On Monday night, Cipriani hosted Wall Street for denim-clad doctors, financiers and celebrities as The Basser Center celebrated their third Jean Bash. The biennial gala focuses on individuals who make changes in breast cancer awareness, research and prevention.
Dr. Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania, opened the evening and silenced a crowd of more than 1,000 who challenged the cause. She then introduced the power couple behind the organization: Mindy and Jon Gray. After an exciting standing ovation in support of the founders, who donated $ 55 million to Basser, the two took turns sharing many personal stories and never abandoning each other as they spoke. Jon, the billionaire COO of The Blackstone Group, told how he met Mindy at UPenn and shouted to her father, Phillip B. Basser, who at the age of 102 is known for his Philadelphia Eagles fandom.