On May 3, 2009, CRI hosted the 27th Annual “Through the Kitchen” Dinner at The Four Seasons Restaurant, where 225 guests raised $556,000 to support the CRI Irvington Fellowship Program. The very successful live auction brought in $187,000 of the total donations. Tables at the event were decorated in tribute to the historic, artistic, and cultural riches of the museums of New York City that included the Museum of the City of New York, Museum of Modern Art, New York Hall of Science, American Museum of Natural History, Toy Museum, New York City Transit Museum, Tenet Museum, and so much more. Guests lined up along the buffet to help themselves to museum-themed dishes like SKETCHpad Thai, EggsABITION tamago sushi rolls. Plates in hand, guests entered the restaurant’s famous Pool Room, where floating in the bubbling centerpiece pool was a large model of the historic Intrepid Sea Space & Air Museum, replete with paper airplanes and a thread of twinkling lights strung end-to-end across the imperial ship. Guests included NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg & Diana Taylor, Evelyn & Leonard Lauder, NYC Schools Chancellor Joel Klein & Nicole Seligman, Princess Firyal of Jordan, Marlene Hess & James Zirin, Jessie & Rand Araskog, Liz & Jeff Peek, NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and his wife Veronica, Leslie & Brian Brille,Jill & Lyle Wilpon, Stacey & Matthew Bronfman, Anna-Maria Kellen and her family members Caroline, Denise, and Michael Kellen, Deborah Norville & Karl Wellner. The event’s founder, Cancer Research Institute trustee Lauren Veronis, who was joined by her husband John Veronis, once again delivered a festive and memorable evening in support of a good cause.