Celebs don pink for worthy cause

Saturday’s 8th Annual Pink Party for Cedars-Sinai Women’s Cancer Program raised over $1.6 million, but for fete host Michelle Pfeiffer, the event had a personal edge.

“I wanted to honor one of my best friends for being an inspiration and striving to live and outsmart the inisidious nature of ovarian cancer,” Pfeiffer told Variety. “I hope my participation in the Pink Party will help raise awareness to early detection of all women’s cancers, but specifically ovarian cancer.”

Since the party’s inception in 2005, event, founded by fashion stylist and buyer Elyse Walker, has raised almost $8 million total.

“I first met Elyse and her team 13 years ago when her boutique opened,” Pfeiffer said. “Over the years I’ve watched the Pink Party grow from a little in store event in Pacific Palisades where I used to live to one of Cedars-Sinai’s biggest women’s cancer fundraisers. Elyse asked for my participation because we both share a common bond of having someone close to us with ovarian cancer. I was happy to lend my support to the research of Dr. Beth Karlan.”

Walker herself is surrounded by a celeb support system more than willing to join the Pink Party fundraising efforts.

“I always ask my celebrity clientele from the store if they would help participate,” Walker told Variety. “Everyone of them has been touched by cancer and they want to give back — they realize the importance of philanthropy and doing something
good within the community.”


Dr. Beth Karlan, Elyse Walker

This year’s event in Santa Monica brought out famous femme faces including Leslie Mann, Marcia Cross, Maria Menounos and Olivia Munn, but men of the showbiz world made appearances too, including JJ Abrams, Judd Apatow and Pfeiffer’s husband, David E. Kelly. Fashion-foward event included a runway show featuring designers like Chloe, J.Mendel, Valentino, and Stella McCartney.

“The Pink Party is a celebration of life!” Pfeiffer remarked, emphasizing it as a stand out event compared to the bounty of other fundraising dinners sprinkled throughout the year. “It isn’t a sit down dinner with speeches but more of a party with a great fashion show. It combines fashion, friendship and philanthropy in a casual, fun setting.”

Stylin’ fun aside, Pfeiffer hopes the event will keep cancer detection in the forefront of women’s minds moving foward: “So many women
today still do not know the early symptoms. I am just trying to help spread the
word and educate women,” she said.

For more info on the Cedars-Sinai WCP, click here.

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