REVLON, FIRMENICH HONORED AT DREAMBALL
Byline: Julie Naughton
NEW YORK — “I am proud to work for a company that shows us how caring is another expression of beauty,” said Revlon supermodel Cindy Crawford, addressing the crowd at Wednesday night’s DreamBall at the Waldorf-Astoria.
For 15 years, the event has benefited the American Cancer Society and for a decade, it has supported the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association’s Look Good+Feel Better program.
“Tonight is important because it also reflects the spirit and heart behind all of our businesses,” said George Fellows, president and chief executive officer of Revlon. Revlon and Patrick Firmenich, corporate vice president of fine fragrances for Firmenich, were the evening’s honorees.
“Beyond the glamour, sleek advertising and innovative products, we are, above all, human,” continued Fellows. “Together — not as competitors, but as partners in this worthy fight — we can, and have, made a difference. Congratulations to each and every one of you. We are proud to be a part of this industry and to accept this award from all of you.”
Fellows spoke about how the program has helped more than 250,000 women — including Carol Udycz, who was at the event.
“For a woman like Carol, the science cannot move fast enough,” said Fellows. “For millions like her, the biggest obstacle may be just getting through the day with confidence and dignity. That’s where a program like Look Good…Feel Better comes in. It closes that gap between science and the individual.”
Udycz herself reminded the crowd of the importance of the program.
“I went to the Look Good…Feel Better program at the Cleveland Clinic,” she said. “Initially, we were all quite shy — looking each other up and down — kind of comparing levels of baldness. Now that’s a unique rating scale; we immediately bonded. There was myself, my friend Carol who was also undergoing cancer treatment and three other women…The cosmetologists were wonderful. We learned about skin care, how to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative, and how to deal with hair loss using wigs, turbans and hats. It was as though we were teenagers again. We were all laughing so hard we ended up crying, or maybe we were crying so hard we ended up laughing. “Carol, my friend, died last year,” said Udycz, choking back tears. “Carol always loved bright red lipstick, something she learned about in Look Good…Feel Better. Every time I see an ad with bright-colored lipstick, I think of my friend Carol and I smile.”
“Maybe, one day, this program will be extended on a worldwide basis,” said Firmenich. “Many women of my own family have been affected by cancer: my grandmother, my aunt, my stepmother and my own mother — and all of them would have certainly felt so much better if they had had the chance to go through such a program.”
This year’s event has brought in $2.1 million so far; organizers say that more contributions are coming and the event is expected to roughly approximate last year’s total of $2.3 million. Wednesday’s attendance stood at 713, comparable to last year’s 754.