Labapalooza! at CSHL attracts 330 guests, raises $125,000 for cancer and brain research

Cold Spring Harbor, NY – Rock bands with names like Big Band Theory, One Million Counts Per Minute and Dragoneyeseven– composed of molecular biologists and other Laboratory employees -- performed throughout the evening of April 21 on the waterside campus of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL). The event also featured work by artists from across Long Island, the New York area, and elsewhere in the nation. The event, produced by the Laboratory's community-based CSHL Association, raised $125,000 to support the work of young scientists whose research focuses on cancer and brain disorders including autism, Alzheimer's diease, schizophrenia, Parkinson's disease and depression.

"Labapalooza is a really fun and unique fundraising event in which the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Association brings new people to the Laboratory to enjoy an evening featuring tasting dinners in local restaurants and an art show curated by CSHL Association Director David Peikon. It also enables participants to experience the creative range of our scientists performing as the evening's musical entertainment," said CSHL Association President Sandy Tytel. "It's a true blending of communities and there is something for everyone. It was a wonderful evening."

The event's musicians who double as CSHL scientists by day included guitarist Tim Kees, Ph.D., who focuses his research on understanding ways to use the body's own immune system as a weapon against cancer. Another rocker was Ph.D. candidate Kristen Delevich, who studies how a genetic risk factor for schizophrenia changes the way that neurons communicate in the mouse brain.

Notable painters, sculptors and photographers from Long Island and across the country were featured during the event, and donated proceeds from the sale of their works to CSHL: Robert Armetta, Charles Camarda, Franco Castelluccio, Dennis Cheaney, Leeanna Chipana, Steve Forster, Shoshana Golin, Dr. Ron Israeli, Tom Mason, Cinthya Zepeda Mendoza, Edward Minoff, David Peikon, Catherine Prescott, Carlo Russo, Lori Shorin, and Jackie Watson

Labapalooza guests were also treated to fabulous fare from the area's finest food establishments including Anthony Scotto Restaurants' Rare650, Blackstone and Insignia, Bar Frites, Butera's, Cardinali Bakery, CoolFish and Jewel by Tom Schaudel, Fiorello Dolce, La Bonne Boulangerie, Mara's Homemade, Messina Market, Mirabelle Tavern, and Rothmann's Steakhouse.

The event was produced by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Association (CSHLA) directors, including event chairperson Deb Parmet Sondock, art show director David Peikon and organizer Pat Woods.

DBressan_Laba12Dario Bressan, a student in CSHL’s Watson School of Biological Sciences, performs with his band fully comprised of CSHL students and scientists. Simons_Peikon_Laba12Jim Simons, artist Franco Castelluccio, and CSHL Association Director David Peikon.

TSchaudel_Laba12Long Island chef Tom Schaudel served tasting dinners on behalf of his restaurants CoolFish and Jewel Palatnick_Laba12CSHL Association Director Lauryl Palatnick, Mary and Paul Auersperg, and Rob Palatnick

About Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Founded in 1890, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) has shaped contemporary biomedical research and education with programs in cancer, neuroscience, plant biology and quantitative biology. CSHL is ranked number one in the world by Thomson Reuters for impact of its research in molecular biology and genetics. The Laboratory has been home to eight Nobel Prize winners. Today, CSHL's multidisciplinary scientific community is more than 360 scientists strong and its Meetings & Courses program hosts more than 12,500 scientists from around the world each year to its Long Island campus and its China center. Tens of thousands more benefit from the research, reviews, and ideas published in journals and books distributed internationally by CSHL Press. The Laboratory's education arm also includes a graduate school and programs for undergraduates as well as middle and high school students and teachers. CSHL is a private, not-for-profit institution on the north shore of Long Island. For more information, visit