On Thursday, May 2, 2013 The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) Women’s Cancer Research Fund Honorary Chairs Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks, Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg, along with EIF Women’s Cancer Research Fund co-founders Kelly Chapman Meyer, Anne Douglas, Quinn Ezralow, Marion Laurie and Jaime Tisch welcomed guests to An Unforgettable Evening presented by Saks Fifth Avenue benefiting the EIF Women’s Cancer Research Fund at the Beverly Wilshire hotel.
Hosted by Chelsea Handler, the evening included cocktails, dinner and an awards presentation. Grammy Award-winning artist Kylie Minogue accepted the 2013 Courage Award for her fight against breast cancer and dedication to raising awareness for the disease. The Nat King Cole Award was presented to renowned fashion designer Carolina Herrera for her charitable works and contributions to the EIF Women’s Cancer Research Fund, including her participation in the 2012 Saks Fifth Avenue Key to the Cure campaign. Honoree Herrera also dressed many of the evening’s notable attendees including Rita Wilson, Kate Capshaw, Kyle Minogue, Chelsea Handler, Julianne Hough, and Angie Harmon.
The evening closed with a special musical performance by Grammy Award-winning artist Bruno Mars who sang a five-song set including hits “Runaway Baby,” a medley of “Money,” and “Billionaire,” along with “Locked Out of Heaven,” and “Just The Way You Are.”
Additional guests in attendance included Kobe & Vanessa Bryant, Kirk Douglas, James Ferragamo, Vanessa Getty, Crystal Lourd, Mitch Glazer & Kelly Lynch, Angie Harmon, Tommy & Dee Hilfiger, Julianne Hough, Lisa Kudrow, Monique Lhuillier, Ron Meyer, Gelila Puck, CEO and Chairman of Saks Fifth Avenue Steve Sadove, Joel Silver, Steve Tisch, Amber Valletta, and more.
The event marked the 16th anniversary of the Women’s Cancer Research Fund which continues to raise support for innovative cancer research, such as the Breast Cancer Biomarker Discovery Project and recognize remarkable individuals for their commitment to the cause. The Breast Cancer Biomarker Discovery Project is working to identify and verify biomarkers that will lead to the development of a blood test for the detection of breast cancer at its earliest and most curable stages. The Women’s Cancer Research Fund is also funding research being conducted at prestigious, National Cancer Institute (NCI)-accredited medical institutions, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.