Guitar legends Warren Haynes, Peter Frampton and Gregg Allman perform at the Collaborating for a Cure benefit auction.
NEW YORK - Under the inspired leadership of the eponymous Samuel Waxman, the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation has for the past 15 years funded research for the prevention and cure of cancer, spending $80 million and funding more than 200 researchers around the globe.
Their fundraising prescription is straightforward. Led by their ebullient Chairman, Michael Nierenberg, and assisted by the event planner extraordinaire, Robin Lathrop, the organization gathers 1,000 guests at the Park Avenue Armory, offers them copious and exotic drinks, feeds them a great meal, entertains them with ear-shattering rock music, sells them one-of-a-kind trips and opportunities, and then – asks them for more money to fund one of eight distinct cancer research programs of their choice.
On Thursday, November 15, the crowd gathered in the cavernous drill hall, transformed by brilliant stage-lighting and, having raised an unprecedented $4.1 million for the cause, celebrated to the sounds of Peter Frampton, Warren Haynes and Gregg Allman, all three of whom donated signed guitars to the live auction, in which a private yacht cruise in the Abacos Islands sold for $175,000.
Of all the benefit events that this auctioneer experiences, there is none that appears to be having such spectacular fun for such a vital endeavor – a winning combination.