20 Years of “The Waxman”

by AVENUE insider Photographed by Patrick McMullan and Annie Watt
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

On November 16, the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) celebrated the 20th Anniversary of its Collaborating for a Cure Benefit Dinner and Auction, or “The Waxman” as its come to be known. The gala raised $2.5 million for SWCRF cancer research programs, and introduced SWCRF’s new Partnership for Aging and Cancer Research Program in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute on Aging.

Michael Nierenberg was the event chairman; and Chris Wragge, co-anchor of CBS 2 News This Morning, served as master of ceremonies. About 800 guests attended this year’s event, and the money raised will support research efforts to produce a cure for cancer and to deliver tailored, minimally toxic treatments to patients.

William S. Gorin, former CEO of MFA Financial, INC, who passed away from pancreatic cancer in August, was honored in memoriam with a video where his friends and family reflected on his legacy, remembering him as an optimistic, driven and family-oriented man who never let the disease get in the way of his enjoyment of life’s moments. Afterward, his widow, Jody Gorin was presented the William S. Gorin Memorial Award, which marks the introduction of an annual grant to fund research by a special investigator working in pancreatic cancer.

Throughout the evening the event campaigned a Text to Pledge, in which guests texted their donations along with messages of encouragement and celebration that appeared on large screens in the venue in real-time.

Live auction items like a ten-course meal with wine pairings for eight guests at Chef Gabriel Kreuther’s exclusive kitchen table and two house seats to the sold-out Springsteen on Broadway were met with enthusiasm. Meanwhile, the silent auction items are still available for bidding through November 30th. They include the opportunity to see one of Bette Midler’s final performances in Hello Dolly!, a caviar luxury spa package at the Ritz-Carlton and many more.

The night concluded with a concert from the folk-rock band, The Avett Brothers.

Notable attendees included: Marion and Dr. Samuel Waxman, William T. Sullivan, Jody Matthew and Allie Gorin, Julie and Scott Waxman, Bettina and Spencer Waxman, Hugh Hildesley, Robin Lathrop, Maria and Kenneth Fishel, Nancy, Howard, Charles and Emma Kurz, Barry Cohen, Phyllis and Gary Gladstein, Louis Perone, Jeff Gladstein, Mary Kantor, Dena K. Weiner, Sandy, Marc, Jake, and Chloe Taub, Tom Marano, Marc Toscano, Greg Overlander, Peter Cherasia, Chris Arlotta, Mario Pecoraro, Greg Schwab, Naira Velumyan, JK Sezlik and Samantha Santiago-Jones and Steve Jones.


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