R Baby Hero Award

Honoring Inspiring and Dedicated Volunteers
Helping Us Save Babies' Lives

2014 R Baby Hero: Jason Pinsky

When Jason first approached Andrew and I in 2011 to do a tennis event for R Baby, we were so touched and thankful but had no idea what to expect. Here was our younger cousin who had recently graduated from University of Pennsylvania in 2008, committing to getting the top tennis players around NYC to a competitive tournament with proceeds going to R Baby, a new charity for many.

That first tournament at Randall's Island exceeded our expectations on so many levels. Jason was able to sell out spots quickly displaying his tennis network, but once we were there we realized three amazing things: 1) His network had some of the best players in the world, let alone the country, so the tournament was exciting to watch; 2)These same tennis folks were so incredibly generous as they went above and beyond the ticket price and participated in a Calcutta Auction, meaning they were betting on themselves or who they thought would win, which made for an exhilarating way to raise additional funds and, 3) Lastly, the players and people who came to watch were all so supportive of our mission that we were thrilled to have met each and every one.

Needless to say, since that first event, Jason has put on two even bigger events. The second event was at the US Open and the third at the Stadium Tennis Center in the Bronx. The most recent event raised 400% more than the first year, totaling all his events to almost a half of a million dollars! From players to sponsors to food and perks for the day, Jason has made the R Baby NY Tennis Tournament a spectacular day for all.

It goes beyond the funds and awareness that Jason has successfully helped us by chairing this event. It is his dedication and passion to the cause that is most impressive. And his ‘tennis serve’ of course. Many thanks to Jason Pinsky for all his support and energy to R Baby.

— Phyllis and Andrew Rabinowitz

R Baby 1st Medical Hero Award

2014 Medical Hero: Dr. Ernest Leva

I can confidently say that Dr. Ernest Leva's life's mission is the same as R Baby's.  I have been fortunate to meet so many doctors that are passionate about pediatric emergency care but Dr. Leva takes passion to an entirely new level. He is 24/7 working on improving healthcare for children. From his day job of Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and to Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Rutger’s Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, to his position as District 4 Coun- selor at New Jersey American Academy of Pediatrics, to being a valuable R Baby Medical Board member, to many more leadership roles, he is truly committed to our vulnerable citizens.

His contributions to R Baby are significant as he is always thinking of us and helping out whenever we need it. He has been a leader and valued voice with our advocacy plans, our advertising campaign, our events, our parent education, as well as introducing us to families and leaders in the field. He is an endless source of support and passion.

Dr. Leva is one of those people that you feel lucky to have met in your life. Always there when you need him. Always thinking of your best interests. And always making the world a better place with the clear focus of the best healthcare for all our children. He is truly an inspiration to us all. R Baby is honored to honor him.

— Phyllis Rabinowitz, R Baby Co-Founder