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The Cancer Research Institute's Young Philanthropists Council Cocktail Soiree
03/25/2010 - By Saks Fifth Avenue

The Cancer Research Institute's Young Philanthropists Council Cocktail Soiree

On March 25, 2010 The Cancer Research Institute's Young Philanthropists council hosted a cocktail soiree at Saks Fifth Avenue in NYC, bringing awareness to the Institute's groundbreaking efforts to change the face of cancer treatment.

Featuring music by special guest DJ Josh Madden and the chance to win a Saks shopping spree and style session with celebrity stylist Lauren Rae Levy, models were on hand to display some of the hottest spring looks for the season. The highly successful evening featured a silent auction, open bar and passed hors d’oeuvres with a 10% discount on all items purchased throughout the store.

The private VIP event that took place earlier in the evening offered guests a champagne cocktail reception, professional make-up consultations as well as the opportunity to shop with a Saks Fifth Avenue personal shopper. In addition, VIP guests were entered to win a Saks Fifth Avenue shopping spree with celebrity stylist Lauren Rae Levy, as well as a vacation package that included a luxury weekend stay at a first class New York City hotel, including car service, massage and restaurant certificate.

Steven Beltrani and council chair, Alexis Feldman introduced Executive Director, Jill O’Donnell-Tormey who spoke about the Institute's exciting advancements towards discovering and developing new, immune-based approaches to the treatment, control, and prevention of cancer.

Notable attendees included: Lauren Rae Levy, Josh Madden, Timo Weiland, Justin Baer, Daniel Cappello, Rachel Heller, Karen Biehl, Matt Wayne, Reagan Richards, Marlon Kreiger, Josette Winograd, Asha Talwar, Steven Beltrani, Joey Lico, and Alexis Feldman (chair).

The evening was hosted by the CRI Young Philanthopists council: Alexis Feldman (chair), Marissa Schneider (co-chair), Steven Beltrani, Joey Lico, Kelly Cerialo, Aaryn Anderson, Ali Lapinsky, Amy DePaola, Christina Brown, Dave Schwartz, Evan Wohl, George Bergamo, Jessica Bloch, Josephine Vella, Kate Cucco, Sean Kiely, Kendall Wrigley, Meredith Meyer, Meredith Stampler, Melissa Phillips, Natasha Uspensky, Ryan Phillips, Samantha Knapik, and Sarah Kassoff.

Silent auction items included Ippolita earings, a 2 night stay at the Mercer Hotel in NYC, a Marc Jacobs handbag, dinner at Locanda Verde with a 2 night stay at the Greenwich Hotel in NYC, a Tiki Barber signed jersey, as well as a number of other high-end fashion and cosmetic items. All proceeds from ticket sales and the silent auction benefited the Cancer Research Institute.

The Cancer Research Institute Young Philanthropists are a network of professionals ages 21-40 committed to charitable giving and volunteerism for the purpose of supporting research in cancer immunology. This promising field of medical research aims to harness the disease-fighting power of the immune system to treat, control and prevent cancer. For more information, please visit www.cancerresearch.org.

Photos by Thomas Evans for CharityHappenings


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