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DKMS hosts The Blood Ball 2016 with high success


The Blood Ball - The Culture News

Our Review: The evening was flawless, perfectly organized and delivered the best entertainment. The Blood Ball proved once again how an elegant event should be produced with the best of staff, artists, MC, sets, decors, ambiance, drinks, cocktails..and more. Every details were perfected. All to support the greatest cause of all: DKMS. We strongly encourage you to donate to this amazing and deserving organization.

New York, NY – DKMS Global Ambassador & Co-Founder, Katharina Harf and longtime supporter Charlotte Santo Domingo co-hosted DKMS’ highly anticipated Halloween benefit, The Blood Ball, last night at Diamond Horseshoe in Times Square.

Amidst the 500 guests enjoying the party, Event Chair Santo Domingo expressed how much their support makes a difference.

“By being here tonight, we are joining the fight to delete blood cancer once and for all. DKMS has made incredible strides over the years, registering nearly 7 million donors worldwide! But our work is not done. If you have not already registered, please get swabbed. It is a simple, easy process that can result in saving a life,” she said.

Harf thanked her dear friend Santo Domingo & attendees at the event “for coming out and supporting DKMS and The Blood Ball where 100% of the proceeds go directly to helping patients find their lifesaving matches.”

Guests enjoyed endless visual artistry throughout the night, including aerial acts and talent by Shien Artists, including tap dancers from the ghosts of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and much more.

Every sweet tooth in the room was fulfilled through a dessert installation with confectionary delights from Baked by Melissa, Dana’s Bakery, Duane Park Patisserie, NY Cake Pops & others. Drinks were flowing from AB InBev, Wölffer Estate Vineyard, El Buho Mezcal, Atlantico Rum and Espolon Tequila.

Gift bags were provided by Ricky’s NYC which included a specially designed Gabriel & Co. pendant.

International singer/songwriter, Grace, adorned the stage with a special performance.

Guests included Carrie Preston, Taryn Manning, Selenis Leyva, Consuelo Costin, Heather Hahn, Katia Kokoreva, Iskra Lawrence, Rain Dove, Ryan Serhant & Emilia Bechrakis, Tabitha Simmons, Rachel Smith & Cameron Winklevoss & Tyler Winklevoss.


DKMS is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating blood cancers like leukemia and other blood-related illnesses, inspiring both men and women around the world to register as bone marrow and blood stem cell donors. We have registered nearly 7 million potential donors and helped to facilitate more than 59,000 transplants around the world. But we’re not stopping there. DKMS is providing patients with second chances at life, working closely with families from diagnosis to transplant and beyond. The donor journey begins with a swab of the cheek that takes less than 60 seconds and can be the action that leads to a lifesaving transplant. DKMS, originally founded in Germany in 1991 by Dr. Peter Harf, has organizations in Poland, Spain, the United Kingdom, India and the United States. To join the fight against blood cancer & for more information, please visit


Launched by DKMS in 2014, The Blood Ball has become one of New York City’s hottest annual Halloween parties that attracts over 500 upscale NYC-area professionals for an unforgettable evening of music, dancing, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and special performances—all in the spirit of saving lives. 100% of proceeds from The Blood Ball will support the work of DKMS to connect patients with blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma with bone marrow donors who can give them second chances at life.


With her smoky, timeless voice, impressive songwriting chops, and youthful take on pop-soul, singer and songwriter Grace Sewell is one of 2016’s freshest success stories. The 19-year-old Brisbane native burst into the public consciousness with her chart-topping debut single “You Don’t Own Me,” a hip-hop-influenced cover of Lesley Gore’s 1963 emancipation anthem of the same title. A hit in the U.S., “You Don’t Own Me” has racked up nearly 50 million Spotify plays. It also reached No. 1 in the UK and in Grace’s home country of Australia, where it is certified triple-platinum.

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