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Bloomberg Philanthropies Pledges $5M to National Marfan Foundation

Organization's annual Heartworks gala raised close to $1 million on Thursday, not including the Bloomberg funds.

Peter Sachse Jeff Gennette Karen Murray Terry J Lundgren

HAVE A HEART: The National Marfan Foundation got a big boost from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday at its annual Heartworks gala, when his Bloomberg Philanthropies pledged a $5 million, multiyear grant to the organization. The mayor insisted the announcement be made after his departure from the benefit at Cipriani 42nd Street, cochaired by choreographer Ann Reinking.

“We were all in tears,” said Karen Murray, president of VF Corp.’s sportswear coalition and a board member of the foundation. Murray’s own son, Michael, was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, which can lead to fatal aortic ruptures, and she spearheaded the start of the fund-raiser 14 years ago. “We used to hold it in the Liz Claiborne showroom and we charged $20 a ticket,” she remembered, noting that this year’s gala raised close to $1 million, not including the Bloomberg funds.

On hand to support the cause was a team from Macy’s, including Terry J. Lundgren, Jeff Gennette and Peter Sachse, as well as tables bought by The Levy Group, Smart Apparel, Randa Accessories, Li & Fung, VF Corp. and GQ, among others.

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