About Chillin’ with Adam

The Adam Gaynes Foundation Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that funds projects and programs at hospitals and schools to help make life easier for these children with the hope of one day finding a cure. The Foundation was created to honor an 11-year old boy and hero to many, Adam Gaynes. On 8/23/04 Adam lost his life long battle to a brain tumor, but has inspired those around him with his constant laughter, smiles, & ability to truly live each day. Your donation to Chillin’ with Adam will make a difference in the care, comfort & eventual cure for children affected with brain tumors. Your generosity will help Adam’s strength, courage & spirit to live on!

Your Generosity Will Make A Difference

Thanks to the generosity of people like yourself the Chillin’ With Adam foundation has raised over $2,500,000 since inception. That is absolutely fantastic yet there is so much more we can achieve together!

Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center

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On behalf of our entire department, I want to say thank you for all you have meant to us this past year. We have been able to open our Pediatric AITU, where our patients can be calm and comfortable while they undergo transfusions and chemo therapy.

— Kusum Viswanathan MD, Pediatric Hematology Brookdale University

The Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology has provided comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care and education to children with blood disorders and cancer for over 35 years. The Division provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care and education to children with blood disorders, Sickle-Cell disease, bleeding disorders and all types of childhood cancers. Starlight Playroom – A 650-square-foot playroom, staffed by a child life specialist and located on the Pediatric floor, is beautifully renovated and stocked with toys thanks to the generosity of the Starlight Starbright Foundation.

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Children’s Hospital at Montefiore

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Your support has been instrumental in improving the quality of life of our pediatric patients and families, both inside and outside of the hospital. Your commitment to the patients and families is unfaltering, and we are incredibly grateful for your generosity.

— Christy O’Keefe

Addressing the physical, medical and emotional needs of children with cancer and blood disorders requires a complex mix of highly specialized care, state-of-the-art technology, child-centered facilities and a passionate, skilled team of physicians and support staff. At The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM), our reputation for excellence in treating pediatric cancer and blood disorders stems from our pioneering role as the first and only hospital in the New York City area to offer virtually everything needed for the care and treatment of these children — all under one roof. CHAM is first and foremost a children’s hospital, designed specifically to accommodate the emotional and physical needs of children who are coping with difficult and traumatic illness. Our buildings, amenities, treatments and focus are all geared towards one goal — providing the very best treatment in the very best environment. From the whimsical décor, to playrooms, learning centers and bedside computers, every aspect of our hospital is aimed at making an inherently difficult situation significantly less traumatic, disruptive and stressful for our patients and their families.

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Empire State Games

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In 1984 the International Games for the Disabled (now known as the Paralympics) were held on Long Island. So impressive was the spirit and determination of the world class athletes, at that event, that New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation initiated a program to give physically challenged youth here in New York the opportunity for athletic competition that would enrich their lives. In the summer of 1985, New York State became the first state in the country to offer a free adapted sports program for youngsters. The Games drew 240 participants from all over the state that first summer. That number has grown to nearly 1600 athletes statewide between two regional competitions that are now held each year. In December of 2010, due to the financial difficulties within the state, all funding was eliminated for the Empire State Games programs. But through the efforts of some very dedicated and caring individuals along with the support of SUNY College at Brockport and the community, we are proud to say we will be celebrating our 27th year of Competition.

Half Hollow Hills

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Installed a taverse climbing wall in the gymnasium that serves to support the social, Physical, and emotional development of students who have adaptive physical education needs. A student who receives adaptive physical  education needs every opportunity to feel as if he/she is part of the whole class. This climbing wall helps  support children with physical challenges while being fully included in the general class structure.

Mount Sinai Beth Israel

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Continuum Cancer Centers of New York – located at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, Mount Sinai Roosevelt, and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai – include some of the most widely respected oncology programs in the city and country, where we care for more than 6,000 new patients each year and follow more than 24,000 cancer survivors. Continuum Cancer Centers remains the only hospital system in the metropolitan area to earn network accreditation with commendation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

NYU Langone Medical Center

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We are so appreciative of the support we receive from Chillin’ With Adam. Thank you for the generous contributions to fund physical therapy and the family education program at the Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

— Robert Grossman, MD

Stephen D. Hassenfeld (NYU Langone Medical Center) Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders: Established in 1990, the Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at NYU Langone Medical Center is one of the nation’s leading pediatric outpatient facilities for the treatment of childhood cancers and blood diseases. The mission of the Hassenfeld Center
is to provide children suffering from cancer and blood disorders the best research-driven care in a comprehensive and compassionate manner. In 2011, the Hassenfeld Center treated over 800 children. Their diagnoses included brain tumors, bone and soft tissue sarcomas, leukemia, lymphoma, and disease of the blood, including Hemophilia, Sickle Cell disease, and other platelet and blood-clotting disorders.

