School of Medicine, South Florida’s only academic medical center. In addition, UM/Sylvester physicians and scientists are engaged in more than 250 clinical trials and receive more than $30 million annually in research grants. UM/Sylvester at Deerfield Beach opened in 2003 to better meet the needs of residents of Broward and Palm Beach counties. A major expansion is currently underway, which will double the size of this facility by adding diagnostic imaging services, additional chemotherapy chairs, and expanded exam rooms. Deerfield Beach offers appointments with physicians from 12 of UM/Sylvester’s 15 Site Disease Groups, complementary therapies from the Courtelis Center, and education and outreach events.