14th Annual Collaborating For a Cure Dinner And Auction Raises Millions for Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation

Marcus Hill With Jean Shafiroff And Nate Nesbitt

Tia Walker

Model And Recording Artist Nick Hissom

Reuben Mark With Dr. Samuel Waxman And Michael Nierenberg

Dr. Ethan Dmitrovsky With Dr. Samuel Waxman And Dr. Jonathan Licht

J. Jay Mautner With Jill Frankel And James Frankel

Laurie Schaffran With Elin Nierenberg, Michael Nierenberg And Dena Weiner

The 14th Annual Collaborating for a Cure dinner and auction to benefit the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF), was held at New York City’s landmark Park Avenue Armory on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 6:30PM. The event, hosted by Elin and Michael Nierenberg, was headlined by Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Kid Rock. The event’s guests included Dr. Samuel Waxman, Director and Founder of The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation,Michael Nierenberg, Board Chair of SWCRF, Dr. Ethan Dmitrovsky, Associate Scientific Director of SWCRF, Dr. Jonathan Licht, Associate Scientific Director of SWCRF, Gwen Darien, Executive Director of SWCRF, J. Jay Mautner, Vice President of SWCRF, Gary Jacob, Vice President of SWCRF, David Taub, Vice President of SWCRF, Dena Weiner, Vice President of SWCRF, Laurie Schaffran, Secretary of SWCRF, Tom Conway, Treasure of SWCRF, Musa Mayer, Board Member of SWCRF, Clifford Greenberg, Board Member of SWCRF, Frank Rauscher, Scientist of SWCRF, Courtney C. Booth, Auctioneer of Sotheby’s, Michael Burkhardt, Board Member 0f Voices Against Brain Cancer, Reuben Mark, Former Chairman and CEO of Colgate-Palmolive Company, Nate Nesbit, Soul Artist Management Supermodel, Marcus Hill, Soul Artist Management Supermodel, Jean Shafiroff, Co-Chair of New York Women’s Foundation’s 25th Anniversary.

The annual dinner—known affectionately by New Yorkers as “The Waxman” after SWCRF founder Dr. Samuel Waxman—is a feel-good affair considered to be among the top annual fundraising events in New York City. In addition, the evening’s much-anticipated live and silent auctions offered guests the opportunity to bid on an exciting selection of exclusive items, such as two Yellow Lab puppies for $13,000 each, an opportunity to meet Kid Rock and take home his autographed guitar for $19,000, a trip for seven to the world famous Golden Eye Resort in Jamaica for $100,000, a week stay at a private ocean front villa in Anguilla with private jet service for $60,000, a five night stay of the ultimate luxury aboard a Private Yacht for $150,000, a fully stocked Viking wine refrigeratorwith 54 bottles of collectible wines from around the world for $15,000, a stellar wine tasting for 20; wines from Palm Bay International, catered by Restaurant Associates and d├ęcor from byROBIN for $10,000, a golf outing at Hampton Hills Country Club for $21,000, dinner for four with Petra Nemcova at Lavo for $11,000, two private wine tastings for 25 at Italian Wine Merchants for $55,000 each, “City of Dreams” original by Peter Tunney for $30,000, “Heaven on Earth” limited edition print by Peter Lik for $25,000, private four-course dinner for 16 at L’Artusi for $25,000 and a private villa in Bermuda for six with jet service from Flight Options LLC for $40,000. The live auction was led by Courtney Booth of Sotheby’s Auction House. Silent auction items are still available for bidding until November 30th, 2011 on, to help raise an incredible amount of money for cancer research.

Dr. Waxman poignantly told guests that he hopes “you feel you saved one life and saved the world by collaborating with us for a cure,” echoing the theme of the Foundation and its fundraiser. The dinner and auction are attended annually by more than 1,100 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, reprogramming cancer cells to deliver tailored, minimally toxic treatments to patients. The scientists who are funded by the SWCRF have made significant breakthroughs in cancer research, including identifying pathways to deliver drugs and novel therapies to treat cancer.

Dr. Waxman founded the SWCRF and its unique concept of a collaborative group of world-class scientists, the Institute Without Walls, to bridge the gap between the bench and bedside. Unlike other organizations, the Waxman Foundation supports novel treatments for many different cancer indications including blood, brain, breast, liver, lung, melanoma, and pancreatic. The Foundation sponsors research that spans the spectrum of cancer—from children to adults; men and women; and from those who are newly diagnosed to those more advanced. Through the Institute Without Walls, investigators share information and tools to speed the pace of cancer research. Since its inception in 1976, the Foundation has awarded more than $75 million to support the work of more than 175 researchers across three continents.

The Foundation wishes to continue funding its vital research through the charitable donations it receives at its annual Collaborating for a Cure dinner and auction, working towards a world in which cancer can be cured and one day can even be prevented.

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Photos By: James Edstrom