On Tuesday, February 27, 2018, the Women's Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) Honorary Chairs Rita Wilson, Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg, along with WCRF co-founders Quinn Ezralow, Marion Laurie, Kelly Chapman Meyer, and Jamie Tisch welcomed guests to An Unforgettable Evening presented by Saks Fifth Avenue.
The event returned to the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, with proceeds benefitting the Women’s Cancer Research Fund, a program of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).
Hosted by Emmy Award-winning host, writer, and producer James Corden, the evening included a dinner, an awards presentation and musical performance. Tom Ford presented the Nat King Cole Award to Grammy and Academy Award-winning recording artist and actor Jennifer Hudson for her ongoing philanthropic work around women’s issues. Award winning actress and entrepreneur Sofia Vergara accepted the 2018 Courage Award from Honorary Chair Rita Wilson for her continued support and dedication to raising awareness for cancer research in all its forms. Grammy-Award winning, multiplatinum international icon, Pitbull, brought the 305 to the Unforgettable Evening stage for a special performance, and closed the evening with an 11-song medley including his hits “Give Me Everything,” “Don’t Stop The Party,” “Fireball,” and “I Know You What Me.” The event raised over $1.5 million for the cause.
Additional guests in attendance included Debbie Allen, Julie Bowen, Alexa Dell, Lisa Eisner, Tom Ford, Ashley Hart, Jessica Hart, Maz Jobrani, Lisa & David Klein, Rachel Lauder, Lisa Kudrow, Monique Lhuillier, Lori Loughlin & Olivia Jade, Loni Love, Joe Manganiello, Natalie Martinez, Tamara Mellon, Jennifer Meyer, Candace Nelson, Irena Medavoy, Alex Pettyfer, Stephanie Pratt, Lois Robbins, Jennifer Tilly, Jon & Lizzie Tisch, Alexandra von Fürstenberg, David Walton & Majandra Delfino, and more.
An Unforgettable Evening is the flagship fundraising event for WCRF featuring extraordinary honorees, tributes to cancer survivors and the memory of those impacted by cancer. For over 20 years, this event has brought together leaders in entertainment, cancer research and corporate philanthropy in raising funds for pioneering cancer research conducted at leading medical and academic institutions in Los Angeles and throughout the nation. Previous Unforgettable Evening Honorees have included Natalie Cole, Courteney Cox, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge, Renette Ezralow, Tom Ford, Carolina Herrera, Faith Hill & Tim McGraw, Sir Elton John, Nicole Kidman, Judy & Leonard Lauder, Gwyneth Paltrow and Stella McCartney.
Saks Fifth Avenue generously supported WCRF to present An Unforgettable Evening for the 14th time. Over the last 18 years, Saks has donated nearly $40 million to cancer research and treatment organizations throughout the United States. de GRISOGONO and ALLEVEN provided additional support for the event.