The Unforgettable Evening event benefiting the Entertainment Industry Foundation Women’s Cancer Research Fund celebrated the 15th anniversary of the Women’s Cancer Research Fund on Wednesday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, raising $2 million.
Melissa Peterman acted as host for the evening keeping the crowd laughing throughout the night. Sheryl Crow accepted the 2012 Courage Award for her courageous battle against breast cancer and The Nat King Cole Award was presented to Glamour Magazine Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leive for her charitable works and contributions. The evening closed with a special musical performance by Grammy Award winning artist Rihanna who sang a 5-song set which included hits “Only Girl,” “What’s My Name,” a cover of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song,” “Umbrella” and “We Found Love.”
Also at the event were Women’s Cancer Research Fund Honorary Chairs Rita Wilson, Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg, EIF’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund co-founders Kelly Chapman Meyer, Anne Douglas, Quinn Ezralow, Marion Laurie and Jaime Tisch, along with special guests Dr. Michael Gillete and President of Saks Fifth Avenue Ron Frasch, Kirk Douglas, Lisa Kudrow, Lori Loughlin, Martin Short, Amber Valletta, Laurie David, Vanessa Getty, Barbara Davis, Gelila Puck, Gela Nash-Taylor, John Taylor and Steve Tyrell
The Women’s Cancer Research Fund continues to raise support for innovative cancer research, such as the Breast Cancer Biomarker Discovery Project, as well as 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 institutes, UCLA Johnson Comprehensive Cancer Center and USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.