Bala Cynwyd, PA – Saks Fifth Avenue in Bala
Cynwyd, PA, will host its annual KEY TO THE CURE Charity
Shopping Weekend from Thursday, October 27, through Saturday, October
29, 2005. The three-day initiative raises money for breast and gynecological
cancers with a series of special events, auctions, t-shirts, raffles,
and, of course – shopping. Saks Fifth Avenue will donate five
percent of sales from this weekend to breastcancer.org and the Abramson
Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania.
KEY TO THE CURE is a national program founded by Saks Fifth
Avenue in partnership with the Entertainment Industry Foundation
(EIF) and its Women’s Cancer Research Fund. Partnering with
Saks and EIF is Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA). National ambassador for
the 2005 campaign is Academy Award-winning actress Hilary Swank.
“Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center is honored to again participate
in this year’s KEY TO THE CURE with Saks Fifth Avenue,”
said John H. Glick, MD, Director of the Abramson
Cancer Center and breast cancer specialist . “This partnership
has helped support leading edge research in cancers that affect
women, and has provided hope to our patients and their families.
We look forward to advancing new prevention, diagnosis and treatment
methods as a result of the generous support from Saks Fifth Avenue
and the KEY TO THE CURE event.”
Locally, Saks Fifth Avenue, located at Two Bala Plaza in Bala Cynwyd,
has planned an exciting weekend filled with parties, auctions, fashion
and trunk shows, and more. A kick-off reception, open to the public,
will be held at the store on Thursday evening, October 27th, from
6:00 to 9:00 PM.
This “Around the World” Kick-Off Extravaganza will
feature fine food and cocktails, along with a live auction and the
KEY TO THE COAT – a chance to win a gorgeous $6,000
designer shearling coat from Saks Fifth Avenue.
Visitors to Saks during the KEY TO THE CURE will have the
opportunity to make additional donations to the cause by entering
the Pick Your Prize raffle, purchasing a limited edition KEY
TO THE CURE T-shirt designed by Diane Von Furstenberg, or purchasing
one-of-a-kind fashion items created by local design students. On
Friday, October 28th, visitors can enjoy complementary events and
surprises throughout the store. Saturday features a Breast Cancer
Survivors’ Fashion Show and Tea at 2:00 PM.
“Breastcancer.org is thrilled to partner with Saks Fifth Avenue
and the Abramson Cancer Center, to make new friends and raise critical
funds to support our 24/7 lifeline to the best medical information
about breast cancer for people worldwide,” said Marisa Weiss,
MD, Founder and Director of breastcancer.org. "Through this
KEY TO THE CURE partnership, we can collectively make an
even bigger difference in the lives of all individuals concerned
with breast cancer.”
The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania
was established in 1973 as a center of excellence in cancer
research, patient care, education and outreach. It is one of a select
group of only 39 NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in
the United States and is one of the top five in National Cancer
Institute (NCI) funding. Home to one of the largest clinical and
research programs in the world, the Abramson Cancer Center of the
University of Pennsylvania has 300 active cancer researchers and
300 full-time Penn physicians involved in cancer prevention, diagnosis
and treatment. For more information about specific types of cancer,
cancer treatment, clinical trials, and research advances, visit
the Abramson Cancer Center’s resource on www.penncaner.org
or OncoLink at www.oncolink.org.
is to help women and their loved ones make sense of the complex
medical and personal information about breast cancer so they can
make the best decisions for their lives. breastcancer.org empowers
women to communicate with their doctors and take an active part
in their treatment. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week,
breastcancer.org offers reliable, complete and up-to-date medical
information as well as a vibrant online community that includes
discussion boards and weekly online chats with leading breast cancer
experts. For additional information, please visit www.breastcancer.org.
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