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Rady Children's Hospital San Diego

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David Gaynes joined the Middlemark team in 2018. He is a hedge fund and capital markets consultant. He is also Head of business development at A-L Associates an executive search firm focused on capital markets, hedge fund and fintech execs as well as investment Bankers. David is also a Senior Vice President at JLL doing tenant rep primarily for alternative asset managers.

Previously, he was in Barclays Prime Services Origination Sales. Based in New York, David draws on more than two decades of Prime Services management experience. David joined Barclays in 2010. He previously spent eight years at Deutsche Bank where he was a Managing Director in Sales. He was also part of the senior management team for Deutsche Bank’s Prime Services business, where he serviced and financed some of the world’s largest hedge funds. David had regional sales responsibilities in the West Coast, Connecticut and New York, and his guidance was instrumental in propelling Deutsche Bank to the top of the prime brokerage rankings.

David joined Deutsche Bank from Lehman Brothers, where he was a Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager, and helped maintain and enhance relationship management for some of the firm’s key clients. He grew the firm’s prime brokerage relationships by expanding the client services Lehman offered. David spent a total of 12 years at Lehman Brothers.

David is also a CPA who worked at Coopers and Lybrand from 1987 to 1990 as an Audit Senior and Staff Accountant. He earned a BBA in Accounting from Hofstra University, where he was a member of the Accounting & Tax Society.

David is also a board member of R Baby Foundation.

David Gaynes is a Registered Representative with Seedchange, and all securities are offered through Seedchange Execution Services Inc.. David holds Series 7, 8 and 63 licenses with FINRA.

Arlene Gaynes currently works part time at Rags, a woman’s boutique store. Previously, Arlene worked at three placement firms: Update Legal, Dynax Solutions and StaffWise Legal.

She graduated from Queens College with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Psychology.

Arlene and David started Chillin’ with Adam after their son passed away in 2004 of a brain tumor to help honor his legacy. Arlene is a mother to Taylor, 23 and Lindsay, 10, and always Adam, who is forever in our hearts.

Taylor Gaynes is currently a member of the Client Partner Group at Sculptor Capital and has been with the Firm since September 2018. Prior to joining Sculptor Capital, Taylor was an Analyst at James Alpha Management, based in New York, focusing on business development across all channels of the Firm's alternative investment products. Taylor joined in January of 2017 from Savills Studley, a global corporate real estate advisory firm where he was an Associate in business development, focusing on alternative asset managers.

While attending university, Taylor interned for the marketing - investor relations team at Pine River Capital Management during the summer of 2015 where he conducted strategic analysis and channel research on prospective clients. Prior to interning at Pine River, Taylor interned at Hutchin Hill Capital in the summer of 2014 under the Counterparty Management Team, Southpoint Capital during the summer of 2013 where he tracked fund flows for asset managers, and at Elliott Management Corporation during the summer of 2012, working with the Counterparty Management Team.

Taylor earned a BSM in 2016 from Tulane University, where he majored in Finance and was accepted into Burkenroad Reports as an Equity Research Analyst.

Taylor holds a Series 3 license.

Alexandra Krystal is a Managing Director and Sales Head, Prime Services Group, CIBC. Ms. Krystal’s responsibilities include the strategic development and implementation of CIBC’s U.S. Prime Brokerage Launch Initiative, including oversight of core activities involving product development and sales & marketing. In her current role, Ms. Krystal is also responsible for managing senior client relationships with alternative asset managers, overseeing the build-out of client-facing strategies and providing ongoing guidance with respect to structure, industry best-practices and forward looking trends in the Prime Brokerage market.

