Sir Elton John, Kate Hudson, Elizabeth Hurley and Fashion Icons Join Together to Fight Breast Cancer
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® (BCRF) Hot Pink Party Benefit Gala Raises over $5.2 Million for Critical Breast Cancer Research
New York, NY, April 18, 2013 – On Wednesday, April 17th, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) hosted its annual Hot Pink Party at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City, raising more than $5.2 million for lifesaving breast cancer research funding and awareness. This year’s event, themed ¡Viva Fiesta!, was emceed by British beauty and devoted breast cancer awareness advocate, Elizabeth Hurley, and featured a performance by Multi-Grammy Award-winning artist Sir Elton John. Kay Krill, President and CEO of ANN INC., was honored for her outstanding leadership in the fight against breast cancer with the Foundation’s Sandra Taub Humanitarian Award. BCRF bestows this annual Humanitarian Award to recipients who have demonstrated a unique passion for the cause through their work, inspirational courage or individual commitment.
Kate Hudson, award-winning actress and Ann Taylor brand ambassador, presented the distinguished award to Krill at the Foundation’s cornerstone charity event. “As Ann Taylor Ambassador, I am honored to present Kay Krill with the Sandra Taub Humanitarian Award for her incredible work and dedication to fighting breast cancer,” said Hudson during her speech. She added, “Breast cancer has touched people close to me as it has touched the lives of so many of us, so I want to personally thank BCRF for helping to put an end to this devastating disease. Approximately every 13 minutes a woman will die of breast cancer. We must change this, and together, with The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, we will.”
Also in attendance were long-time Breast Cancer Research Foundation supporters and dear friends of the Foundation’s late Founder Evelyn Lauder, Donna Karan, Michael Kors, Vera Wang, and Tory Burch, among many others. During the course of the evening, dedicated and longtime BCRF donor, Judith Schlager, was presented the Roz and Les Goldstein Unsung Hero Award in recognition of her work of helping others cope with a breast cancer diagnosis. Schlager, also a breast cancer survivor, has played a pivotal role in BCRF’s goal to broaden its national reach. Sandra Krakoff, a fellow member of BCRF’s Advisory Board, presented the award.
“With your support and the millions of dollars raised tonight at the Hot Pink Party,” said Myra Biblowit, President, BCRF, to a crowd of over 1,100 guests, “we are able expand our global reach, and I could not be more proud of our organization’s accomplishments.” She continued, “The advancements and breakthroughs we are fueling are changing not only the face of breast cancer, but the face of nearly all cancers.”
Additional notable guests included co-chairs included Marjorie Reed Gordon, Delphine and Reed Krakoff, Kinga Lampert, Laura and Gary Lauder, William Lauder, Leonard A. Lauder, Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, Cynthia and Dan Lufkin, Ingrid Sischy and Sandra Brant, Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, and Aerin Lauder. The lead underwriter for this year’s Hot Pink Party was Mike’s Hard Lemonade. To date, BCRF has raised over $425 million to advance the most promising breast cancer research worldwide that will help lead to prevention and a cure in our lifetime. Since its inaugural event in 2001, the Hot Pink Party has generated over $51 million.
Sabrina Dupré, Head of Communications and Engagement