American Cancer Society To Honor Mark Gordon, MD, at Diamond Gala


WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (August 29, 2016 ) – The American Cancer Society is proud to announce the 25th Annual Diamond Gala, set for Friday, September 16, 2016 at LIFE The Place To Be, 2 Lawrence St, Ardsley, NY. Tickets for the evening of dinner and dancing are available at $300 or two for $550 by contacting Jackie Walsh at or call (212) 237-3811.

Honoring 25 years of patient service in the field of surgical oncology, Dr. Mark Gordon of the White Plains Hospital Center for Cancer Care and Chairman of the White Plains Hospital Cancer Committee, will be the recipient of the American Cancer Society’s prestigious Beacon of Hope Award. “This award is presented annually to an individual or business in the region who has demonstrated an unyielding commitment to the fight against cancer,” according to Jackie Walsh, Senior Development Manager for the Society. “Dr. Gordon’s leadership, passion and dedication for twenty-five years has helped inspire hope for hundreds of cancer patients in and around Westchester County.”

“Dr. Gordon is a highly skilled surgeon who demonstrates kindness and compassion to everyone he meets. When he is caring for you, he makes you feel like you are the most important person in the world,” said Una Hopkins, Administrative Director of the Cancer Program at White Plains Hospital. “He is a leader among his peers, admired by those who work with him in and out of the OR and highly recommended to others by his patients; the highest recommendation any medical professional can achieve.”

Diamond Gala Supports Cancer Patient Programs
For twenty-five years, the Diamond Gala has supported patient services and programs aimed to reduce the pain and suffering of cancer. Additionally, through the efforts of the volunteer committee and generous donors in the Westchester community, over $300,000 has been raised through a special mission fundraiser at the Diamond Gala to specifically support Hope Lodge, a Society service that provides free lodging for cancer patients receiving treatment far from home. A patient room at the Society’s NYC Hope Lodge has been named in honor of the Gala committee for its unyielding commitment to provide direct, nurturing care to patients.

About the Diamond Gala
The Diamond Gala is the American Cancer Society’s premier distinguished event in Westchester County, uniting business and philanthropic leaders for an unforgettable evening of cocktails, food, music, a silent auction, and a special mission fundraiser for the Hope Lodge Network. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are still available. For information and tickets please go to or visit us on Facebook at

About American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society was created more than 100 years ago for one purpose—to liberate the world from the threat of cancer. We are advocates, researchers, volunteers, caregivers, survivors, patients and donors. Together, we are a united force of 2.5 million strong against all cancers. From prevention to diagnosis, from treatment to recovery, the American Cancer Society is here every step of the way. Thanks in part to our efforts, there has been a 23% decline in the cancer death rate over the past 21 years. That’s 1.7 million deaths prevented. We’re leading the way to transform cancer from deadly to treatable and from treatable to preventable.

About White Plains Hospital

White Plains Hospital (WPH) is a proud member of the Montefiore Health System, serving as its tertiary hub of advanced care in the Hudson Valley. WPH is a 292-bed not-for-profit health care organization with the primary mission of providing exceptional acute and preventive medical care to all people who live in, work in or visit Westchester County and its surrounding areas. Centers of Excellence include the Center for Cancer CareThe William & Sylvia Silberstein Neonatal & Maternity Center and The Ruth and Jerome A. Siegel Stroke Center. The Hospital’s Flanzer Emergency Department is the busiest in Westchester County, seeing nearly 57,000 visits a year. White Plains Hospital performs lifesaving emergency and elective angioplasty in its Joan and Alan Herfort, M.D. Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and Marie Promuto Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. White Plains Hospital also has outpatient medical facilities in Armonk and New Rochelle. The Hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission and earned its recognition as a Top Performer for Key Quality Measures® in 2015 and 2013. The Hospital is also an eleven-time winner of the Consumer Choice Award, an honor given to the nation’s top hospitals by the National Research Corporation, and received Magnet® designation in 2012 from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). In 2014 and 2016, White Plains Hospital received the Outstanding Patient Experience Award from Healthgrades®, given to only 10% of hospitals nationwide. For additional information, visit