NEW YORK — “I’m really overwhelmed to see so many friends and colleagues from so many parts of my life,” Stephen I. Sadove, Saks Fifth Avenue’s chairman and chief executive, told the sold-out crowd at the Pierre Hotel Tuesday for the record-breaking $1.2 million fund-raiser to support Hazelden, a national nonprofit organization devoted to helping people recover from drug and alcohol addiction.
Sadove was honored at the event with The William D. Hassett Distinguished Leadership Award.
Among those in the crowd of 700 plus were former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker, and from the fashion industry, Rose Marie Bravo, Brad Martin, Vera Wang, Eugenia Ulasewicz, David and Sybil Yurman, Jay Strongwater, Peter Som, Josie Natori, Diane Levbarg, Haresh Tharani, John Pomerantz, and Abbey and Valerie Doneger.
Judy Collins spoke of her own battle with alcohol abuse, her father’s, and of her son, who committed suicide as a direct result of addiction. She sang “Both Sides Now” and “Send in the Clowns,” and got the crowd singing “Cat’s in the Cradle.” Bill Moyers, the emcee, read excerpts from his son’s autobiographical book “Broken” that recounted his struggle with addiction and how Hazelden helped. “I would be dead without that experience,” his son wrote.
“I was stunned by how many people came up to me and told me they had a child in Hazelden or they had their own addiction issues,” said Sadove, who has been supporting Hazelden for over 15 years and has been a member of Hazelden’s New York board. Also honored were Sue and Jim Cusack, founders of the Veritas Villa treatment facility in New York.