On ThursdayNovember 21, 2019, the Orthopaedic Foundation hosted their 15th Anniversary Gala at the St. Regis Hotel in NYC. Dr. Kevin Plancher, founder of the organization, honored some of the most notable public figures when it comes to athleticism, philanthropy, and leadership such as Bernard Hopkins (Legendary Boxing Champion & Hall of Fame Inductee), Kevin Weekes (Former NHL Goalie, current Broadcaster/Analyst for NHL & ESPN), Celebrity Chef Dino Gatto (Executive Chef RAO’S), Celebrity Chef Andrew Whitney (Executive Chef/ Owner of Dell ‘anima), Victor Muro (President & CEO of Integrated Financial Strategies) and Richard “Big Daddy” Salgado (President & CEO Coastal Advisors LLC & Master of Ceremonies).

“The 15th Anniversary Gala allowed us to raise significant funds to continue our cutting-edge research for sports injuries and Musculoskeletal diseases such as Arthritis,” said Dr. Plancher. “We thank all the honorees and guests for coming out  to celebrate with us and for making our night a huge success. 

“It was such a pleasure and honor to be the Orthopedic Foundation Gala’s MC and honoree,” said Richard Big Daddy Salgado. “I look forward to continuing to do great work for the organization and advancing their mission.”

Celebrity guests Dennis Seidenberg (Former NY Islander), Erik Coleman (Former NFL Safety), Zab Judah (Multi-time Former World Champion In Two Weight Classes), Monte Barrett (Former Heavyweight Boxer), Brian Baldinger (Former NFL Offensive Lineman & Sports Analyst) andDeeMo (Actor/Songwriter) walked the red carpet and celebrated the evening with the honorees.

Guests were wined and dined with a 4-course decadent meal prepared by Chef Dino Gatto and Chef Andrew Whitney with exclusive wine pairings from The 1 Wine company. Guests were entertained by the performance of world-famous comedy enterprise Second City Works. Significant funds were raised through a live and silent auction benefiting the foundation.

About The Orthopaedic Foundation

The Orthopaedic Foundation was created as a not-for-profit (501) C(3) organization whose primary function is to effectively promote, support, develop and encourage research and education concerning minimally invasive orthopaedic surgery and advancements in musculoskeletal diseases. The Foundation is additionally committed to initiatives that educate individuals of all ages who are passionate about a healthy and active lifestyle and engage in self-directed practices to maintain that lifestyle. The aim of the Foundation is to discover new modalities for the treatment of orthopaedic injuries and musculoskeletal disease, to promote injury prevention, and to explore minimally invasive treatments that guarantee shorter recovery time and faster return to daily activities. www.ofals.org

About Dr. Plancher, MD, MPH

The Orthopaedic Foundation was founded by Kevin Plancher, MD, MPH – an innovative and world-renowned orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine expert who lectures globally on issues related to orthopaedic procedures and sports injury management.