Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation to honor Cushnie et Ochs at 17th Annual Collaborating for a Cure Gala Fundraiser

Ziggy Marley to be featured guest performer


The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation will celebrate its 17th Annual Benefit Dinner & Auction, honoring fashion designers Cushnie et Ochs on Thursday, December 4, 2014, at Cipriani Wall Street. The event will have an especially festive tone thanks to the participation of reggae superstar Ziggy Marley, who will be the featured musical performer. WCBS-TV news anchor Chris Wragge will again serve as master of ceremonies.

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 Train, Peter Frampton, Gregg Allman, Kid Rock, Steely Dan, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Sheryl Crow, John Fogerty, and Counting Crows.

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Established in 2008 by Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs, Cushnie et Ochs embodies a unique sensibility that seamlessly combines bold sensuality with a raw feminine attitude that is confidently understated and luxuriously modern. The designers’ inherent understanding of the female body informs their body-contouring silhouettes while celebrating the women who wear them. The striking collection speaks to the new modern woman who owns her individuality. This definitive aesthetic has gained the 2009 Ecco Domani Award, and has made them finalists for the 2011 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, and nominees for the 2013 CFDA Swarovski Award. Their dresses have become a favorite on the red carpet, dressing an array of women like Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Alba, Rihanna, and the First Lady Michelle Obama. The collection is sold in more than 50 stores worldwide and supports domestic manufacturing in New York City. For more information visit



A six-time Grammy winner, Emmy Winner, humanitarian, singer, songwriter and producer, Ziggy Marley has released twelve albums to much critical acclaim. His early immersion in music came at age ten when he sat in on recording sessions with his father, Bob Marley. As front man to Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers, the group released eight best-selling albums that garnered three Grammys, with such chart-topping hits as "Look Who’s Dancing," "Tomorrow People" and "Tumbling Down." Ziggy's first solo album, Dragonfly (RCA Records), was released in 2003. His second solo release, Love is My Religion (Tuff Gong Worldwide), won a Grammy in 2006 for “Best Reggae Album.” His 2012 live album “Ziggy Marley In Concert,” recently earned him his 6th Grammy award for “Best Reggae Album.”



The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation is an international organization dedicated to curing and preventing cancer. The Foundation is a pioneer in cancer research and its mission is to eradicate cancer by funding cutting-edge research that identifies and corrects abnormal gene function that causes cancer and develops minimally toxic treatments for patients. Through the Foundation’s collaborative group of world-class scientists, the Institute Without Walls, investigators share information and tools to speed the pace of cancer research. Since its inception in 1976, the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation has awarded more than $85 million to support the work of more than 200 researchers around the globe.