For members of the beauty industry, nothing says holiday good tidings like the CEW (Cosmetic Executive Women) Foundation Beauty of Giving Luncheon. The annual event brings members of the industry together to celebrate the season, but even better, to raise money for Cancer and Careers, the leading support organization for women and men undergoing cancer treatment, while continuing to work and maintain their careers. Founded by CEW in 2001, Cancer and Careers is “considered the leader in the field,” said Carlotta Jacobson, president of CEW.
“The second question that patients ask after being diagnosed with cancer is ‘how am I going to continue to work,’” Jacobson said during her remarks at the luncheon, which was held at the Waldorf Astoria ballroom on December 13, 2013. Cancer and Careers’ free services include expert advice, interactive tools, and educational events. At the luncheon, Heidi Manheimer, CEO of Shiseido Cosmetics America, was named as the new chairman of the CEW Foundation, succeeding Gina Drosos, president of Assurex Health.
L’Oreal Paris’ Karen Fondu, Self‘s Laura McEwen, L’Oreal USA’s Carol Hamilton and Frederic Roze, CEW’s Carlotta Jacobson, and CEW Foundation’s Kate Sweeney.
L’Oreal USA, a long time supporter of Cancer and Careers, received the foundation’s Beauty of Giving Award for Uniting Business and Benevolence. “With outstanding generosity and partnership across all of Cancer and Careers’ programs, events, and cause marketing initiatives, L’Oreal USA is a shining example of corporate citizenry and philanthropy,” said Jacobson. Frederic Roze, president and CEO of L’Oreal Americas, accepted the award.
The luncheon closed with the traditional live auction to benefit Cancer and Careers. Lots included getaways to Antiqua, Jamaica, Nantucket, the Maldives and the Riviera Maya. Allure magazine also contributed an inclusive trip to the Grammy Awards. In total, the auction raised $520,125 for Cancer and Careers.