About the Event

Brain tumors are no laughing matter.. but sometimes laughter can be the best medicine.

Join us on Thursday, October 12, for our annual comedy night fundraiser in support of pediatric brain tumor research. The event draws 300 attendees from New York City and the surrounding areas to enjoy performances by famous comedians, including Jim Gaffigan in 2018, special Tony-Award winner, Freestyle Love Supreme in 2021, Jordan Klepper and Roy Wood Jr. from The Daily Show in 2022, and many more, while helping support critical research into pediatric brain tumors.

This unique event is essential in supporting the important research of Dr. Jeffrey Greenfield and Dr. Mark Souweidane. They co-founded the Children’s Brain Tumor Project at Weill Cornell Medicine to enable the scientific discovery of safer, more effective treatment options. This event is critical to fund this groundbreaking research that will improve outcomes for all children diagnosed with brain tumors. It is the support of generous sponsors and ticket holders who bring HOPE to these children and their families.

It is the support of our generous sponsors and ticket holders who bring HOPE to the children and families facing the heartbreaking diagnosis of a pediatric brain tumor.


Our Honoree

Meryl Witmer

This year, the Children’s Brain Tumor Project is proud to honor Meryl Witmer, founder of Eagle Capital Management, LLC and mom to brain tumor survivor, Andrew. Ms. Witmer exemplifies the meaning of a patient advocate. She was instrumental in the creation of Kids Cure Pharma, making a wide-reaching impact in the lives of so many children. On top of that incredible feat, she has shown generous support for additional research advancements including Dr. Mark Souweidane’s novel work using convection-enhanced delivery in children with deadly brain tumors. Her door is always open to families who face this frightening diagnosis, and she demonstrates unwavering commitment to this important cause.

The Team

Dinner Chair Tara Lipton

Event Committee

Louis & Cindy Campbell  •  Rachele Dubin    Shirah Dunphy    Kyle Fisher    Dr. Caitlin Hoffman    Dr. Carrie Long  •  Dana & Robert MacNaughton    Anne McBride  •  Mike & Emma Hill Minter  •  Tessa Naso  •  Kathleen O’Connell    Tina Peloquin    Anthony Trimarchi    Pete & Mary Zappulla.

About the Beneficiary

The Children's Brain Tumor Project is a research initiative founded in 2012 by Dr. Jeffrey Greenfield and Dr. Mark Souweidane at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine

The mission of the Children's Brain Tumor Project is to improve the outcome for children with brain tumors by advancing scientific discovery and clinical research that focuses on targeted therapy, effective drug delivery, and low treatment-related toxicity. The Children’s Brain Tumor Project has a single goal: to bring hope to children and their families who are confronted with the diagnosis of a rare and often incurable brain tumor.

Rare pediatric brain tumors have been grossly neglected in the research landscape for years, and the Children’s Brain Tumor Project at Weill Cornell Medicine has emerged as the go-to research entity that has established a niche in developing new protocols for treating these children. We believe children from all over the world should have access to innovative options beginning with world-class, minimally invasive surgery, and extending into targeted treatment options centered on precision medicine and drug delivery approaches that would not otherwise be available to them.