Prior to joining CIBC Capital Markets, Ms. Krystal worked in the Hedge Fund Consulting Practice at EY, where she led the Hedge Fund Emerging Manager Strategy and Prime Brokerage Advisory Initiative. Ms. Krystal developed their Prime Brokerage Advisory business, where she and her team worked along-side Prime Brokers to perform business assessments considering metrics across infrastructure, legal entity analysis, balance sheet, human capital, risk, client composition, and fixed / variable technology costs. She also developed an industry leading Treasury Function Study to substantiate the evolution of the financing role, based on a detailed examination of collateral management processes, counterparty risk management practices, margin replication methods, Prime Brokerage relationships and funding technology solutions. Ms. Krystal chaired that same firm’s Emerging Manager Hedge Fund Strategy and was involved in emerging manager consulting, including start-up considerations and franchise-sized best practices across middle and back office functions.

Prior to EY, Ms. Krystal held senior Sales and Relationship Management roles within the Prime Brokerages groups of Barclays and UBS. In this capacity, she helped bring new clients to the respective banks, grow client profitability within Prime and was a conduit into the broader banking organization.

Ms. Krystal graduated from Colgate University with a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science & English) and from Columbia University with a Master of Business Administration (Finance).

Andrew M. Lamkin, Esq. is principal in the Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin, P.C., where he focuses his practice in the areas of elder law, estate planning and special needs planning, including Wills and Trusts, Probate, Medicaid planning and Medicaid applications. He is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey.

Andrew is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Nassau County Bar Association and Suffolk County Bar Association. Andrew is also a member of the Elder Law and Trust and Estate Sections of the New York State Bar, where he is active in the Medicaid and Supplemental Needs Planning committees.

Andrew is a Certified Court Evaluator and frequently author’s articles and conducts seminars for non-profit and civic organizations in the areas of asset protection, Medicaid eligibility, estate tax liability, probate, advanced directives, veteran’s benefits and special needs planning.

Andrew is an active member of the Plainview Old Bethpage Chamber of Commerce, for which he serves on the Board of Directors and as Vice President of the Board. He also serves on the board of directors of Hand in Hand for Seniors, Inc in Huntington, a non-profit organization that provides services to seniors.

In March 2013, Andrew served as Honoree for the Eden II & Genesis Foundation benefit to raise money for programs and services benefiting autistic children. Andrew is also an associate member and serves as Counsel to the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 25 in Hicksville, New York.

He is the founder and organizer of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Senior Resource Group, an organization of Professionals whose purpose is to educated seniors, their caretakers and their service providers in all areas regarding senior care and planning.

Andrew received his J.D. from Widener School of Law in 2006 and his B.A. in Political Science and History from Syracuse University in 1996. Andrew and his wife, Heather, have a daughter and son and reside in Melville, NY.

Heather Lamkin holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Syracuse University. Heather previously worked at Island ECN where she reported to the CEO and was responsible for all aspects of Financial reporting for the firm. Most recently, Heather was Vice President at Morgan Stanley in the Finance department where she was responsible for compliance and financial reporting. Heather now works with her husband, Andrew at his Long Island law firm and cares for their two children.

Jeffrey G. Cohen, CPA is the Partner-in-Charge of Tax Services at Grassi & Co. With over 20 years of experience, Jeff specializes in serving companies within the Manufacturing and Distribution Industry, with an emphasis on the Food & Beverage and Pharmaceutical sectors.

A leading tax expert in the New York Metropolitan area, Jeff has enabled his clients to realize significant tax savings through proper tax planning and consultation. Specifically, Jeff has extensive experience assisting clients with research and development credits, cost segregations studies, domestic production exemption, defined benefit pension plans, IC-DISCs, NYS Qualified Empire Zones and the Excelsior Program, as well as tax credit utilization.

In addition to Jeff’s role as the head of tax services, he sits on the Firm’s Executive Committee and is the Treasurer of Long Island Elite (LIE). He has also received a number of accolades, including being named one of Long Island Business News’ “40 Under 40” and the 2013 New York Enterprise Reports Accountant of the Year.

Lisa Cohen is the Director of Planning/Media Strategist for Wilson Media Group. Lisa has been in the advertising and media industry for over 25 years. She joined Wilson Media Group at its inception in 1994.

Her diversified background includes media strategy, planning, and buying for luxury products such as Mercedes Benz, Tiffany and Fortunoff. Lisa has also worked in the liquor category, specializing in marketing to diverse audiences, while handling Bacardi Rum, Alizé and Kobrand Wines.

