The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) is an international organization dedicated to curing and preventing cancer. At this year’s benefit dinner, more than 750 corporate executives, board members and their guests attended. The money raised supported the Waxman Foundation’s research efforts to produce a cure for cancer by reprogramming cancer cells and to deliver tailored, minimally toxic treatments to patients. The scientists funded by the SWCRF have made significant breakthroughs in cancer research, including identifying pathways to deliver novel therapies to treat cancer.
SWCRF Chairman and Collaborating for a Cure host Michael Nierenberg gave opening remarks welcoming attendees to the Dinner & Auction and thanked the SWCRF’s many supporters for their continued efforts to raise funds for cancer research. The evening’s MC Chris Wragge was up next to introduce Dr. Samuel Waxman whose remarks highlighted the importance of investing in cancer research and developing less toxic therapies for cancer patients of all ages, which is a large part of the SWCRF’s mission. Dinner soon followed after with Wragge introducing Cristina Cuomo, Editor-In-Chief of Manhattan and Beach Magazine, to present the SWCRF Fashion Cares Award to John Varvatos. In accepting his award, Varvatos lauded Dr. Waxman’s work and the research of the SWCRF. He also shared that his father battled leukemia, his sister underwent a double mastectomy and his brother recently received a prostate cancer diagnosis.
The evening’s exciting live auction, which was led by Hugh Hildesley, Executive Vice President of Sotheby’s Auction House. Guests the opportunity to bid on exclusive items such as: a $10,000 shopping spree and lunch with John Varvatos which sold for $17,000; an America’s Cup Yacht Race experience captained by former America’s Cup Team Members, sold twice for $10,000; a private wine tasting at Italian Wine Merchants for $17,000; an exclusive opportunity to meet John Fogerty and receive a flannel shirt autographed by the legendary rock star, which sold to the highest bidder for $10,000. The highest bid of the night, $60,000, went to a five day, four night stay for 10 people at the Ian Fleming Villa at the GoldenEye Hotel in Jamaica via private jet. Other travel packages included a CMH 4-day Heli-skiing trip for 2 in Canada sold for $17,000; A Milwaukee Bucks experience including G4 flight to a game and team memorabilia, which sold twice for $20,000 and an Italian wine and truffle adventure in Italy donated by Palm Bay International, which went for $32,000. After an exciting auction, the legendary John Fogerty hit the stage to perform. He belted out hits from his tenure as lead singer of Creedence Clearwater Revival.
The Event Chairs were: Lynn and Wes Edens, Katie and Scott Eichel, Kristen and Johan Eveland, Maria and Kenneth Fishel, Mary Henry and Howard Rubin, Diane and Adam Katz, Nancy and Howard Kurz, Randal Nardone, Elin and Michael Nierenberg, Mara and Baron Silverstein, Linda Taub, Sandy and Marc Taub, Bettina and Spencer Waxman and Lauren Zwak and James DeMare.
The Dinner Committee included: Eve and Brant Brooks, Sarah and Brian Chin, Tracy and Frank Collins, Staci and Andrew Friedwald, Samantha Santiago and Steve Jones, Andrew Sloves, Nicholas Smith, Laurie and Joseph Steffa, Charles Sorrentino, Marion and Samuel Waxman, M.D., Dena K. Weiner and David Rozenholc, Amy and Matt Zisette.
The Auction Committee included: Nancy Loving and David Hinkelman and Deborah and Howard Shlafmitz.
Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation Board:
CHAIRMAN: Michael Nierenberg
PRESIDENT: Spencer Waxman
VICE PRESIDENTS: Howard Kurz, Dena K. Weiner
TREASURER: Thomas A. Conway
SECRETARY: Laurie L. Schaffran
BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Dale Claman, Kenneth Fishel, James aE. Frankel, Gary Gladstein, Clifford Greenberg, Dennis A. Herman, Linda Herman, David Hinkelman, Gary Jacob, Robert Kantor, Matthew Lyons, Howard Shlafmitz. Tony M. Shogren, Baron Silverstein, Riva Ariella Ritvo-Slifka, Samuel Waxman, M.D.
HONORARY BOARD: Maureen Cogan, Martin L. Coyne, Mary Kantor, Abner Levine**, Mildred Levine, Susan W. Rose, Alan P. Safir *, Joan A. Safir *, Edwin C. Scheurer**, Alfred J. Seaman**, Zena Wiener
CHAIRMAN’S COUNCIL: Lawrence Altman, Peter Claman, Ruth Finley, Arminio Fraga, Betsey Johnson, Costas Kondylis, Thomas Marano, J. Jay Mautner, Tadashi Shoji, Bernard Sillins
* Past Chair **Deceased
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