About the Event

OCTOBER 10, 7PM - 10PM


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

Join us on Thursday, October 10, 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 for pediatric brain tumors. The 2024 lineup is still being finalized.

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 in funding 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 facing the heartbreaking diagnosis of a brain tumor.


Our Honorees

Each year, the Children's Brain Tumor Project honors individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing treatment in pediatric cancer, demonstrated by their exemplary actions in support of the childhood cancer community. Honorees for 2024 will be announced in May, and they will be in great company. In previous years we have honored the following individuals:

John Rivera, 2018

Michael Minter and Emma Hill, 2019

Tim and Barbara Michels, 2021

Veronica Marsano, 2022

Meryl Witmer, 2023 

The Team

Dinner Chair - Tara Lipton

Event Committee

Louis and Cindy Campbell  •  Rachele Dubin    Shirah Dunphy    Kyle Fisher    Dr. Caitlin Hoffman    Dr. Carrie Long  •  Dr. Jeffrey P. Greenfield  •  Robert and Dana MacNaughton    Anne McBride  •  Michael Minter and Emma Hill  •  Tessa Naso  •  Kathleen O’Connell    Tina Peloquin    Dr. Mark Souweidane  •  Anthony Trimarchi    Amelia Whitmire  •  Pete and Mary Zappulla

About the Beneficiary

The Children's Brain Tumor Project (CBTP) is a research initiative founded in 2012 by Dr. Jeffrey Greenfield and Dr. Mark Souweidane at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine. The CBTP Foundation is the only certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is 100% committed to funding this initiative.

The mission of the Children's Brain Tumor Project is to improve outcomes 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.


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