Lisa’s background in the healthcare industry covers both OTC and DTC products, having worked on Neosporin, Actifed, and the launch of Sudafed OTC. Lisa also worked on the launch of Barr Laboratories Proprietary Birth Control division, launching Seasonale, Seasonique and Plan B, as well as in the Diabetes Category for Victoza and currently Roche AccuCheck.

Lisa has worked on HIV products since 1996, and worked on the first consumer HIV effort for Glaxo Wellcome, “Be Smart about HIV”. Lisa has been working with Gilead HIV since 2003 and has worked on Truvada, Complera, Stribild, PrEP, and is currently working on the launch of Genvoya and Odefsey. Lisa also works on community outreach and support campaigns including “HIV Answers” and “Help Stop the Virus”.

For Wilson Media Group, Lisa handles all aspects of planning and research, as well as Print, Out of Home, Non Traditional, and Point of Care buying.

Prior to joining Wilson Media Group, Lisa was an Associate Media Director at McCaffrey and McCall.

Lisa received a BS in Business from SUNY New Paltz. She lives in Plainview, NY with her husband Jeff, and has two sons, Alex and Jake and an Airedale named Bella.

Larry Heller, CFP® is the President of Heller Wealth Management, an independent, fee based financial advisory firm that he founded in 1992. He works with clients to design financial planning strategies that help them achieve their financial goals and lifetime aspirations. Larry is also responsible for the management and oversight of the investment process including portfolio management and investment strategy development.

He has appeared on CNN, Fox’s Good Day New York, 103.9FM LI News Radio, and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal and Financial Planning Magazine. He has written articles for Bloomberg Wealth Management and the Journal of Financial Planning. He is also a member of the Alliance for Wealth Management, a think tank of prominent tri-state financial advisors, where he co-authored a book titled “Creating Prosperity.”

In his spare time, Larry enjoys playing tennis and golf, traveling with his wife, and spending time with his three children.

Marc provides tax, estate, financial, and retirement planning services to high-net-worth individuals and business owners in the health care, investment banking, real estate, and professional services industries. Marc’s more than 25 years of public accounting experience span a range of tax, personal finance, business advisory, and practice management expertise. Often invited to speak to medical societies and health care groups, he has served as an adjunct Healthcare Economics professor in Hofstra University’s Master of Healthcare Administration program. Marc has a Bachelor of Science in Economics from State University of New York at Albany, and a Master of Business Administration in Accountancy and Taxation from Hofstra University.

Richard Gertler is a Partner who practices out of the firm’s East Meadow, Long Island office. His particular areas of focus include commercial litigation, bankruptcy, business law, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial real estate.

Mr. Gertler litigates a wide range of complex commercial matters involving corporate and shareholder disputes, commercial landlord/tenant issues, unfair competition, construction disputes, intellectual property issues, and general business disputes. He also represents debtors, bankruptcy trustees, creditors and creditors’ committees in all phases of bankruptcy proceedings. When necessary, Mr. Gertler represents clients at arbitrations, mediations, court proceedings, or administrative hearings. Additionally, Mr. Gertler counsels businesses at all stages of development, from incorporation through dissolution, and advises them on diverse business transactions, including growth strategies involving acquisitions, mergers and joint ventures, and also advises on structuring their financial transactions, including obtaining secured or unsecured loans and other financing. Mr. Gertler is certified as a Mediator by the Commercial Division of the Nassau County Supreme Court of the State of New York, and is best known for his innovative and strategic approach to solving problems.

Mr. Gertler is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys and founder of the Gertler Law Group, LLC.

Sarah Pachtman joined the Chillin’ with Adam board in 2016 and serves as the Medical Director. Chillin’ with Adam holds a special place in her heart, as Adam was her cousin.

Sarah is from Scottsdale, Arizona, so she grew up far away from her cousins. She moved to New York in 2011 for residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center. She recently completed Fellowship training in Maternal and Fetal Medicine at Northwell Health in 2018.

She earned her Master’s in Biomedical Engineering and then Doctor of Medicine degrees from the University of Kentucky in 2007 and 2011. Prior to that, she attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee where she earned her Bachelor’s in Biomedical Engineering.

Sarah enjoys traveling, spinning, music, and cooking in her free time.

