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Sunday, November 22, 2015

SAMUEL WAXMAN CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION: COLLABORATING FOR A CURE

John Fogerty
 (All images courtesy of Craig Barritt/Getty Images & Jared Siskin/PatrickMcMullan.com)

Recently, Ideal PR Media was invited to attend the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) ‘Collaborating for a Cure’ Benefit Dinner and Auction. This event honored fashion designer John Varvatos, and featured a special musical performance by legendary American Singer-Songwriter  at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. The annual event, now in its eighteenth year, raised $2.5 million to support the Waxman Foundation’s research efforts to produce a cure for cancer.

Dr. Samuel Waxman

Notable attendees included Dr. Samuel Waxman (Founder and CEO, Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation); Marion WaxmanMichael and Elin Nierenberg (18th Annual Collaborating for a Cure Hosts);Chris Wragge (Co-Anchor of CBS 2 News This Morning); John Varvatos (Honoree; Fashion Designer John Varvatos); John Fogerty (Special Musical Guest); Spencer Waxman (President, Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation); Cristina Cuomo (Presenter; Editor-In-Chief, Manhattan Magazine); Hugh Hildesley(Executive Vice President & Auctioneer, Sotheby’s); Kenneth Fishel (Board of Directors, Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation); David Hinkelman (Board of Directors, Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation);Howard Kurz (Board of Directors, Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation); Robert Kantor (Board of Directors, Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation); Howard Shlafmitz (Board of Directors, Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation); Baron Silverstein (Board of Directors, Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation); Mary Kantor (Honorary Board Member, Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation); Dena K. Weiner (Board of Directors, Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation); Ruth Finley (Founder, Fashion Calendar); Coppy Holzman (Founder & CEO, Charity Buzz); David Burke (Chef, The Wayfarer) and Jean Shafiroff (Philanthropist).

Dr. Samuel Waxman, Marion Waxman, John Varvatos, Chris Wragge

This year’s event was attended by more than 750 corporate executives, board members and their guests. The money raised will support the Waxman Foundation’s research efforts to produce a cure for cancer by reprogramming cancer cells and to deliver tailored, minimally toxic treatments to patients. The scientists funded by the SWCRF have made significant breakthroughs in cancer research, including identifying pathways to deliver novel therapies to treat cancer.


Michael Nierenberg, John Fogerty and Wes Eden
SWCRF Chairman and Collaborating for a Cure host Michael Nierenberg gave opening remarks welcoming attendees to the Dinner & Auction and thanked the SWCRF’s many supporters for their continued efforts to raise funds for cancer research.  The evening’s Master of Ceremonies Chris Wragge then took the stage to introduce Dr. Samuel Waxman whose remarks highlighted the importance of investing in cancer research and developing less toxic therapies for cancer patients of all ages, which is a large part of the SWCRF’s mission. After dinner, Wragge introduced Cristina Cuomo, Editor-In-Chief of Manhattan and Beach Magazine, to present the SWCRF Fashion Cares Award to John Varvatos. In accepting his award, Varvatos lauded Dr. Waxman’s work and the research of the SWCRF. He also shared that his father battled leukemia, his sister underwent a double mastectomy and his brother recently received a prostate cancer diagnosis. 


Jean Shafiroff
The evening’s exciting live auction, which was led by Hugh Hildesley, Executive Vice President of Sotheby’s Auction House. Guests the opportunity to bid on exclusive items such as: a $10,000 shopping spree and lunch withJohn Varvatos which sold for $17,000; an America’s Cup Yacht Race experience captained by former America’s Cup Team Members, sold twice for $10,000; a private wine tasting at Italian Wine Merchants for $17,000; an exclusive opportunity to meet John Fogerty and receive a flannel shirt autographed by the legendary rock star, which sold to the highest bidder for $10,000. The highest bid of the night, $60,000, went to a five day, four night stay for 10 people at the Ian Fleming Villa at the GoldenEye Hotel in Jamaica via private jet. Other travel packages included a CMH 4-day Heli-skiing trip for 2 in Canada sold for $17,000; A Milwaukee Bucks experience including G4 flight to a game and team memorabilia, which sold twice for $20,000 and an Italian wine and truffle adventure in Italy donated by Palm Bay International, which went for $32,000.

Samantha Santiago and guest

Online auction items, which will be available for bidding online at CharityBuzz.com until November 24, 2015include: Private Suite for 24 People to See the NFL’s New York Jets vs. New England Patriots on December 27, 2015 at MetLife Stadium; 6-Day/5-Night Charter of the Lady Tatiana of London or Lady Alhena of London for up to 11 Guests; Victory: A Song of Thanksgiving, 1968 Signed Lithograph by Salvador Dali and 2 Tickets to the Tadashi Shoji Fall/Winter 2016 Runway Show​ at New York Fashion Week in February Plus a Dress to Wear to the Show.

After the auction, guests were treated to an exclusive, live performance by John Fogerty, who performed hits from his solo career and from his legendary run as lead singer of Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Known affectionately by New Yorkers as “The Waxman,” the yearly fête is considered to be among the top fundraising events in New York City. In recent years, “The Waxman” has raised several million dollars to support the Waxman Foundation’s research efforts to produce a cure for cancer. Past musical performers at the Waxman Gala have included the Warren Hayes BandKid RockChevy Chase, Steely Dan, Glenn FreyJoe Walsh,Sheryl CrowZiggy Marley and Counting Crows.

Tiffany Denee Jones and Guest
The Event Chairs were: Lynn and Wes Edens, Katie and Scott EichelKristen and Johan EvelandMaria and Kenneth FishelMary Henry and Howard RubinDiane and Adam Katz, Nancy and Howard KurzRandal Nardone, Elin and Michael NierenbergMara and Baron SilversteinLinda Taub, Sandy and Marc TaubBettina and Spencer Waxman and Lauren Zwak and James DeMare.

The Dinner Committee included: Eve and Brant Brooks, Sarah and Brian ChinTracy and Frank Collins, Staciand Andrew FriedwaldSamantha Santiago and Steve JonesAndrew Sloves, Nicholas Smith, Laurie and Joseph Steffa, Charles Sorrentino, Marion and Samuel Waxman, M.D., Dena K. Weiner and David Rozenholc, Amy and Matt Zisette.

The Auction Committee included: Nancy Loving and David Hinkelman and Deborah and Howard Shlafmitz.









About Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation: 
The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation is an international organization dedicated to curing and preventing cancer. The Foundation is a pioneer in cancer research and its mission is to eradicate cancer by funding cutting-edge research that identifies and corrects abnormal gene function that causes cancer and develops minimally toxic treatments for patients. Through the Foundation’s collaborative group of world-class scientists, the Institute Without Walls, investigators share information and tools to speed the pace of cancer research. Since its inception in 1976, the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation has awarded approximately $90 million to support the work of more than 200 researchers across the globe. 
For more information, visit: www.waxmancancer.org. Like SWCRF on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @WaxmanCancer.

A special thanks to Norah at the Lawlor Media Group for always keeping Ideal PR Media in the loop
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