On Friday, May 12, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) held its annual Hot Pink Party at an exciting new location: the Park Avenue Armory. One of the most anticipated galas of the season, the event raised nearly $6 million for breast cancer research. Emceed by Elizabeth Hurley, The Estée Lauder Companies Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign Global Ambassador, the event featured Honorary Co-Chairs
Victoria Beckham and Leonard and Judy Lauder, and a stellar performance by Grammy Award winning singer and member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, John Mellencamp.
This year’s gala, themed “Super Nova”, was designed by longtime BCRF supporter Bryan Rafanelli. An “out of this world” experience was created for over 1,000 dedicated supporters. Noteworthy guests included June Ambrose, Tracy Anderson, Misty Copeland, Lea Delaria, Desiree Gruber, Donna Karan, Bob Kraft, Kyle MacLachlan, William Lauder, Emma Myles, Pat Steir, Jamie Tisch, Jon and Lizzie Tisch, Ingrid Vandebosch, Vera Wang.
“Estée Lauder – the woman – formidable, ground breaking and inspiring. She was strong, independent, and dedicated to lifting up other women and helping them to make the most of their lives. That’s something I aspire to in all my roles – as a fashion designer, a businesswoman, UNAIDS ambassador and most importantly as a mother,” said Victoria Beckham. “I am so honored to be here as co-chair alongside Leonard this evening, and to be able to lend my support to this incredible charity.”
Event Co-Chairs include Sandra Brant, Cindy and Rob Citrone, Dee and Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors, Kinga Lampert, Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, Lori Kanter Tritsch and William P. Lauder, Pat and John Rosenwald, Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, Vera Wang, Lois Robbins and Andrew Zaro.
The Roslyn and Leslie Goldstein Unsung Hero Award was presented by Margaret Driscoll-Conole to her dear friends Janet Chambers, Agata Gajewski-Sathi and Anne O’Driscoll MacFarlane.
The event’s underwriters included ANN Inc., Kinga and Edward Lampert, and Mike’s Hard Lemonade; “Big Bang Benefactors” include Cindy and Rob Citrone, Condé Nast, Firmenich, Roslyn and Leslie Goldstein, Hearst Corporation, and the Leonard & Judy Lauder Fund; “Hot Pink Galaxy” contributors include Jody and John Arnhold, Housewares Charity Foundation, Terri and Jerry Kohl, Lori Kanter Tritsch & William P. Lauder, Peter Jay Sharp Foundation/Dan and Adrienne Lufkin, Play for P.I.N.K., Rafanelli Events, Jeanne and Herbert Siegel, and Winston Flowers.
They’re reaching for the stars because they know that together, we all can #BeTheEnd of breast cancer. If you would like to be part of the cure, it’s not too late. You can still donate here.
Keep a look out for upcoming BCRF events:
- Hamptons Paddle & Party for Pink
Saturday, August 5, Morning Paddle – Main Beach, Sag Harbor; Sunset Party – Fairview on Mecox Bay, Bridgehampton
- Symposium and Awards Luncheon
October 19, 2017, New York Hilton Midtown