Walter Wasnieski has a bachelor’s Degree from Ashford University in Social Science with a minor in US History and Secondary Education. A former United States Marine, he currently works for the New York City Department of Sanitation in Queens, NY for the past 13 years. Mr. Wasnieski also serves as a volunteer religious education teacher at St. Barnabas RC Church in Bellmore for the past 11 years and was awarded the prestigious Pope Paul VI Medal for his dedication and volunteer work.

A proud member of the Ridgewood Lodge No. 710 of the Free & Accepted Masons of the State of New York, Walter has risen through the ranks of not only his Lodge where he served as Master in 2009-2019 but also the Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons in the State of NY where he was also a District Deputy Grand Master in 2014-2016. Walter has served on many committees in the Grand Lodge of the State of New York including the Young Masons Committee, The Deputy Grand Masters Advisory Committee, the Convention Committee & the one he is most proud The Grand Secretary’s Golf Classic which for the past 10 years has raised over $200,000 for charity including the Ruby Kaplan Scholarship Foundation, Caddy for a Cure which helps US Military Veterans who suffer from PTSD and are missing limb or limbs & the Masonic Care Community in Utica, NY which is one of the top senior care centers in NY State.

Walter enjoys golf, ice hockey and travel with his family, he is the proud father of 3 daughters Kaitlin, Megan & Liza and has been married to his wife Danielle since 2005.

Mr. Wasnieski feels that Adam's parents took the biggest negative any parent could face and turned it into the biggest positive to help others who suffer like Adam did. He lives by the quote of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill “We make a living by what we earn, but we make a life by what we give”.

Upcoming Events

Chillin’ with Adam hosts a variety of events all year long to create opportunities for fundraising and to showcase how we are using the funds to help our children live happier more fulfilled lives.

Adam Gaynes Foundation 2024 Golf Outing

For more information, go to www.chillinwithadamgolfouting.com.

Family Fun Day

In our continued support and ongoing partnership with The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, the Chillin’ with Adam Foundation invites all the children at the hospital to Rye Playland to experience a joyous and happy day. A day to let go of the stress of life and hospitals and remember how fun it is to be a child. We host a big tent filled with carnival attractions with lunch, love, and laughter.

Golf Event 2019

For more information, go to golfeventplanning.com

Golf Event 2015

The Chillin’ with Adam Golf Outing started in 2015, during the summer months, the foundation organizes a great day of golf, tennis, and spa for everyone associated with the foundation. The goal of this event is to fundraise and really impact the economics we can donate to the local hospitals. With the help of local TV anchors, and sports legends, the foundation does the trifecta - raffle, silent auction, and a live auction – raising thousands of dollars to benefit of the associated organizations and in the end, the kids!

Bar Night

To extend our fundraising opportunities, the Chillin’ with Adam Foundation hosts a bar night in New York City to bring the community of people that support this good cause together and to ask those individuals to donate money so the children of The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center, and Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital of New York at NYU Langone all benefit through added comforts while they go through their challenges.


Please sign-up and register to be a part of our community! Through registering you will get notifications of our upcoming events, how you could help support this important cause, and be kept involved in our community impact!

Contact Us

  • David Gaynes

  • Chillin with Adam

  • 631-988-9217

  • 6 Country Meadow Court
    Melville, NY 11747


Have you ever had a children who was sick? A simple cold or flu? And that little angel is sad and gloomy because they just don’t feel well? And you as the parent, or family member, or friend wish with all your might that you could magically make that sniffle, or temperature, or cough disappear? All you want is for your little angel to smile and laugh again.

Now what if your child had to go to the hospital for major medical issues and surgery on a routine basis? For issues like brain and nervous disorders, seizures, cancer, tumors, blood disorders, congenital heart defects? And every day you travel to that hospital and your child goes through a painful process - psychologically, physically, spiritually - and you couldn’t magically make their health issue go away and the smiles seem to fade away….

The Chillin’ with Adam Foundation brings those smiles back to these children. It is simple - provide the children and their loved ones with help to cope with the pain and the process by creating an environment that address emotional, developmental, and psychosocial needs through counseling, through expressive art, through playrooms, through child-life programming, through patient advocacy.

In a way, you could say the Chillin’ with Adam Foundation is that magic that brings smiles back to children even in the most horrible situations.

Please consider donating something…anything….because all your generosity is felt by these children and their family who need a helping hand to support what they are going through in life. Please make a difference….your money is magic….it makes children smile.

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