Late Tuesday night, in the presence of tens of thousands watching on Matzav.com and listening via a multi-channeled simulcast, the Rofeh Cholim Cancer Society (RCCS) awarded their record-breaking Split-the-Pot jackpot of $234,452.00 to Moshe Lipschitz of Lakewood, NJ. In addition, more than 46 other fabulous prizes were awarded, direct from the Rofeh Cholim Cancer Society (RCCS) headquarters, as the culmination of this year’s RCCS Chinese auction campaign.
Because of the record number of insurance subsidy requests this year from cancer-stricken patients to RCCS, the results of this year’s RCCS Chinese Auction effort, MIRACLES THRU MUSIC 2010, were more important than ever. Although the auction has officially ended, RCCS executives tell Matzav.com that it is not too late to help the hundreds of patients they serve each year, and that donations can still be made thru their web site www.rccscancer.org or by calling 718.RCC.2002.
Yossi Zweig of the Z Report Live, together with Rabbi Yosef C. Golding, Mendy Pellin of Los Angeles and Yoli Lebowitz emceed the evening. Musical entertainment was provided by Shlomie Taussig, Yoely Greenfeld, Yisroel Werdyger, Eitan Katz, the Hamizamrim singers, and the EvanAl Orchestra – plus side-splitting humor by Shlomo Hadarshan — all donating their time and talents to help the patients of RCCS.
The evening, originally slated for 3 hours lasted over 6 hours, as the phone and internet lines were jammed for hours as thousands of last-minute orders came in to the RCCS office. As a result of this campaign, hundreds of Chanukah Packages for RCCS families, all age and gender appropriate, were also donated and they will be delivered this week by RCCS volunteers.
Despite the entertainment and good time had by all, the seriousness of the evening was evident as inspirational interviews were aired with several family members of RCCS patients, with Dr. Michael Zelefsky, chief radiation oncologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, with Dr. Joel Rosenshein, RCCS consultant, and with Rabbi Moshe Klein, chairman of the RCCS Applications Committee, who recited Tehillim in behalf of the patients of RCCS.
RCCS, a recognized 501(c)3 organization, provides an array of services for cancer-stricken patients in need; primary among them is the subsidizing of health insurance premiums, enabling them to obtain the best possible medical care.