Wall Street Raises Over $1.7 Million For St. Jude In One Night

Inside the fundraiser at Guastavino's.
Photographer: John Taggart/Bloomberg

For 26 years Wall Street has been holding an annual gathering to sample food from some of New York's finest restaurants while raising millions of dollars for children with cancer. 

Last night's event was no exception, with hundreds of Wall Streeters heading to New York's Guastavino's to taste food from the likes of Benihana, Bobby Vans, Le District, Luke's Lobster, and Trifecta Wines.

All of the cuisine on offer from the vendors was donated, as were auction items that included a New York Giants team experience.

Wall Street Taste of New York
Wall Street Taste of New York
Photographer: John Taggart/Bloomberg

One of the biggest donors of the night wasn't a restaurant, however, but hedge fund titan Steve Cohen.

Rick Shadyac, the CEO of St. Jude's fundraising organization ALSAC, said he met with the Cohen family earlier in the day and that Steve and his wife Alex have committed to donating $20 million to St. Jude over the next five years. 

Rick Shadyac, CEO of St. Jude's ALSAC
Rick Shadyac, CEO of St. Jude's ALSAC
Photographer: John Taggart/Bloomberg

"It's really powerful what you can do in one night," committee member Ferris D'Angelo of Bank of America Merrill Lynch said. 

St. Jude's Karla Micalizzi and Bank of America Merrill Lynch's Ferris D'Angelo
St. Jude's Karla Micalizzi and Bank of America Merrill Lynch's Ferris D'Angelo
Photographer: John Taggart/Bloomberg

It wasn't just Wall Street that made an appearance.

St. Jude brought in the Dismuke family from Tennessee. Parents Craig and Ashley shared their St. Jude story, as their son Ingram was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2012 and is doing remarkably well today. "St. Jude is truly a place of hope," Craig said. 

Craig and Ashley Dismuke with son Ingram at Wall Street's Taste of New York charity event
Craig and Ashley Dismuke with son Ingram at Wall Street's Taste of New York charity event
Photographer: John Taggart/Bloomberg

The event has now raised more than $40 million since its founding.

Corporate sponsors included UBS, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, and Goldman Sachs.

Bloomberg is also a sponsor. 

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