One of the most anticipated events of the season, the annual Hot Pink Party was hosted by the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) on Wednesday, May 15 at the Park Avenue Armory, raising $6 million for breast cancer research.
This year’s gala commemorated the incredible impact BCRF investigators have made on research since the organization’s founding in 1993. BCRF has been deeply involved in every major breakthrough in breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship; since the establishment of BCRF 25 years ago, breast cancer mortalities in the U.S. have declined by nearly 40 percent. As the top breast cancer charity in the U.S., BCRF raises more money for metastatic research – and breast cancer research in general–than any other private funder in the world.
Hosted by Global Ambassador of The Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Campaign Elizabeth Hurley, the event featured Honorary Co-Chairs Leonard & Judy Lauder and Anthony & Debra von Mandl, with a performance by 16-time Grammy Award-winning entertainer, producer and songwriter David Foster, with special guests Pia Toscano, Loren Allred, and Fernando Varela. The evening with Foster also included impromptu performances from Maxwell, Katharine McPhee, and, via video conference, Josh Groban. The evening honored beauty entrepreneur and breast cancer survivor Sonia Kashuk, with the Roslyn and Leslie Goldstein Unsung Hero Award presented by Jenny B. Fine, Executive Editor, Beauty, Women’s Wear Daily, for her devoted friendship during Fine’s own diagnosis.
More than 1,000 guests attended this year’s gala designed by Rafanelli Events. Noteworthy guests included Candace Bushnell, Arielle & Brandon Charnas, Grace Elizabeth, Nina Garcia, Jenna Leigh Green, Dee & Tommy Hilfiger, Jill & Harry Kargman, Kinga Lampert, Aerin Lauder, Dylan Lauren, Monique Lhuillier, Maxwell, Katharine McPhee, Carolyn Murphy, Emma Myles, Deborah Norville, Amy Robach & Andrew Shue, Paul Shaffer, Anne Thompson, Lizzie & Jonathan Tisch, Ingrid Vandebosch & Jeff Gordon, Vera Wang and Gucci Westman.
“This moment makes me stop and think of all the quiet conversations, the well wishes, the loving care, the kind gestures, the warm hugs…we all need in our lives,” stated honoree Sonia Kashuk.
25th Gala Co-Chairs included Kinga Lampert and Aerin Lauder. Event Co-Chairs included Sandra Brant, Patsy & Patrick Callahan, Cindy & Rob Citrone, Roslyn Goldstein, Marjorie Reed Gordon, Dee & Tommy Hilfiger, Donna Karan, Shelly & Howard Kivell, Michael Kors, Kinga Lampert, Aerin Lauder, Jane Lauder, Jo Carole & Ronald S. Lauder, Laura & Gary Lauder, Lori Kanter Tritsch & William P. Lauder, Adrienne & Dan Lufkin, Lois Robbins & Andrew Zaro, Pat & John Rosenwald, Jeanne Sorensen Siegel & Herbert J. Siegel, Arlene Taub, Lizzie & Jonathan Tisch, Ingrid Vandebosch & Jeff Gordon, Vera Wang, and Candace King Weir.
The event’s Underwriters included ascena retail group inc., Kinga and Edward Lampert, and von Mandl Family Foundation; Benefactors included Firmenich, Roslyn & Leslie Goldstein, Hearst, and Leonard & Judy Lauder Fund; Visionaries included Jody & John Arnhold, Housewares Charity Foundation, Kendra Scott, Lori Kanter Tritsch & William P. Lauder, Lufkin Family Foundation, Play for P.I.N.K., Rafanelli Events, Jeanne Sorensen Siegel & Herbert J. Siegel, and Candace King Weir.