Delete Blood Cancer-DKMS co-founder Katharina Harf will co-host the Seventh Annual Delete Blood Cancer Gala on Wednesday, May 1, at Cipriani Wall Street.
This year, the Delete Blood Cancer Award will be presented to Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, co-founder, artistic director and EVP of OPI Products, for her outstanding commitment and jointly to designer Vera Wang and actress Leighton Meester for their promotion of Delete Blood Cancer’s Share the Love campaign encouraging people to get swabbed and register as bone marrow donors.
Hosted by TV personality and celebrity designer Nate Berkus and co-chaired by Coty Inc. CEO Michele Scannavini, the event will feature an unforgettable live performance by Grammy Award–winning artists Lady Antebellum. The signature highlight of the evening will come during a miracle moment when a young woman is introduced for the first time to the donor who saved her life. All proceeds raised from the event will be used to register lifesaving bone marrow donors.
For co-founder Katharina Harf, the battle against blood cancer is personal. At 14 years old, she lost her mother to blood cancer. Although the family searched valiantly for a matching donor, her mother’s life could not be saved. “My mother remains the inspiration behind our mission. We have given over 35,000 patients a second chance at life but have a long way to go. We deeply thank the honorees, donors and patients, financial donors and incredible performers for joining our fight to one day, hopefully, delete blood cancer,” says Harf.
Also expected to attend the black-tie gala event are Anastasia Ganias (“True Blood”), Anja Rubik (model), Coco Rocha (“The Face”), Derek Lam (designer), Evander Holyfield, Glenda Bailey (Harper’s Bazaar), Georgia May Jagger (model), Jessica White (model), Julie Henderson (model), LP, Lindsey Vonn (Olympic skier), Dr. Mary Horowitz and the chairman of Delete Blood Cancer, Michele Scannavini, among others.