At the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation’s 18th annual Benefit Dinner & Auction on Thursday in Manhattan at Cipriani Wall Street, men’s fashion designer and Hamptonite John Varvatos was honored.
Known affectionately by New Yorkers as “The Waxman,” this yearly fête is considered to be among the top fundraising events in New York City, attended by more than 1,200 corporate executives, board members, and their guests. In recent years, “The Waxman” has raised millions of dollars to support the foundation’s research efforts to produce a cure for cancer.
This year, the event featured a special performance from legendary American singer-songwriter John Fogerty. The evening was hosted by Chris Wragge, co-anchor of CBS 2 News This Morning, as master of ceremonies.
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.
This year’s event was attended by more than 750 corporate executives, board members and their guests. The money raised will support 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.