Cocktails & Belmont III took place on June 11, 2022 at RJ Daniels American Bar & Grill in Rockville Centre, New York as our third "evening at the races" style benefit after a three year lapse following our second annual benefit due to the events of COVID-19. We invited friends and supporters of Ken Pribil Jr Foundation to enjoy race-themed festivities while viewing the 154th running of the Belmont Stakes, and were fortunate to raise over $10,000 towards the 2022 Ken Pribil Jr Sarcoma Research Grant, which is earmarked to support Dr. Cristina Antonescu and her team at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for their continuing angiosarcoma research.
The benefit featured a presentation from Mary Reed-Holman, the Corporate and Foundation Relations Officer for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, regarding the research being done by Dr. Cristina Antonescu and how partnerships from foundations such as ours are making a difference in the field of angiosarcoma research. She shared an article that Dr. Antonescu and her team published in the Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer, which is an in-depth analysis of angiosarcoma patients who had been treated with immune checkpoint blockade inhibitors (a medication that stimulates the body’s immune system). The research found that nearly 40% of patients derived clinical benefit from this treatment. This was especially true for angiosarcoma tumors derived from the head and neck. An exciting breakthrough in research for this rare cancer!
We presented our 2022 Ken Pribil Jr Scholarship to two graduating seniors from South Side High School, one of which was present with her family at the event, Kendall Curnuck, and accepted her award and was greeted by a standing ovation from over 100 event participants and foundation supporters. This year's scholarship winners will each receive $1,000 towards their college expenses, and will also be recognized at the South Side High School Awards Ceremony on Monday, June 13, 2022 in Rockville Centre, New York.
Our team of "Junior Board Members" selected three winners for our Belmont Hat Contest, and 29 lucky individuals won high-value raffle baskets, which had a combined retail value of $5,000. This year's generous raffle sponsors include:
Front Street Bakery
Colour Bar Hair
The Catuogno, Etienne, La Vache, La Capria, La Vena, Marmorato, Morreale, and Pribil families
Thank you to all of our event participants, donors near and far, friends at Memorial Sloan Kettering, South Side High School, and the RVC Herald, raffle sponsors, and all Ken Pribil Jr. Foundation enthusiasts for helping making this return to in-person fundraising such a success for our foundation and this important cause!
The Ken Pribil Jr. Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to support cancer research and college education through annual cancer research grants and annual scholarship awards. Since 2006, our Foundation has granted over $65,500 to sarcoma cancer research at multiple research hospitals in the NY area and given over $20,000 in college scholarships to graduating high school seniors from South Side High School in Rockville Centre, New York. Donations made to the Ken Pribil Jr. Foundation are 100% tax deductible.
For the 5th year in a row, we 'took the plunge' in Long Beach, NY on Sunday, February 2nd, 2020. About 30 plungers and supporters gathered at the beach for a dip in the 38 degree waters.
As a group, we raised $5,620 that will go toward funding our 2020 cancer research grant and scholarship award.
A big THANK YOU to all our donors, those who cheered us on in Long Beach and to our plunge team: Joe Dinielli, John Catuogno, Lauren DeMara, Ryan Kennedy, Matt Luvin, Pat McKenna, and Daniel Greenbaum.
Supporters of the Ken Pribil Jr. Foundation competed in a grueling Spartan Race on Saturday, May 9th, 2015. Obstacles were dispersed throughout the Citi Field stadium in Flushing (Queens), NY; the home of the New York Mets.
From climbing walls, to javelin toss, and weighted carries, athletes Kola Owodolu, Kevin Pribil (KPJF Board Member), Ian Beckelman, Max Lawatsch, and Ryan Kennedy (pictured) tackled each challenge in stride in memory of Ken Jr and countless others impacted by cancer.
Close friend and supporter, Jose Flores, ran the NYC and Hamptons marathons to benefit the Ken Pribil Jr. Foundation. His goal is to raise cancer awareness and benefit education and sarcoma cancer research through our Sarcoma Research Grant!
For more information about Jose's journey, visit his Marathon page:
Super athlete and marathon runner, Landon Cooper, or Miles2Give, ran across the state of Illinois on June 11th, 2013 in memory of Ken Jr, Len Dems, and Patricia, Gamble; all Sarcoma Cancer victims. Landon has been running across the USA, from West Coast to East Coast, to raise awareness and fundraise for Sarcoma Cancer.
We are proud to be part of such an inspirational, larger-than-life fundraising effort to benefit Sarcoma Cancer Research and to re-direct the future of this cancer towards a cure! Congratulations Landon and thanks for all you do!
Board Members, Jacqueline Morreale and Amedeo Morreale, attended the Sarcoma Foundation of America's Sarcoma Cancer Summit in April 2013 to learn about new technologies, research and treatments to diagnose and treat sarcoma cancer; inclusive of a series of promising drugs that hope to increase survival rates.
Doctors from Memorial Sloan Kettering, Anderson Children's Cancer Center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Mt. Sinai were in attendance and shared their expertise. In addition, author of Motherhood Exaggerated, Judith Hannan, shared her experiences as a mother who stood by her daughter as she battled cancer.
We extend our thanks to our friend and supporter, Shannon Desmond, for cycling in Kenny's memory at the Los Angeles Cycle for Survival this weekend. The event raised money and awareness for "drastically underfunded" rare cancers, such as sarcoma cancer, in conjunction with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Shannon was one of 13,000 participants, spanning 10 US cities through 27 coordinated rides. Riders at each location were invited to commemorate some special; and Shannon elected to ride with Kenny in mind.
On Sunday, January 27th, 2013, six supporters of the Ken Pribil Jr. Foundation ran the Miami Marathon together to raise awareness for and stand up to cancer. THANK YOU to the ~40 families, individuals, and businesses that donated and made this fundraiser a great success.
Proceeds from these donations will go directly to the 8th annual Ken Pribil Jr. Scholarship Award and begin funding the 2013 Cancer Research Grant.