Celiac Disease Center At Columbia University Gala Photos

8 Comments 21 October 2008

Macro shot of one of the fancy dessert items.

The 7th Annual Gala Fundraiser for the Celiac Disease Center At Columbia University took place on October 16th, 2008. The event was at the posh Mandarin Oriental Hotel and there were several hundred people in attendance.  I brought my new Nikon D80 with me and my only two lenses, a zoom and a macro. You know how it has become sort of a tradition to share my Vanity Fair style photos of these events with you. Well, the funny thing is that I totally don’t know what I’m doing yet with my new camera and I was scrambling to figure it all out! I just decided to have fun with it and joked with my "models" while I backed up about 20 feet for a decent shot. Hopefully, in time I’ll figure out my new tools. (Any camera buffs out there? Feel free to share your tips!) In the meantime, here are the shots I took that are decent enough to share.

The Teitelbaum family started the program with a warm welcome.

Dr. Peter Green chatting it up with Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

Michael Riley and Sprig online green guide designer, Julie Fowler


Dr. Robin Gymryk and guest. Turns out that Dr. Gymryk is a dermatologist with celiac disease that suffered from dermatitis herpetiformis. I wish I had met her about fifteen years ago.


The Colin Leslie (left) Walk For Celiac Disease raised nearly $44,000 this year and Eesha Dave (right) just published a children’s book, Timmy’s Gluten-Free Safari, that will benefit the center.

I bump into Amy and Doug Hertford at almost every celiac disease related event! The odds are high that you’ll bump into Doug at Lilli & Loo’s too!

I wanted to show you the pretty desserts…

…and the gorgeous table settings. Joan’s GF Great Bakes  and Everybody Eats contributed a variety of bread and rolls.

The evening started with a cocktail hour and mingling. This year the center honored Tal & Ariel Recanati, Ford’s Gourmet Foods (aka Bone Suckin’ BBQ Sauce), and the John J. Kelly Celiac Disease Foundation. Dr. Green also introduced the center’s new staff members Christina Tennyson, MD (Gastroenterologist), Carolina Arguelles, MD (Research Associate) and Suzanne Simpson, RD (Registered Dietitian).

I was surprised and thrilled to meet the Alkatraz swimmer, David Milkes, and his two sisters. And everyone was pleasantly surprised when the Nobel Prize winner for medicine, Eric Kandel stepped up to the podium during the program.

As you can see, it was a lovely evening.

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8 Comments so far

  1. 1
    deborah Shear says:

    Hi Kelly,
    It was a terrific party. I am sad I didn’t see you. Ron told me you were looking for me.
    Hope to see you at the next event. Meanwhile, keep writing!
    Best, Deb Shear

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    TJ says:

    Wow – what a fabulous looking event!!! And both Joan’s and Everybody Eats donated the breads….you guys truly lucked out with the royal treatment! We have some Everybody Eats products in Atlanta now and I hope we can get Joan’s stuff locally eventually. Then my gluten free world will be complete!

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    Rachael says:

    I’d love to know where I can get more info on the book Timmy’s Gluten-Free Safari!

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    Ann Clark says:

    I just read about the giveaway for the book, Women, Work and Autoimmunue Disease: Keep on Working Girlfriend, which is about living with autoimmune disease. That interests me greatly as I have often thought of just giving up and going on Disability but something in me just keeps on going. It seems that when I have been the most discouraged is the time I find a new treatment, an inspirational person/group or a new reason to keep on trying. I think the most disturbing part of Celiac Disease is how it affects my brain. Keeping my brain healthy has been my main mission and working seems to help. Autoimmune disease seems to beget other autoimmune diseases (at least in my case) so learning how to take care of myself while still functioning has been the lesson of my life.

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    Dyana says:

    I look forward to reading your new book, it is hard to function sometimes when you have an autoimmune disease. It would be helpful to have a book to help get me through the tough times and still keep a busy job.

  6. 6
    Dyana says:

    I look forward to reading your new book, it is hard to function sometimes when you have an autoimmune disease. It would be helpful to have a book to help get me through the tough times and still keep a busy job.

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    Jenna says:

    email the author at

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    jim nichols says:

    Statistically my chances are about even that one of the doctors i’ve seen has CD and doesn’t know it. Even if I do figure it which one it is, the ones that stick in my memory are the ones who tried to cram it back into my head. Dangerfield said, “The bit about it all being in your head is the most redicules thing I’ve ever heard, its like telling an ugly chick its all in her face!”

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