AN UNFORGETTABLE EVENING BENEFITING EIF’S WOMEN’S CANCER RESEARCH FUND
MARTIN SHORT ACCEPTED THE COURAGE AWARD IN HONOR OF HIS WIFE NANCY SHORT
ANNETTE BENING RECEIVED THE NAT KING COLE AWARD
SPECIAL MUSICAL PERFORMANCE BY GRAMMY® NOMINATED ARTIST CEE LO GREEN
Los Angeles, CA – February 11, 2011 – On Thursday, February 10, 2011 the EIF’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund Honorary Chairs Rita Wilson, Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg along with EIF’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund co-founders Kelly Chapman Meyer, Anne Douglas, Quinn Ezralow, Marion Laurie and Jaime Tisch, welcomed guests to the Beverly Wilshire Hotel for the 14th Annual An Unforgettable Evening benefiting the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund.
The event, which raised $1.5 million, marked the 15th anniversary of the Women’s Cancer Research Fund which continues to raise support for innovative cancer research, such as the Breast Cancer Biomarker Discovery Project and recognize remarkable individuals for their commitment to the cause. The Breast Cancer Biomarker Discovery Project is working to identify and verify biomarkers that will lead to the development of a blood test for the detection of breast cancer at its earliest and most curable stages. The Women’s Cancer Research Fund is also funding research being conducted at prestigious, National Cancer Institute (NCI)-accredited medical institutes, UCLA Johnson Comprehensive Cancer Center and USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Celebrity and VIP guests included host Conan O’Brien, honorees Martin Short and Annette Bening, Nobel Laureate Dr. David Baltimore, PH.D., Buzz and Lois Aldrin, Roberta Armani, Tom Arnold, Rosanna Arquette, Warren Beatty, Colleen Bell, Maria Bell, Billy Crystal, Barbara Davis, Kirk Douglas, Vanessa Getty, Leona Lewis, Lori Loughlin, Crystal Lourd, Richard Lovett, Tobey Maguire and Jennifer Meyer Maguire, Ron Meyer, Tracey Ross, Steve Sadove (CEO of Saks), Terri Seymour, Joel Silver, John Taylor (Duran Duran), Steve Tisch, Amber Valletta, Elizabeth Wyatt and more.
Emcee Conan O’Brien kept the crowd laughing throughout the night which included a live auction featuring a single item, a Sevan Bicakci One-of-a-Kind Carved “Rose” Ring. Amber Valletta was the lucky bidder who took home the unique ring for $28,000. Rita Wilson and Kate Capshaw presented The Nat King Cole Award to Academy-Award nominee Annette Bening for her charitable works and contributions. The women returned to the stage with Steven Spielberg to pay tribute to friend Martin Short who accepted the 2011 Courage Award on behalf of his wife Nancy Short, who lost her battle with cancer in 2010. Grammy-nominated artist Cee Lo Green closed out the evening with an exciting three song set including his hit song “Forget You” while guests and celebrities sang and danced in their seats. Cee Lo Green is nominated for four awards at the 2011 Grammys®.
Guests finished the evening by picking up gift bags and enjoying delicious cupcakes from Sprinkles.
About EIF’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund
The Women’s Cancer Research Fund, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, supports innovative research, education and outreach directed at the development of more effective approaches to the early diagnosis, treatment and prevention of all women’s cancers. Through EIF/Women’s Cancer Research Fund Biomarker Discovery Project world-class scientists are collaborating to develop a blood test that will detect breast cancer in its earliest stages. The Women’s Cancer Research Fund is also funding research being conducted at prestigious NCI accredited medical institutions primarily based in Los Angeles. We continue to focus on prevention and support projects finding the link between the environment and cancer. For more information visit www.womenscancerresearchfund.org.
About the Entertainment Industry Foundation
The Entertainment Industry Foundation, as a leading charitable organization of the entertainment industry, has distributed hundreds of millions of dollars to support charitable initiatives addressing critical health, education and social issues. For more information visit www.eifoundation.org.
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