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Elton John was in New York earlier this week to perform at a special event for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Tuesday’s Hot Pink Party at the Waldorf Astoria was emceed by Elizabeth Hurley and attended by stars such as Bette Midler. The event raised over $4 million for the charity, with Delta Airlines donating $1 million and announcing they will paint one of their 767 aircraft pink to help raise awareness of the issue.

“The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is so grateful to the employees of Delta for their personal commitment to eliminate breast cancer,” said Evelyn Lauder, the foundation’s founder and chairwoman. “Since 2005, Delta employees have gone above and beyond to raise both awareness and funds for the foundation, but this year was exceptional, raising a breath-taking $1 million for life-saving research. This exemplary effort will truly make a difference in finding a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime.”

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation was founded in 1993 by Evelyn H. Lauder as an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to funding innovative clinical and translational research. In October 2009, BCRF awarded nearly $28.5 million to 173 scientists across the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Australia.

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