Glenn Dubin of Highbridge Capital Management LLC was delayed overseeing homework, said his wife, Dr. Eva Andersson-Dubin, an internist at NBC, as she greeted guests last night to the inaugural Dubin Breast Center benefit.
The former model, a tall Swedish blonde, wore a body-clinging white knit dress and sparkling shoes.
“Excuse me, are you trying to make me feel ugly and short?” said Nina Wexler, a breast cancer survivor who knits cashmere fingerless gloves to raise money for breast-cancer research. One in eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer.
Andersson-Dubin is a survivor too. Eight years ago, after her diagnosis, she decided to create a treatment center “that gives the best possible care and makes the patient feel special.”
So the Dubins donated $16 million to found the Dubin Breast Center of the Tisch Cancer Institute at Mount Sinai Medical Center, where Glenn Dubin is a trustee. The 15,000-square-foot facility has seen 10,000 patients since it opened on April 6, 2011.
“It’s really my husband who taught me” about philanthropy, Andersson-Dubin said of her partner, the hedge-fund manager who helped start the Robin Hood Foundation.
Massage and Snacks
As many who gathered last night at the Mandarin Oriental attested, Andersson-Dubin has been hands-on at the center, from developing its one-stop service to boutique-like touches offering massage and healthful snacks.
“We’d be in meetings, and Eva would say, ‘We have to have big bowls of fresh fruit and herbal teas,’ said the co-director of the center, Dr. Elisa Port. “I’d say, ‘And coffee,’ and she’d brush it off. Finally, I told her, ‘We keep people here all day,’ and she caved. We got a gourmet cappuccino maker.”
Now the Dubins are working to build a donor base. The event last night raised $1.5 million and drew 400 guests including Tudor Investment’s Paul Tudor Jones, Blue Ridge Capital’s John Griffin, Fortress Investment’s Michael Novogratz, SAB Capital’s Scott Bommer, Moore Capital’s Louis Bacon and Blackstone Alternative Asset Management’s Richard Salomon.
Jones’s daughter, Caroline Jones, 21, performed. She is a singer-songwriter whom Tommy Mottola, a former Sony Corp. music executive, took to Nashville to meet producers, he said. This semester she has been touring boarding schools -- Hotchkiss, Choate, Rye Country Day -- to pass on inspiration to young students, she said.
‘Stand by Me’
At the benefit she performed her own song, “Love You Better,” as well as “Stand By Me,” joined by violinist Charlie Siem and R&B belter Charles Perry.
Glenn Dubin, who arrived at the benefit with plenty of time for cocktails and dinner -- roasted free-range chicken in a garlic and coconut broth -- insisted that the spotlight remain on his wife.
“Eva is the face of the Dubin Breast Center and the voice of the Dubin Breast Center,” her husband said, with his wife by his side. “It’s like you said to me, ‘There must be a reason why I was one of the eight.’”
(Amanda Gordon is a writer and photographer for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are her own.)