Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research

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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

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
JaNay Honest and Darcy Miller Nussbaum

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Sunny Hostin

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Myra Biblowit, William P. Lauder, Nina García, Donna Karan, and Kinga Lampert

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Nina García and Donna Karan

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Donna Karan

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Lois Robbins

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Alina Cho

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Alina Cho

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Nina García

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Nina Agdal

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Nina Agdal

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Joan Lunden and William P. Lauder

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Anne Thompson, Gary Lauder, Laura Lauder, and Nina Garcia

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Anne Thompson, Kinga Lampert, and William P. Lauder

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
William P. Lauder, Dr. Judy Garber, and Dr. Eric Winer

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
William P. Lauder and Neil Iyengar

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
William P. Lauder

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Carly Hughes and Kinga Lampert

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Kinga Lampert, Nina García, and Abbe Raven

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
A dancer during the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) New York symposium & awards luncheon

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Lois Robbins

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Lois Robbins

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
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)

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Abbe Raven, Nina García, and Kinga Lampert

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Myra Biblowit and Joan Lunden

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Myra Biblowit and Vera Wang

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Carly Hughes

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Nina Agdal

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Vera Wang

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Kate Rockwell

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Laura Lauder and Gary Lauder

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Dr. Larry Norton, Wendi Rose, and Eric P. Winer, MD

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Nina Garcia and Vera Wang

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Nina Garcia

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Eric Winer, MD and Vera Wang

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Eric Winer, MD

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Joan Lunden (L) and Myra Biblowit

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Joan Lunden

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Nina García and Vera Wang

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Anne Thompson

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Lois Robbins

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Jennifer Simard

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Abbe Raven, Nina García, and Kinga Lampert

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Kinga Lampert

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Nina García and Kinga Lampert

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Kinga Lampert

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Abbe Raven and Nina García

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Abbe Raven

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Carly Hughes

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Arlene Taub and Myra Biblowit

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Nina García and Myra Biblowit

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Arlene Taub, Nina García, Myra Biblowit, and Vera Wang

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Eric Winer, MD, Dr. Judy Garber, William G. Kaelin, Myra Biblowit and Dr. Larry Norton

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Vera Wang

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Anne Thompson

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Dr. Judy Garber, William G. Kaelin and Dr. Larry Norton

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Myra Biblowit, William P. Lauder and Kinga Lampert

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Jenna Leigh Green

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
William G. Kaelin, Myra Biblowit, William P. Lauder and Kinga Lampert

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Emma Myles

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Kate Rockwell

Photo Flash: Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Symposium Honors Vera Wang, Raises Over $2.6 Million For Research
Nina García




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