Monday, April 28, The Waldorf Astoria
“We are going to rid the world of this dread disease,” Leonard A. Lauder said to a packed ballroom at the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s annual Hot Pink Party, which raised more than $5.4 million. “Evelyn Lauder was a philanthropic force to be reckoned with,” said Sir Elton John, who has performed at BCRF galas for more than a decade. “She was a dear friend, and I am proud to keep her extraordinary legacy alive.” John recruited Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles for the musical part of the evening and Elizabeth Hurley, another loyal supporter, served as emcee. The BCRF, founded by the late Evelyn Lauder in 1993, has to date raised more than $480 million to fund breast-cancer research.