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REBNY to Honor Richard LeFrak with Humanitarian Award
December 13, 2017
At the 122nd Annual REBNY Banquet on January 18, 2018 at the New York Hilton, we will have the great pleasure of honoring Richard LeFrak with the esteemed Kenneth G. Gerrety Humanitarian Award.
While the many professional successes of Richard speak for themselves – his firm owns more than 40 million square feet of property across the United States – it is his commitment to improving his beloved New York City that makes him such a valued member of the REBNY family.
Richard has supported a multitude of New York institutions, but perhaps none are more important than his support of prostate cancer treatment and research. Thanks to a generous gift from the Richard S. and Karen LeFrak Charitable Foundation, Richard and his family established the LeFrak Center for Robotic Surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital.
The LeFrak Center is a high-tech medical center at the hospital which focuses on robotic surgical techniques for patients suffering from prostate cancer and other urologic conditions; additionally, it supports the treatment of several other medical areas. There are many patients in New York City who have received life-saving care at the LeFrak Center.
Richard has also served on the Board of Directors for the Prostate Cancer Foundation, donating even more time and resources to prostate cancer treatment. And the Richard LeFrak Young Investigators program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai aims to halve the time between medical breakthroughs and patient benefits in urology.
But Richard and his wife Karen’s commitments do not stop there – far from it.
They made major gifts to the American Museum of Natural History in 2012. As a result, hundreds of thousands of children from New York City schools and summer camps can visit the museum free of charge.
In 2013, the LeFrak family helped Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Alliance undertake its “largest and most ambitious project in the Park since it opened in the late 19th century.” The Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Center at Lakeside today gives New Yorkers a place to bike, boat, roller skate, and – every winter – ice skate, while enjoying the Park’s restored landscapes.
These are just a few examples out of a long history of philanthropy and humanitarianism, as the LeFrak Foundation has also donated to the Guggenheim Museum, Barnard College, and the Metropolitan Opera. The Richard S. and Karen LeFrak Endowment Fund also underwrites instruments for the New York Philharmonic. At the end of the day, if you’ve spent any amount of time in New York and experienced any of the cultural institutions in our great city, the odds are that you can in some way thank Richard LeFrak for enabling that experience.
REBNY is proud to honor Richard with the Kenneth G. Gerrety Humanitarian Award.