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Fashion Cares For the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation Maria Fishel, Betsey Johnson and Ken Fishel

Nicole Miller presented her Spring 2014 design to “Ladies Who Lunch for a Cure”

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ctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is traditionally a month when special events, programs and promotions take place to draw attention to this disease which afflicts women of all ages, all ethnicities and all lifestyles. The fashion industry in particular has been very generous in supporting these efforts and has embraced the work of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation. One such fashion label is Tadashi Shoji. The beautiful collection of special occasion dresses and gowns is designed by Tadashi Shoji and sold in exclusive retail stores in the U.S. and across the world. Since his first encounter with the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF), Tadashi Shoji has been a champion of Dr. Waxman and his network of scientists. To continue his support for the SWCRF, Tadashi Shoji designed a beautiful, limited-edition bamboo and wool blend scarf retailing at $88, to benefit SWCRF breast cancer research. Twenty percent of sales from the scarf or any fashion item listed on the Tadashi Shoji website www.tadashishoji.com or at Tadashi Shoji stores located in Las Vegas and Costa Mesa, will be allocated to the Foundation. The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation has also enjoyed the attention of Nicole Miller, who showcased her Spring 2014 collection at a sold-out event called “Ladies Who Lunch for a Cure,” benefitting SWCRF. Notable New York philanthropists lunched on spectacular food prepared by CxRA and were treated to an exclusive fashion show. Nicole Miller announced that her store on Madison Avenue would donate a portion of its sales to the Waxman Foundation once attendees turned in gift-cards that were included in gift bags distributed at the end of the show. Because of the standing-room-only success of this inaugural event, it will be repeated in the spring of 2015. The Hamptons Happening celebrated its 10th Anniversary this year on the grounds of Maria and Kenneth Fishel’s home in Bridgehampton. A food feast created by renowned chefs, the Hamptons Happening was once again the toast of the Hamptons. Betsey Johnson, the fun, energetic and colorful fashion designer, was honored, along with famous chef David Burke and Paul Ridley, co-founder of Row for Hope. One week after the event, Johnson, a breast cancer survivor, held a tag sale on the property of her East Hampton home and informed Dr. Waxman that a portion of the tag sale would be directed to his Foundation. The master keeper of the key to Fashion Week fashion show schedules, Ruth Finley, was honored at the 2013 Hamptons Happening. A major supporter of the Foundation, Finley has been an invaluable patron and cancer research campaigner. On December 4, 2014, the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation will once again hold its major year-end event gala at Cipriani Downtown. The fashion industry has been very supportive by lending its name to the event. In actuality the gala had its start through the fashion industry. Thirty-four years ago, Sidney Kantor, CEO of Sheraton Fashions, suggested that the Foundation needed an event to raise funds. His wife Mary Kantor created the first gala in 1980 at The Pierre hotel to honor the iconic Bernie Ozer of Bloomingdale’s. And the rest is the fashion cares for the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation, history. The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation, through its international brain trust of leading scientists and medical professionals, has made exceptional inroads in treating various cancers, with nontoxic therapy providing more comfortable treatments and extending the lives of those who have been affected by this disease. The Foundation continues its critical work to combat the disease. For more information visit www.waxmancancer.org ✦ —Erica Fineberg

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AVENUE October 2014  

Founded in 1976, AVENUE is a must-read among the city’s most discerning, stylish and savvy audiences. As Manhattan’s oldest society magazine...

AVENUE October 2014  

Founded in 1976, AVENUE is a must-read among the city’s most discerning, stylish and savvy audiences. As Manhattan’s oldest society magazine...