The 14th annual Saks Fifth Avenue Key to the Cure Kickoff event on Wednesday, October 17th, attracted over 400 hundred party-goers who came together in the spirit of fun and giving. Chairing the 2012 party are Elizabeth and Gary Petersen, Joyce and High Echols and Susan and Mike Plank. During the event, held at Saks Fifth Avenue, Houston Galleria, guests purchased the annual — and collectible — Key to The Cure T-shirt, designed this year by CancerForward supporter and acclaimed designer Carolina Herrera, still on sale with the full price ($35) going to the nonprofit. Guests enjoyed cocktails, food from restaurants including Ra Sushi, Straits, Brio Tuscan Grill, Dolce Delights and Latin Bites, as well as live jazz music performed by Julie Johnson. This kickoff event was also the start of the Saks Fifth Avenue Key to the Cure Charity Shopping Weekend, which began Wednesday, October 17th at 6:00 pm and continues through tomorrow, Sunday October 21st, from which Saks Fifth Avenue will donate 2% of all sales to CancerForward.
At the Saks Fifth Avenue Key To The Cure Kickoff event, twelve civic and business leaders, who are also diagnosed cancer survivors, were honored during the evening as CancerForward 2012 Forward Movers. Saks Fifth Avenue President, Ron Frasch, was on hand to greet stage, screen, television actress and three-time cancer survivor Tracy Nelson, who received CancerForward’s Flash Forward Mover Award. CancerForward also honored The H. Rudy Teichman Family with its first annual Anchor of Strength Award, established to shine light on caregivers, the oft-overlooked population who attend the physical, emotional, and practical needs of diagnosed survivors.
CancerForward: The Foundation for Cancer Survivors™ is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to connect, educate and share information among cancer survivors, empowering them to improve their lives. Available free to survivors of all cancer types and all ages, CancerForward provides web-based networking and educational resources to cancer survivors, their families, friends and caregivers. The Survivor Network on CancerForward is a virtual cancer support community where survivors can share experiential information about disease-specific issues as well as physical, emotional and practical living issues. The Foundation also funds programs dedicated to cancer survivorship planning and cancer rehabilitation. For more information on CancerForward, please visit http://www.cancerforward.org.
About Saks Fifth Avenue
Saks Fifth Avenue, one of the world’s preeminent specialty retailers, is renowned for its superlative American and international designer collections, its expertly edited assortment of handbags, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics and gifts, and the first-rate fashion expertise and exemplary client service of its Associates. Today, Saks operates 45 full-line stores in 20 states, 2 licensed stores in the Middle East and 2 licensed stores in Mexico City, 61 Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH stores and saks.com, the company’s online store.
Saks Fifth Avenue is proud to be named a J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Customer Service Champion and is only one of 50 U.S. companies so named. For more information, visit http://www.saks.com.