William Lauder Honored by BCRF; Raises a Record-Breaking $11 million

 The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) hosted its annual Hot Pink Party at The Glasshouse in New York City and raised over $11 million to support BCRF’s global legion of 250 scientists pursuing high-impact, lifesaving breast cancer research.

Hosted by Elizabeth Hurley, Global Ambassador of The Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Campaign, the evening honored BCRF Board Co-chair William P. Lauder with the Evelyn H. Lauder Spirit of Philanthropy Award, named for his mother, the founder of BCRF.

William Lauder with daughter Danielle.

Senior Vice President of Global Product Development at Clinique and breast cancer survivor, Janet Pardo shared heartfelt remarks, “William has co-chaired the BCRF Board since 2016. His steady hand, thoughtfulness, and decisive leadership has enabled the Foundation to thrive through the past eight years, including during a global pandemic. He is so generous with his time and talent, committing himself fully to this critical role in addition to his responsibilities at Estée Lauder, with his family, and so many other notable pursuits. Giving back, and giving his all, are the hallmarks of William’s style.”

William Lauder, Donna McKay, Dr. Larry Norton and Karen Hale.

“I would like to thank the brilliant BCRF researchers who work every day to bring us closer to the end of breast cancer and all of you for your support for believing in their important work,” said Lauder. “The future is bright and we will all continue to work together towards a world free from breast cancer.”

William Lauder, Jane Lauder, Gary Lauder and Aerin Lauder.

Honorary Co-Chairs included: Karen & Rob Hale, Sir Elton John & David Furnish, Kinga & Edward Lampert, Judy & Leonard A. Lauder, Lori Kanter Tritsch & William P. Lauder and Anthony von Mandl.  Lead Co-Chairs included: Jody & John Arnhold, Valentine & Patrick Firmenich, Roslyn Goldstein, Adrienne & Dan Lufkin, Marilyn & Jim Simons and Candance King Weir. Co-Chairs included: Sandra Brant, Susan Crown & William Kunkler, Nina Garcia, Marjorie Reed Gordon, Donna Karan, Shelly & Howard Kivell, Michael Kors, Aerin Lauder, Jane Lauder, Jo Carole & Ronald S. Lauder, Laura & Gary Lauder, John Paulson, Bryan Rafanelli, Lois Robbins & Andrew Zaro, Arlene Taub, Lizzie & Jonathan Tisch, Ingrid Vandebosch & Jeff Gordon and Vera Wang.

The evening featured an unforgettable concert by Nile Rodgers & CHIC, who took the stage to perform their classics including Le Freak, Dance Dance Dance, I’m Coming Out, Upside Down, We Are Family, Good Times, and more.

Breast Cancer thriver and Delta Airlines flight attendant, Marenda Hughes Taylor was also presented with the Roslyn and Leslie Goldstein Unsung Hero Award. The Award was presented to her by Kristen Manion Taylor.

Notable guests included: Karlie Kloss, Carolyn Murphy, Vera Wang, Amy and Brian France, Imaan Hammam, Tunde Oyeneyin, Cody Rigsby, Jill and Harry Kargman, Katherine Lauder, Jennifer Fisher, Danielle Lauder, Eliana Lauder, Rachel Lauder, Gretta Monahan, Sara Sidner, Ann Caruso, Dani Stahl, Emma Myles, Jenna Leigh Miles, Paul Shaffer, Chloe Melas, Paige Stables, Sarrah Strimel Bentley, Simone Winston and more.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide, underscoring the rising and urgent need for research. BCRF is proud to be the largest private funder of breast cancer research in the world, supporting a global legion of 250 scientists pursuing high-impact research that is saving lives.

Photos: Getty Images

Christine Schott Ledes
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