April 9, 2009
Contact: Jennifer Z. Ekman, Office of Public Relations, (251) 460-6360
Shrimp for Life NYC to Benefit USA Mitchell Cancer Institute
Mitchell Granddaughters to Host Fund-Raiser in New York City on April 17

The granddaughters of Arlene and the late Mayer Mitchell are hosting a New York City fund-raiser to benefit the University of South Alabama Mitchell Cancer Institute on April 17. The Second Annual “Shrimp for Life NYC” will feature a silent auction, dancing, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

Local supporters of the USAMCI are planning to travel to New York City for the event.

The first Shrimp for Life NYC event, held in May 2008, raised more than $100,000 for the Mitchell Cancer Institute.

The co-chairs of the event are Abby Grodnick, Meryl Grodnick, Meredith Wertheim and Julia Wertheim. Members of the benefit committee are Brett Pransky, Courtney Udelson, Sarah Landman, Danielle Levine and Ali Katz.

Abby Grodnick said that the inspiration behind the event comes from her late grandfather, noted local businessman, philanthropist and USA trustee Mayer Mitchell.

“Inspired by the life of philanthropy our grandfather led, we feel this event is our way of honoring his incredible legacy. The cancer center was a longtime dream of his. Being able to attend the grand opening this past November was all the more special as we witnessed his dream become a reality.

“Our efforts last year could never have been as successful without the remarkable support and generosity from our friends and family in the Mobile community. We thank you for your continued support. Together we can make a difference,” Grodnick said.

Dr. Joseph F. Busta, Jr., USA vice president for development and alumni relations, said he is impressed by the philanthropic drive of the youngest generation of the Mitchell family. “A lasting tribute to the life and generosity of Mayer Mitchell is being shown through the energy and dedication of his grandchildren. I know he would be proud of their commitment to cancer research and treatment. The University benefits from their efforts, and I am happy they have brought the message of the Mitchell Cancer Institute to New York City.”

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