on the right track: train performs at the 16th annual swcrf  collaborating for a cure gala honoring arthur imperatore, sr. and tadashi shoji



The worlds of science, business, fashion and entertainment came together on November 21 in New York City to support cancer research at the 16th annual SWCRF Collaborating for a Cure gala benefiting the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation. The popular fundraiser, known as "The Waxman" by longtime supporters, raised nearly $3 million and recognized the humanitarian efforts of Arthur Imperatore, Sr., President and Chief Operating Officer of the New York Waterway, and celebrated fashion designer Tadashi Shoji. The night was capped by a performance by Grammy Award-winning band Train.

Hosted by SWCRF Chairman Michael Nierenberg and his wife Elin, the Waxman Gala was held at the stately Park Avenue Armory, drawing 850 guests who supported SWCRF's funding for research conducted by its global network of scientists to cure cancer through genetic reprogramming. The awards ceremony was opened by Mr. Nierenberg, who thanked the guests for their continued financial support of the Foundation's cutting-edge science. He turned the program over to the Master of Ceremonies, CBS 2 News anchor Chris Wragge, who rallied the audience with a spirited introduction of the night's program and urged them to bid generously on the silent auction items presented by Charitybuzz and the live auction led by noted Sotheby's auctioneer Hugh Hildesley.

SWCRF founder and CEO Samuel Waxman, M.D., presented the gala's Humanitarian Award to Arthur Imperatore, Sr., a cancer survivor who lauded the foundation's tireless efforts to find a cure for cancer. Actress Andrea Powell, who appeared in the science fiction film "Ender's Game" with Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley, looked beautiful in a Tadashi dress as she presented the SWCRF Fashion Cares Award to Tadashi Shoji. Ms. Powell shared her family's experience losing her father to cancer. Tadashi, whose two brothers are cancer survivors, stressed the need for cancer research in his acceptance speech.

Samantha Santiago of Bank of America received a surprise award for her many years of contributions toward the Waxman Gala's ongoing success. Afterward, the audience viewed a powerful video with commentary from Dr. Waxman, SWCRF board member Howard Kurz and Doris Germain, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Hematology and Medical Oncology at Mount Sinai. The SWCRF's goal to develop less toxic treatments for patients was movingly depicted in footage featuring Mike Burkhardt, a 28-year-old brain cancer patient and father of two toddlers whose brave struggle with the disease has been documented at the Waxman Gala over the past few years.

Hugh Hildesley presided over an exciting live auction offering a diverse range of coveted items for bid that included a five-night stay on a luxury yacht, a vacation at GoldenEye, the storied Jamaica getaway of Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond novels, and an adorable White Golden Retrieiver puppy, among others. The night closed on a literal high note when Train, headed by lead singer Patrick Monahan, took the stage. The band treated guests to a string of their popular tunes and covers of classic rock hits that had audience members hopping on stage to celebrate the evening's good work for cancer research.

To see more photos from the event, visit the Collaborating for a Cure gallery here.