So who’s behind all the glitz and glamour? A well-connected board, according to Dr. Pamela Cantor, who founded Turnaround for Children nine years ago. Cantor says chairman Dr. Kelly Posner Gerstenhaber (wife of hedge funder David Gerstenhaber) attracted a board of influential friends, including Cristina Greeven Cuomo, who’s responsible for rallying A-listers like Thurman. What’s more, several of the event’s dinner chairs — which include fashion folk such as Tory Burch, Alison Brod and Chanel senior vice president of public relations Rebekah McCabe — were able to pull strings for the live auction lots (the aforementioned Chanel couture tickets came courtesy of McCabe).
It looks like it pays to have friends in high places: Cantor’s fund-raising goal for the evening is $1 million.