The Waldorf-Astoria was bathed in shades fuchsia on Wednesday night for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s 12th annual Hot Pink Party, which aims to spread awareness about the disease and raise money to finding a cure.
And with event co-chairs that include Vera Wang, Donna Karan and Michael Kors, it’s no surprise that the BCRF’s event had a well-dressed turnout, including Elizabeth Hurley, who was the emcee; Sir Elton John, who dedicated the songs he performed, including “Rocketman” and “Tiny Dancer,” to the late BCRF founder Evelyn Lauder; and Kate Hudson, who presented the Sandra Taub Humanitarian Award to Kay Krill, the president and CEO of ANN INC. “[Kay] leads by example with her hands-on method to help raise awareness and support and to engage others,” Hudson said. “As one of the few female CEOs running a Fortune 1000 company, Kay is a wonderful role model.”
“We have put [breast cancer awareness] in the forefront for five years,” Krill told DuJour before the event. “This year, we gave [the BCRF] a check for 4 million dollars, and we’ve donated 10 million dollars over 10 years.”
Hurley couldn’t agree more about the importance of fundraising, explaining, “What stands between today and a world free of cancer is funding.” Perhaps inspired by these words, or Krill’s own efforts, guests were generous, and the event raised over $5.2 million that will go towards breast cancer research. And their efforts will only continue to grow, so stay tuned for 2014. “As long as I’m around, I’ll be doing this every year,” Elton John, who has performed at the Hot Pink party for the past 13 years, said.
Take a look in the DuJour gallery to see photographs of the attendees.