“Not bad for two girls from the Midwest,” Cindy Crawford reminisced as she presented her friend for three-plus decades, Sonia Kashuk, with the Beauty of Giving award at Cosmetic Executive Women’s (CEW) annual Beauty of Giving lunch, held at the Waldorf-Astoria on Friday. More than 650 people attended the luncheon.
Crawford noted that she and Kashuk met in Chicago when Crawford was a fledgling model and Kashuk was a beginning makeup artist. When Kashuk headed to New York City, Crawford followed. “I crashed on the couch at her studio apartment, and we would share our days over this wonderful new food we had discovered — sushi,” Crawford said with a laugh.
When Kashuk was diagnosed with breast cancer, Crawford said, her longtime friend handled it with her signature strength. “Anyone who knows Sonia knows she’s a tough cookie, and that’s how she approached breast cancer,” said Crawford, who lost a brother to leukemia as a child. “Sonia has shown me that part of her healing is giving back.”
For her part — after a standing ovation — Kashuk thanked Target for giving her “the most beautiful opportunity,” her 17-year-old daughter Sayde, saying, “I love you forever and always and I’m so proud of you,” and Crawford for her longstanding friendship and support. Kashuk is a member of the CEW Foundation board of directors and, with Crawford, a co-spokeswoman for the annual QVC & CEW Present Beauty With Benefits program.
Seven live auction items raised $59,500, with a dinner for six at Rao’s Restaurant garnering the highest bid of the day at $13,000. A spirited Fund-a-Need — cash contributions to the cause — followed, started by a $15,000 donation from Kashuk and a $10,000 gift from Target. It raised more than $115,000 for the cause.
“The CEW Foundation is privileged to have industry leaders such as Sonia Kashuk provide such strong support for Cancer and Careers,” said Kate Sweeney, executive director of the CEW Foundation. “As a breast cancer survivor, Sonia has lent her voice, passion and resources to help make Cancer and Careers the workplace authority it is today.”