Collaborating for a Cure
Sheryl Crow Attracts Philanthropic Crowd to the
Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation Annual Benefit

Designs By Event Planner Robin Lathrop

Dr. Waxman With Gwen Darien And Dr. Ethan Dmitrovsky

Tammy Ofek With Brenda von Schweickhardt

C. Hugh Hildesley

Sharon Blynn With Dr. Waxman

Sheryl Crow

Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter and breast cancer survivor Sheryl Crow stole the show at the 13th Annual Collaborating for a Cure Dinner and Auction to benefit the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF). At the elegant Park Avenue Armory, Sheryl performed a seventy-five minute concert, including her latest single Summer Day and the fan-favorite If It Makes You Happy to a sold-out crowd of 1,400.

Among the guests and research scientists in attendance, Dr. Samuel Waxman was the man of the evening. In his welcoming speech, he remarked that government funding for cancer research is limited in the current economy, and that the national cancer rate continues to rise. He concluded that “we must invest in fighting cancer, and the SWCRF will give you the best return.” The triumph of the night was thanks to the hard work of event chairs Elin and Michael Nierenberg, Dale and Peter Claman, Alyssa and Cliff Greenberg, and Kristin Fizulich. Other notable guests included SWCRF Executive Director Gwen Darien; SWCRF Associate Scientific Directors Dr. Ethan Dmitrovsky and Dr. Jonathan Licht; SWCRF Board of Directors members, Thomas A. Conway Gary Gladstein, Dennis A. Herman, Linda Herman, Gary Jacob, J. Jay Mautner, Musa Mayer, Laurie L. Schaffran, Howard Shlafmitz, Clifford Sterling, David S. Taub, Spencer Waxman and Dena K. Weiner; Bald is Beautiful founder Sharon Blynn; fundraisers Jean & Jackie Shafiroff; Ceslie Armstrong; Katlean de Monchy and TV personality Joe Terranova. Event planner Robin Lathrop of BYROBIN set the mood with a creative take on centerpieces. Robin forwent traditional floral arrangements and created centerpieces that celebrated the work of the Foundation, as they read: $75 Million and counting. 175 Researchers. 3 Continents. 35 Years of Breakthrough Research.

The evening’s live and silent auctions offered guests the opportunity to bid on a selection of exciting items, including a Seven-Night-Stay for up to 10 guests in the Ian Fleming Villa at the Goldeneye Resort via Private Jet Service, which garnered the highest bid of the evening with $100,000, a signed guitar by rock n’ roll icons Aerosmith that earned $12,000, and a Father and Son Road Trip, complete with travel aboard the New York Giants’ private jet, a stay at the team’s hotel and tickets to a game with pre-field access, which earned $33,000. Silent auction items included dinner for eight at Daniel, two tickets to meet Jerry Seinfeld after a show and a private shopping experience for six at David Yurman. Once again led by C. Hugh Hildesley of Sotheby’s Auction House, the Live Auction raised nearly $1 million. Guests received a preview of Live and Silent Auction items at Following the live auction items, guests were invited to ‘bid on science,’ which raised close to $900,000 toward cancer research.

As Sheryl later noted, “without foundations like the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation, we would be much further behind in finding a cure.” Thanks to the millions raised last night, the SWCRF is one big step closer to their goal.

The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation is an international organization dedicated to curing and preventing cancer. The SWCRF is a pioneer in cancer research, focusing on uncovering the causes of cancer and reprogramming cancer cells. The Foundation is dedicated to delivering tailored, minimally toxic treatments to patients. Through their collaborative network of world-class scientists, the Institute Without Walls, investigators share information and tools to speed the pace of discoveries in cancer research. They believe that collaboration is the most critical means to delivery practicable treatments from science more rapidly.

To learn more about the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation please visit For information about the benefit please visit To find out more about the event planning team BYROBIN you can visit

Photos By: James Edstrom