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NEW YORK — The Dream Ball is back.
After being postponed, then canceled in the aftermath of the World Trade Center disaster last year, the cosmetics industry’s fall black-tie fund-raising event was revisited this week.
Tuesday night’s 18th annual Dream Ball drew 640 executives and honored Joseph Horowitz, president and chief executive of Groupe Clarins USA, and Carlotta Jacobson, president of Cosmetic Executive Women. The event raised $1.65 million in pledges for Look Good Feel Better, a program conducted by the American Cancer Society, Cosmetic Toiletry and Fragrance Association and the National Cosmetology Association.
Last year, 621 tickets were sold for the Dream Ball but, upon its cancellation, the event’s $200,000 budget was donated to the New York State World Trade Center Relief Fund and the $2.6 million raised last year was donated as planned.
“Being honored by people I hold in such high regard is both humbling and flattering,” Jacobson said Tuesday. “I’m proud to support an industry that helps benefit women just where they need it the most.”
Look Good Feel Better, whose mission is to help women with cancer feel good about themselves by offering assistance with their appearance, “showers grace on our industry,” Horowitz said. “It has a meaningful impact on the lives of thousands.”
Dream Ball chairman Rita Mangan, who is senior vice president of cosmetics for Federated Merchandising Group, noted in a speech that $22 million has been raised since 1985. And 300,000 women have been aided since the Look Good Feel Better initiative began in 1989.
Other notable guests included Catherine Zeta-Jones, who acts as Elizabeth Arden’s spokeswoman, and hip-hop recording artist Ashanti, who had executives waving their hands in the air during a performance that wrapped up the evening’s official proceedings.