2022 Spring Gala

"Uplifting Humanity"

Join us in honoring Dr. Ida Scudder’s legacy of women’s empowerment, servant leadership and the commitment to the upliftment of humanity! 

Date: April 28, 2022
Time: 6:30pm Cocktails | 7:30pm Dinner and Awards
Location: The Harvard Club of New York City

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Our Honored Guests


Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and Former US Ambassador For Global Women’s Issues – Melanne Verveer

A tireless advocate for the economic and social advancement of women, Melanne Verveer is the former United States Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, the current Executive Director of Georgetown University’s Institute for Women, Peace and Security, and the co-founder of Seneca Women. As the first individual to ever hold the position of Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues, Amb. Verveer coordinated foreign policy issues and activities related to the political, economic, and social advancement of women. She also worked to ensure that women’s rights were fully integrated into U.S. foreign policy.

At Georgetown, Ambassador Verveer’s work focuses on the important role women play in preventing conflict, building peace, growing economies, and addressing global threats like climate change and violent extremism. As a founding partner of Seneca Women, Amb. Verveer encourages leading companies and institutions to design, implement, and measure integrated strategies that focus on women and girls, and drive sustainable social and economic results.

Ambassador Verveer is the co-author of the book, “FAST FORWARD: How Women Can Achieve Power and Purpose.”

Dr. J.V. Peter, Director

CMC Vellore Director – John Victor Peter, MD

Dr. J.V. Peter is the director of CMC Vellore, and a professor of Critical Care Medicine. He graduated from CMC with an MBBS in 1982, and he received his M.D. from the Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University in 1994. He has won several accolades for excellence in his field, including the prestigious Matt Spence and Felicity Hawker medals and the Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine Presidential citation in 2017. He was also the recipient of the Thomas Dina Prize in Physiology, Prof. Gault Prize in Pathology, Paul Harrison Prize in Neurology, and the undergraduate research award, among others. 

Dr. J.V. Peter will be recognized for his unparalleled leadership excellence and for his tireless efforts to combat COVID in South India for the past two years.

Hosted by Lesley Stahl, CBS Broadcast Journalist

Lesley Rene Stahl is an American television journalist. She has spent most of her career with CBS News, where she began as a producer in 1971. Since 1991, she has reported for CBS’s 60 Minutes. She is known for her news and television investigations, and award-winning foreign reporting. For her body of work she has earned various journalism awards including a Lifetime Achievement News and Documentary Emmy Award in 2003 for overall excellence in reporting. 


This Year's Venue...

The Harvard Club of NYC - An New York City Landmark

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The Harvard Club of NYC is a warm and friendly place; an oasis of calm in hectic midtown Manhattan. A landmark building designed by McKim, Mead & White, the Clubhouse is also the hub of an extraordinary array of programming and events. The 120-year old Clubhouse provides a respite from the bustle of the city just outside, with personalized service, fine dining, and the amenities of a luxury, boutique hotel. 

The Club offers many opportunities for its members to give back. The Harvard Club of NYC has a firm commitment to social causes and making it easy for our members to participate in social outreach programs. The two core areas of their social responsibility programs include the Crimson Impact program and the Harvard Club of New York Foundation

Make Your Overnight Stay Reservations at the Harvard Cub

Perfectly situated in the center of midtown Manhattan, the landmark Harvard Club of New York City offers 71 fully appointed guestrooms that provide a serene oasis from the busy streets outside.

The guest rooms are newly appointed with the latest in comfort, style, technology, and amenities. The rooms are uniquely infused with the history of Harvard, making each a living museum to its past and present.

For reservations, please contact the Front Office at 212.827.1212 or at frontdeskgroup@hcny.comby March 28th, 2022, and provide the group name, “Vellore CMC Foundation Group”. 

Sponsorship Opportunities and Tickets

Funds raised from this year’s Gala will support the education of CMC’s future humanitarian healthcare providers, breakthrough research in medical science and the compassionate care of every patient cared for by CMC.