The Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation’s luncheon “purse-sued” a cure
Co-chairs of the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation’s luncheon — Andrea Gordon, Michelle Friedman and Ashley Hemphill-Netzky — proved on Oct. 17 that they know how to draw a crowd. For the seventh annual “Purse-sue the Cure” event, 800 guests filled the grand ballroom of the Hilton Chicago (720 S. Michigan). Attendees fawned over — and bid on — 150 up-for-auction bags by designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga and Chanel, plus a coveted, limited-edition black crocodile Hermès Birkin (only one is made every two years). Also dazzling guests were actress and supermodel Brooke Shields, who delivered the keynote speech, and Sun-Times columnist Bill Zwecker, who emceed and encouraged guests to pull out their pocketbooks for the cause. Proceeds from the luncheon, which contribute to the $27 million the LSCRF has raised in 27 years, will benefit breast cancer research, fellowships and education programs at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University.
The Sun-Times was the media sponsor of this event. The Sun-Times Foundation and the Chicago Community Trust will match donations to Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation up to a total of $10,000, now through December 17, 2012. Donate now here.
Story by Katerina Bizios | Photos by Ramzi Dreessen