Philanthropy is one of the main pillars of the 41°-74° Club that makes us stand out from other travel/hospitality industry organizations. The club hosts a Holiday Luncheon each December which raises thousands of dollars for worthy charities. Our Philanthropic Committee carefully researches local charities to ascertain the best recipients of these contributions. We also often support other causes as the need arises through the generosity of our members.
The Starfish Program is the selected charity to benefit from our Virtual Holiday Fundraiser via Zoom on December 18, 2020. You can make a difference in someone's life. Every single life matters. Below is information about this year's chosen charity. We encourage you to donate to this worthy cause by using the "Donate" button above and entering in any amount you wish.
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The story of The Starfish Program
Dr. Samuel Sigal, responded to the increasing need for a tailored approach to Hepatitis B education by founding the Montefiore Starfish Program in 2017. Together with his Montefiore colleagues, the team now conduct outreach efforts to faith-based organizations on the importance of Hepatitis B screening and administer testing free of charge.
Through the launch of Starfish, Montefiore Medical Center's Liver Center has made a major commitment to address Hepatitis B in the West African population in the Bronx. Their comprehensive, culturally component include:
Understanding community concerns through close collaboration with faith-based organizations
Providing education and raising disease awareness
Screening for Hepatitis B, and vaccinating when appropriate
Blood pressure screening for hypertension (at the time of Hepatitis B testing)
Providing patient navigation, referral, and treatment of Hepatitis B complications, including liver cancer
There is no overhead for the funds received. All personnel are voluntary. The funds will go towards the Hepatitis B blood tests (each costs $30 per patient) and vaccination ($200 per person).
Please click here to read about the inspiration for the Starfish Program's name.