Louise and Vince Camuto

The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation will host its 19th Annual Benefit Dinner & Auction, honoring footwear industry icon Vince Camuto and featuring a musical performance by the legendary Roger Daltrey of The Who on Thursday, November 10th, 2016, at Cipriani Wall Street. The event will mark the fortieth anniversary of the founding of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) by noted oncologist Samuel Waxman, M.D. and will introduce the SWCRF Vince Camuto Memorial Cancer Research Program in honor of Vince Camuto, founder of Camuto Group, who passed away of prostate cancer in 2015. Louise Camuto, Chief Creative Officer of Camuto Group, will accept the honor in memory of her husband.

The evening will be hosted by Chris Wragge, co-anchor of CBS 2 News This Morning, as master of ceremonies. The evening’s much-anticipated live and silent auctions will offer guests the opportunity to bid on an exciting selection of exclusive items.

Known affectionately by New Yorkers as “The Waxman,” this yearly fête is considered to be among the top fundraising events in New York City, attended by more than 1,200 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. Past celebrity performers have included Ziggy Marley, Train, Peter Frampton, Gregg Allman, Kid Rock, Steely Dan, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Sheryl Crow, John Fogerty, and Counting Crows.


About Louise & Vince Camuto 

A pioneer of the 20th century footwear industry and co-founder of Nine West, Vince Camuto (1936-2015) is credited with revolutionizing America’s affordable fashion footwear market.  In 2001, Vince founded Camuto Group as a retail resource for the design, development and distribution of women’s fashion footwear. Over the next 14 years he grew the company, acquired licenses and partners, introduced brands and built Camuto Group into a global business. 

Louise Camuto is the Chief Creative Officer of Camuto Group, managing design direction across more than 35 categories for all Camuto Group brands.   In 2002, Louise established Camuto Group’s marketing department. She was appointed President of Marketing in 2004 and promoted to Creative Director of the Vince Camuto brand in 2011.  In 2013, Louise launched Louise et Cie footwear, handbags and accessories collections and was inducted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) in 2015. 

Vince was, and Louise remains, an avid philanthropist, with special interest in charities that benefit women, children and families. A board member for the Two Ten Foundation, Louise also supports St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and FFANY Shoes on Sale breast cancer research. 


About Roger Daltrey 

Roger Daltrey

If any one member of The Who can be said to be the group’s founding member it is singer Roger Daltrey, who was born in the West London suburb of Shepherd’s Bush on March 1, 1944. Roger first assembled the group that would become The Who in 1959 while at Acton County School. 

Roger assumed the title role in Ken Russell’s movie adaptation of the rock opera “Tommy” in 1975, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination. This in turn led Roger to develop a concurrent career as a film actor while continuing to sing with The Who. Other film credits over the years include Ken Russell’s “Lizstomania,” the title role in “McVicar,” “Lightning Jack" with Paul Hogan, "Teen Agent," and numerous roles in TV dramas. Most recently he appeared in the U.S. CBS TV show “C.S.I." – which uses Who songs as theme music - as five separate, differently made-up characters, one of them a middle-aged African-American woman. Other U.S. TV appearances include “Lois & Clark” (Superman), “Midnight Caller,” “William Tell," “Sliders" and "Highlander" as well as Leprechauns for Celtic Leprechaun Ltd and The Bill, the long-running UK TV police drama. He has also narrated a series for the History Channel, undergoing extreme hardships similar to those faced by pioneering settlers in America and elsewhere.

As well as being one of the original supporters of Nordoff Robbins, The Who have raised many millions for a multitude of charities throughout their career. Since 2000 Roger has been a patron of the Teenage Cancer Trust, a charity that builds specialized wards for teenagers with cancer in the UK. That year, Roger had the idea of setting up the first show at the Royal Albert Hall by ‘The Who & Friends', with ticket sales and revenue from a DVD and CD raising over £1.2 million, and as a result Roger was given a Humanitarian Award in 2003 from Time magazine. In February 2005, Roger was awarded a CBE by the Queen at Buckingham Palace for his services to music and good causes.