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The L'Oreal Legends Gala Raised Over $4.3 Million to Benefit The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF)

Submitted by: L'Oreal

Categories: Philanthropy & Corporate Contributions, Corporate Social Responsibility

Posted: Nov 11, 2008 – 04:14 PM EST


The evening honored Sherry Lansing, Richard Baker, and Mindy and Jonathan Gray.

Nov. 11 /CSRwire/ - NEW YORK, NY. - November 11, 2008 - The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) and L'Oreal Paris hosted the L'Oreal Legends Gala on November 10th at the American Museum of Natural History. This glamorous evening united the beauty, fashion, finance and media industries behind the important cause and together raised over $4.3 million toward the much-needed funds for ovarian cancer research.

Sherry Lansing, Founder of The Sherry Lansing Foundation and Board Member of "Stand Up To Cancer", and Richard A. Baker, Chief Executive Officer of NRDC Equity Partners, was honored with The OCRF Legends Award. OCRF Board Member Mindy Gray and Jonathan Gray, Senior Managing Director, The Blackstone Group, were honored with The Liz Tilberis Humanitarian Award. Visit www.lorealcolorofhope.com to read more information about the evening’s honorees and all that L'Oreal Paris has accomplished with the help of their spokespeople since 1997.

The beautiful gala included a cocktail reception and luxury silent auction curated by Town&Country magazine. Dinner and entertainment followed thereafter, and the program included appearances by L'Oreal Paris spokespeople Linda Evangelista, Dayle Haddon, Milla Jovovich, Diane Keaton, Andie MacDowell and Kerry Washington. World-renowned violinist, Vanessa-Mae, gave an enchanted performance after dinner.

In 1997, L'Oreal Paris made a long-term commitment to advance research, increase awareness and ultimately find a cure for ovarian cancer offering hope to women afflicted with this disease. The L'Oreal Legends Gala is an evening dedicated to hope, and it is also an opportunity to recognize the individuals who have been instrumental in the fight against ovarian cancer. For more information, visit www.lorealcolorofhope.com

"L'Oreal Paris is deeply committed to raising critical funds and awareness for ovarian cancer," remarked Karen Fondu, President, L'Oreal Paris USA. "Throughout our 11 year history as the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund's committed philanthropic partner, we have helped to raise more than $18 million for awareness and research and are the leading corporate supporters of ovarian cancer research. Events such as the L'Oreal Legends Gala continue our dedication to awareness building and fundraising that help to bring much needed attention to ovarian cancer."

"OCRF is thrilled to have honored four extraordinary individuals who are so admired for their personal and professional achievements at this year’s Gala", said Faith Kates Kogan, President of OCRF. "The evening was also an opportunity to celebrate the triumphs and accomplishments of OCRF, which is leading the fight against ovarian cancer and funding the most promising research in the country. We are grateful to L'Oreal Paris for their generous sponsorship and are honored to work with them in our quest to eradicate ovarian cancer."

About L'Oreal Paris
The L'Oreal Paris Brand Division of L'Oreal USA, Inc. is a total beauty care company that combines the latest in technology with the highest in quality for the ultimate in luxury beauty at mass. L'Oreal Paris is dedicated to women around the world and the company has been inspired to give back and make a difference in their lives. In 1997, L'Oreal Paris made a long-term commitment to raising awareness for ovarian cancer, which continues to build. To date, L'Oreal Paris has helped raise over $18 million dollars to further research and build awareness with fundraising efforts such as the L'Oreal Legends Gala and L'Oreal's annual "Color of Hope" cosmetic and jewelry collections. www.lorealcolorofhope.com

About Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF)
The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund was founded in 1994. Its mission is to fund research into early detection and ultimately a cure for ovarian cancer. In support of its mission, OCRF assists patients and their loved ones to understand the disease and its treatment, and provides outreach programs to raise public awareness of ovarian cancer.

Funding for research is directed through the OCRF Scientific Advisory Committee, a group of 11 of the leading gynecologic oncologists and researchers in the United States. They review and make recommendations for funding four high-impact grant programs. Since 1998, OCRF has awarded over $28 million in grants to 128 of the brightest women and men working in the field of cancer research at over 40 of the leading medical centers in the United States. For more information, please visit www.ocrf.org.

For more information, please contact:

Tara Madden Clifford|Bratskeir Public Relations
Phone: 212-358-0800


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