Sheryl Crow Wows at the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation Benefit
On Thursday (11/18), the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation hosted its 13th annual Collaborating for a Cure Dinner and Auction at the Park Avenue Armory to raise money for its ongoing cancer research efforts. A bustling crowd of 1400 people filled the magnificent Park Avenue Armory amid waiters circulating with delectable hors d’oeuvres and open bar. The band Aged Inventory welcomed guests who mingled amongst the Silent Auction Lab Assistants. These lovely ladies in lab coats encouraged attendees to bid on Charity Buzz, a site that made select auction items available via the internet for bidders all around the world.
We were lucky enough to catch up with the stunning Sharon Blynn in an elegant Catherine Malandrino gown. As founder of Bald is Beautiful, Sharon, an eight-year ovarian cancer survivor, lost her hair during her fight against cancer in 2002, and she’s been rocking the bald head by choice ever since. Her twin sister Elisa served as emotional support during Sharon’s difficult period fighting cancer. “I dropped everything. I knew where I had to be and did what I had to do to be there.” Eight years later, Sharon is going strong with an organization that seeks to help women “flip the script” on their cancer experiences, cultivating self-love and empowerment despite the disease. So what motivated the founding of Bald Is Beautiful? “I just knew that I needed to, for myself. It is about empowering women so that we understand that beauty is from within and doesn’t diminish.” Touché ladies!
We also caught up with Gwen Darien, Chief Executive Director of the Waxman foundation. She states that the foundation “is dedicated to curing cancer through minimally invasive treatments.” To date, this 35-year-old foundation has funded $75 million to 155 researchers across 3 continents. That’s some endeavor! And through a relationship with Shanghai Institute, the foundation was able to help find a cure for a very rare form of leukemia!
An mouthwatering dinner consisting of steak, root vegetables and a lovely salad was accompanied by an opening speech by Dr. Waxman followed by an auction of a variety of items: art, luxurious vacations, dinners, and wine tastings. My favorite item of the evening was the cutest little lady – a King Charles puppy which sold for $8,000. So adorable! The item that brought in the highest bid of the evening was a Seven-Night-Stay for up to 10 guests in the Ian Fleming Villa at the Goldeneye Resort via Private Jet Service, which went for $100,000. In total, the auction, which was led by the fantastic C. Hugh Hildesley of Sotheby’s Auction House, brought in nearly $1 million, while donation bids totaled $900,000.
Sheryl Crow lit up the stage with her awesome band that rocked the house with tunes like “If It Makes You Happy,” “Soak Up The Sun,” “My Favorite Mistake,” and her latest single “Summer Day.” A two-year breast cancer survivor, Sheryl acknowledges that “without foundations like the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation, we would be much further behind in finding a cure.” As Dr. Waxman explained, “curing cancer one-by-one…is our ongoing goal” and he encouraged everyone to invest in “the means to fend off the sadness of cancer.”
With a fabulous fundraisers like Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation’s Annual Collaborating for a Cure Dinner and Auction along with enthusiastic and generous supporters, this foundation is growing closer and closer to reaching its goal.
To learn more about the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation please visit www.waxmancancer.org.
Images thanks to Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation and Melanie Meadows
-Story by Melanie Meadows