20th Anniversary Collaborating for a Cure Gala Benefit to honor in memoriam William S. Gorin, former CEO of MFA Financial, Inc.

Cancer Research Benefit to feature performance by The Avett Brothers


William S. Gorin

The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Collaborating for a Cure Benefit Dinner & Auction on November 16, 2017 at Cipriani Wall Street. The event will honor the memory of William S. Gorin, former Chief Executive Officer of MFA Financial, Inc., and a longtime SWCRF supporter who passed away in August after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.  

The Collaborating for a Cure Gala will be hosted by Chris Wragge, co-anchor of CBS 2 News This Morning, as master of ceremonies and will feature a musical performance by The Avett Brothers. 

The evening’s much-anticipated live and silent auctions will offer guests the opportunity to bid on an exciting selection of exclusive items. 

Known affectionately by New Yorkers as “The Waxman,” this yearly fête is considered to be among the top fundraising events in New York City, attended by more than 1,200 corporate executives, board members, and their guests. In recent years, “The Waxman” has raised millions of dollars to support the Foundation’s research efforts to produce a cure for cancer. 

The Collaborating for a Cure Gala has featured performances by a Who’s Who of classic rock and pop music over its 20-year history, including: Peter Frampton, Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes, Steely Dan, Steve Winwood, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, John Fogerty, Sheryl Crow, Kid Rock, The Wallflowers, Lyle Lovett, Counting Crows, Train, Ziggy Marley and Roger Daltrey.

About William S. Gorin

William S. Gorin was the Chief Executive Officer of MFA Financial, Inc. from January 2014 through the time of his death in August 2017. He also served as amember of MFA’s Board of Directors from 2010 through August 2017.  From 2008 to 2013, Mr. Gorin served as President of MFA.  From 1997 to 2008, he served as an Executive Vice President of the company and, from 2001 to September 2010, he also served as its Chief Financial Officer.  During his tenure with MFA, he also served as the company’s Treasurer and Secretary.  From 1989 to 1997, he held various positions with PaineWebber Incorporated/Kidder, Peabody & Co. Incorporated, serving as a First Vice President in the Research  Department.   Prior  to  that  position,  Mr.  Gorin  was  Senior  Vice  President  in  the  Special Products Group.  From 1982 to 1988, Mr. Gorin was employed by Shearson Lehman Hutton, Inc./E.F. Hutton & Company Inc. in various positions in corporatefinance and direct investments.  Mr. Gorin received an M.B.A. from Stanford University and his undergraduate degree from Brandeis University. 

The Avett Brothers

About The Avett Brothers

If you put your ear to the street, you can hear the rumble of the world in motion; people going to and from work, to school, to the grocery store. You may even hear the whisper of their living rooms, their conversation, their complaints, and if you’re lucky, their laughter. If you’re almost anywhere in America , you’ll hear something different, something special, something you recognize but haven’t heard in a long time. It is the sound of a real celebration.  It is not New Year’s, and it is not a political convention. It is neither a prime time game-show, nor a music video countdown, bloated with fame and sponsorship. What you are hearing is the love for a music. It is the unbridled outcry of support for a song that sings to the heart, that dances with the soul. The jubilation is in the theaters, the bars, the music clubs, the festivals. The love is for a band. The songs are honest: just chords with real voices singing real melodies. But, the heart and the energy with which they are sung, is really why people are talking, and why so many sing along.  They are a reality in a world of entertainment built with smoke and mirrors, and when they play, the common man can break the mirrors and blow the smoke away, so that all that’s left behind is the unwavering beauty of the songs. That’s the commotion, that’s the celebration, and wherever The Avett Brothers are tonight, that’s what you’ll find.