Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s Hot Pink Party Raised $5.5 Million. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) hosted its annual Hot Pink Party on Thursday, May 17 at the Park Avenue Armory. One of the most anticipated events of the season, the event raised over $5.5 million for breast cancer research. Emceed by Elizabeth Hurley, the event featured Honorary Co-chairs Leonard and Judy Lauder, a performance by nine-time Grammy Award-winner and two-time Oscar nominee, Mary J. Blige, @therealmaryjblige, and a video message by long-time supporter and event Honorary Co-chair Elton John. The evening honored Denise LeFrak, who was presented with the Roslyn and Leslie Goldstein Unsung Hero Award by Roberta Model Amon.
Over 1,100 guests attended this year’s aquatic gala designed by Rafanelli Events, themed “New Depths”, which was a nod to BCRF’s researchers, who take a “deep dive” into the mysteries of cancer, with far-reaching outcomes. Noteworthy guests included LL Cool J, Misty Copeland, Dee and Tommy Hilfiger, Amy Robach, Jeff Gordon and Ingrid Vandebosch, Nina Garcia, Carolyn Murphy, Brian and Amy France, Daniel Basso, Paul Shaffer, Andy Karl and Orfeh, Lea DeLaria and Emma Myles.
Honorary Co-chairs included Sir Elton John and David Furnish and Judy and Leonard Lauder. Event Co-chairs included Sandra Brant, Patsy and Patrick Callahan, Cindy and Rob Citrone, Roslyn Goldstein, Marjorie Reed Gordon, Dee and Tommy Hilfiger, Donna Karan, Shelly and Howard Kivell, Michael Kors, Kinga Lampert, Aerin Lauder, Jane Lauder, Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, Lori Kanter Tritsch and William P. Lauder, Dominique Lévy, Adrienne and Dan Lufkin, Pat and John Rosenwald, Jeanne Sorensen Siegel and Herbert J. Siegel, Arlene Taub, Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, Ingrid Vandebosch and Jeff Gordon, Vera Wang, Lois Robbins and Andrew Zaro.
The event’s underwriters included ascena, Kinga and Edward Lampert, and Mike’s Hard Lemonade Co. and the Von Mandl Family Foundation; “Maritime Benefactors” included Condé Nast, Firmenich, Roslyn and Leslie Goldstein, Hearst, and the Leonard & Judy Lauder Fund; “Hot Pink Ocean” contributors included Housewares Charity Foundation, Kendra Scott, Candace King Weir, Jody and John Arnhold, Lori Kanter Tritsch & William P. Lauder, Lufkin Family Foundation, Play for P.I.N.K., Rafanelli Events, Jeanne and Herbert Siegel, and Winston Flowers.