Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation celebrates 25 years – raising $6million – during annual New York City gala with special performance from rock band MT Joy
- The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation celebrated its 25th Annual Collaborating for a Cure Gala at Cipriani Wall St on November 17
- The benefit raised more than $6M for cancer research, via ticket sales and a live auction which donors bid on luxury culinary experiences and getaways
- This year’s very special guest was author and breast cancer survivor, Musa Mayer, who offered to match the $1million raised during the event
- ‘I will be celebrating my 80th birthday soon thanks to the work of this foundation and Dr. Samuel Waxman,’ said Mayer
One of New York City‘s most popular charity events has marked its silver anniversary – this year raising more than $6million for cancer research.
The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) hosted the 25th Annual Collaborating for a Cure Gala last Thursday, which saw more than 700 guests gather at Manhattan hotspot Cipriani Wall St.
The benefit, spearheaded by founder and CEO Dr. Samuel Waxman and chairman Michael Nierenberg, aims to raise money to fund the next five years of the charity’s several cancer research programs.
Founder and CEO Dr. Samuel Waxman and chairman Michael Nierenberg attend the 25th Annual Collaborating for a Cure Gala in New York City on November 17, 2022
This year’s very special guest was author and breast cancer survivor, Musa Mayer (pictured) who offered to match the $1million raised during the event
The benefit saw more than 700 well-dressed guests gather at the ballroom of Manhattan hotspot Cipriani Wall St
Along with the proceeds raised from ticket sales, the event also collected generous donations during a live auction which saw well-heeled guests bid on culinary experiences at the Cipriani Vault, il Buco Vita, and a Palm Bay Italian Winery experience in Tuscany.
An intense bidding war also saw one lucky donor walk away with an adorable cockapoo puppy that went under the hammer for $8,500.
For $2,500, guests also had the chance to enter a raffle for a private 7-day Bahamas cruise aboard an 82-foot, hybrid-powered, luxury yacht.
As in previous years, the event included a cocktail hour reception across the street, live entertainment – and even a meet and greet – with a performance by rock band MT. JOY.
This year’s very special guest was author and breast cancer survivor, Musa Mayer, who offered to match every dollar raised during the gala – which ultimately raked in a staggering $1million.
Over $1.7million were raised during the event’s live auction, which offered guests a chance to bid on luxury culinary and travel experiences
An intense bidding war also saw one lucky donor walk away with an adorable cockapoo puppy that went under the hammer for $8,500
This year’s gala fundraiser rounded off with a performance by rock band Mt Joy
‘I will be celebrating my 80th birthday soon thanks to the work of this foundation and Dr. Samuel Waxman,’ said Mayer, who was once an oncology patient of the physician.
Dr. Waxman, who received the well-deserved and long-overdue Lifetime Achievement Award, spoke to his vision for a future in which cancer does not have to be a disease associated with aging.
‘The incidence of cancer is increasing, in part, as a by-product of improvements we are making in human longevity,’ said Dr. Waxman.
‘But through our collaborative research programs, we can flatten this curve. I am thrilled to be a part of many amazing breakthroughs that have occurred in cancer research – with more to come.’
Notable attendees included CBS anchor Chris Wragge, the gala’s emcee who introduced the evening’s honorees at the main dining room and highlighted many of the foundation’s groundbreaking achievements over the past 50 years.