Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) held its annual Symposium and Awards Luncheon today at the New York Hilton Midtown. Hosted by ELLE Magazine Editor in Chief Nina Garcia, this year's luncheon honored fashion legend Vera Wang with the Sandra Taub Humanitarian Award in recognition of her enduring dedication to BCRF and her profound philanthropic spirit, presented by Donna Karan.
The Jill Rose Award for scientific excellence was presented to Dr. Eric Winer, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School, for his outstanding contributions as a clinician-scientist which have revolutionized the landscape of breast cancer treatments.
BCRF awarded $66 million in grants to nearly 275 investigators from around the world. Nearly 200 of these grantees were in attendance to be recognized for their innovative projects and contributions to the field. At a scientific retreat the day prior, investigators were provided the rare and critical opportunity to collaborate with their colleagues, across institutions, across disciplines, and across the world.
"I have always been drawn to BCRF in no small part due to its founder, the inimitable Evelyn Lauder, a woman I so admired," said Vera Wang as she accepted her honor. "In a way this award today both reflects and belongs to her."
"Back in 2015, I discovered I had a gene mutation that put me at a high risk for breast cancer," revealed Nina Garcia. "And when you get that news, you think, 'Why me? What does this mean?' I would wake up and think, 'well, when is the day when I'm going to wake up and be diagnosed with cancer?' Thanks to research, I had options, and it breaks my heart when I know that some women do not have options."
The day began with a symposium moderated by BCRF Co-Scientific Directors, Drs. Larry Norton of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Judy Garber of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The panelists included Drs. Eric Winer of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Dawn Hershman of Columbia University, and Neil Iyengar of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Honorary Co-Chairs of the event included Kinga Lampert, Leonard A. Lauder, and William P. Lauder. Event Co-Chairs included Madelyn Bucksbaum Adamson, Roberta M. Amon, Anne H. Bass, Amy Goldman Fowler, Roslyn Goldstein, Dee Ocleppo Hilfiger, Gail Hilson, Shelly Kivell, Elyse Lacher, Aerin Lauder, Marigay McKee, Wendi Rose, Arlene Taub, and Simone Winston.
Notable guests included Nina Agdal, Louise Camuto, Alina Cho, Valorie Kondos Field, Jean Godrey-June, Jenna Leigh Green, Sunny Hostin, Carly Hughes, Coco Kopelman, Judy Lauder, Joan Lunden, Gretta Monahan, Emma Myles, Darcy Miller Nussbaum, Kate Rockwell, Lois Robbins, Jennifer Simard, Anne Thompson, and Lori Kanter Tritsch, among many others.
Underwriters of the event included Jody and John Arnhold, Amy P. Goldman Foundation, Roslyn and Leslie Goldstein, Kinga Lampert, Leonard & Judy Lauder Fund, Jeanne Sorensen Siegel and Herbert J. Siegel, ascena retail group inc., Lifetime, Tough Enough to Wear Pink, and Winston Flowers.
Photo Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for BCRF
JaNay Honest and Darcy Miller Nussbaum
Myra Biblowit, William P. Lauder, Nina GarcÃa, Donna Karan, and Kinga Lampert
Nina GarcÃa and Donna Karan
Joan Lunden and William P. Lauder
Anne Thompson, Kinga Lampert, and William P. Lauder
William P. Lauder, Dr. Judy Garber, and Dr. Eric Winer
William P. Lauder and Neil Iyengar
William P. Lauder
Carly Hughes and Kinga Lampert
Kinga Lampert, Nina GarcÃa, and Abbe Raven
A dancer during the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) New York symposium & awards luncheon
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 17: Jennifer Simard attends the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) New York symposium & awards luncheon on October 17, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for BCRF)
Abbe Raven, Nina GarcÃa, and Kinga Lampert
Myra Biblowit and Joan Lunden
Myra Biblowit and Vera Wang
Laura Lauder and Gary Lauder
Dr. Larry Norton, Wendi Rose, and Eric P. Winer, MD
Eric Winer, MD and Vera Wang
Eric Winer, MD
Joan Lunden (L) and Myra Biblowit
Nina GarcÃa and Vera Wang
Abbe Raven, Nina GarcÃa, and Kinga Lampert
Nina GarcÃa and Kinga Lampert
Abbe Raven and Nina GarcÃa
Arlene Taub and Myra Biblowit
Nina GarcÃa and Myra Biblowit
Arlene Taub, Nina GarcÃa, Myra Biblowit, and Vera Wang
Eric Winer, MD, Dr. Judy Garber, William G. Kaelin, Myra Biblowit and Dr. Larry Norton
Dr. Judy Garber, William G. Kaelin and Dr. Larry Norton
Myra Biblowit, William P. Lauder and Kinga Lampert
William G. Kaelin, Myra Biblowit, William P. Lauder and Kinga Lampert
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