The Wistar Gala Honoring Russel E. Kaufman, M.D.

 The Wistar Gala Honoring Russel E. Kaufman, M.D.

The Wistar Gala Honoring Russel E. Kaufman, M.D.

Saturday, October 24, 2015 - 6:30pm

The Wistar Institute
3601 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104

The Wistar Gala is a biennial event that recognizes people who have had an impact on biomedical research. In 2015, Dr. Russel E. Kaufman was honored for his contributions as President and CEO of The Wistar Institute for the last 12 years.

After twelve memorable and distinguished years, Russel E. Kaufman, M.D., FACP, FCPP, stepped down as President and CEO of The Wistar Institute in March 2015. Under Dr. Kaufman’s leadership as Wistar’s first-ever President & CEO, the Institute experienced unprecedented growth in its world-class research programs, further enhancing its reputation as one of the world’s foremost leaders in biomedical research. During his tenure, Dr. Kaufman recruited trailblazing scientists and fostered impactful collaborations with academic and life sciences industry partners. Yet perhaps the most notable and enduring example of his ambitious vision and dedication for Wistar is the spectacular Robert and Penny Fox Tower, which opened in September 2014.

“We are not just building a new tower,” said Dr. Kaufman at the launch of the Building Wistar, Changing the World Capital Campaign in 2010. “We are building an entirely new Wistar, one better equipped to link basic science to medical practice.

Mission accomplished. Dr. Kaufman has successfully positioned Wistar on a path of continued transformation.


Here is a special tribute video that was shown at the gala.

The Wistar Gala Committee

Adele K. Schaeffer, Chair
Ron Caplan
Arthur Dantchik
Eleanor Davis
Brian Dovey
Dan Fitzpatrick
Tom Holt, Jr.
Bill Marrazzo
Art Pappas
Ed Ryan
Stephen Tang
Doris Taxin
Fran Tobin
Dick Vermeil

Gala Sponsors

Transformative Leaders

CLAWS Foundation

Global Leaders

Doug & Peggy Briggs
Ellen & Ron Caplan
Betty & Brian Dovey/Domain Associates
Robert & Penny Fox
Tobin Family Foundation
Daniel Wheeler & Amy Fox

Visionary Sponsors

Nancy & Robert S. Blank
Eleanor & Hal Davis

Pat & Irina Gage
George & Pooh Gephart
Jane & Joe Goldblum
Marcy Gringlas & Joel Greenberg
Ruth & Richard Horowitz
Dr. Herbert Kean & Hon. Joyce S. Kean
The Lubert Family Foundation
Abraham & Andrea Morris
Albert Ominsky, the Ominsky Family & Paula Dresnin

Helen & David Pudlin
Adele & Harold Schaeffer
Pam & Tony Scheider
Judith & David Wachs Family Foundation
James Wistar & Patricia Smith

Gold Sponsors

Citizens Bank
Colonial Consulting LLC
Seymore Rubin

Silver Sponsors

The Boland Investment Group of RBC Wealth Management
Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute
Holt Logistics Corp
Susanna Lachs & Dean Adler
Paul & Sharon Schmitt
Doris Taxin & Jack Stievelman
Willis of Greater Philadelphia


Liz & David Anderson
Baker Tilly
Elyse & Max Berger
Fisher Scientific
Arlene & Stan Ginsberg
The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
Peter & Janie Gross
Howson & Howson
Carol & Lawrence Huff
Elaine Levitt
James Lovett & Robin Halpern
Maida Milone
MOLE Street
Pappas Ventures
Pennsylvania Bio
Philadelphia FIGHT
Stanley & Susan Plotkin
Mr. and Mrs. Seymour S. Preston, III
Bob & Caro Rock
Mr. & Mrs. Gerald B. Rorer
Mr. & Mrs. James Schaeffer
Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, LLP
Schultz and Williams
Lesley & Richard Seitchik
Mary L. Smith & Peter MacAlpine
Lynsie & Evan Solomon
Richard & Carolyn Vermeil
University City Science Center
Donna & Lester Weinraub


For additional information, please call Elyse Hoffmann at 215.898.3955 or

The Wistar Institute is a 501 (c)(3) organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible, less $150 per person for those who attend the dinner.