Last Thursday, November 10th, 2016, at Cipriani Wall Street, The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) hosted its 19th Annual Collaborating for a Cure Benefit Dinner & Auction, posthumously honoring footwear industry icon Vince Camuto and featuring a musical performance by the legendary Roger Daltrey of The Who. The event marked the fortieth anniversary of the founding of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) by noted oncologist Samuel Waxman, M.D. and introduced the SWCRF Vince Camuto Memorial Cancer Research Program in honor of Mr. Camuto, founder of Camuto Group, who passed away of prostate cancer in 2015. Louise Camuto, Chief Creative Officer of Camuto Group, accepted the honor in memory of her late husband. The very charitable and fashion forward evening was hosted by Chris Wragge, co-anchor of CBS 2 News This Morning, as master of ceremonies, and raised approximately $2.5 million for SWCRF cancer research programs.
Just as the red carpet arrivals kicked off-- we caught a glimpse of a very familiar face, CBS 2 News This Morning Chris Wragge. We asked Mr. Wragge how he became involved with the organization and how long he has worked with them, he shared "this has been going about 5 years now, I just had such a great relationship from the moment I met both Sam and Marion, it was an easy marriage, they invited over to their house in the Hamptons about 5 years ago, asked if I would be involved, and I took a real liking to them, when I learned more about Dr. Waxman and his doctors do together it was an easy sell and then literally from the first event til now. I do two or three a year for them, and I just love them so much that if they were to say hey Chris, we're leaving cancer research and going into--Sanitation, I'd follow them there too!"
During the cocktail hour we spoke with Marion Waxman,wife of Dr. Samuel Waxman, on what's new or noteworthy in regards to recent work within the organization, Mrs. Waxman explained, "this year we have an enormous program we're trying to launch, Adrienne Kantor, we're trying to raise 30 million dollars which will be matched. We're being represented globally by the best and the brightest in terms of the recipients, so it's a big year it's also our 4oth Anniversary--40 years of research and collaboration,so you add all that up it's pretty fantastic."
The cocktail hour was immediately followed by a seated dinner. Highlights of the evening included: red carpet arrivals of guests that included current honoree Louis Camuto, former Collaborating for a Cure honoree Designer John Varvatos; ACS Taste of Hope's Jamie Koff as well as noted NY Philanthropist and author Jean Shafiroff; a video tribute to Vince Camuto featuring words from Designer Tommy Hilfiger; a stellar live auction led by Hugh Hildesley, Executive Vice President of Sotheby’s Auction House. Guests bid on exclusive items such as: a $10,000 shopping spree and lunch with John Varvatos which sold for $15,000 etc
Immediately following dinner was the riveting live performance of legendary Brit rocker Roger Daltrey of The Who. Lucky guests rocked on well after midnight to Daltrey's familiar tunes.
For more information on the work of Dr. Samuel Waxman and his foundation visit: www.waxmancancer.org
*photos by The Quest for "it"