BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Nicole Kidman will be
honored by the Women's Cancer Research Fund, a program of the Entertainment
Industry Foundation (EIF), with the event's honorary chairs Rita Wilson and
Tom Hanks and Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg, at "Saks Fifth Avenue's
Unforgettable Evening" being held at the Regent Beverly Wilshire on Monday,
March 1st, 2004, starting at 7:00 PM.
"Saks Fifth Avenue's Unforgettable Evening" was established to raise money
for women's cancer research, and recognize one individual for his or her
unwavering commitment to the cause. Ms. Kidman will receive the "2004 Courage
Award" on behalf of her work to further women's health issues. In 2003, she
served as an EIF ambassador for Saks Fifth Avenue's "Key to the Cure
Initiative," appearing in a nationwide public service announcement to raise
funding and awareness for women's cancers. Ms. Kidman also serves as the
first Board Chair of the Women's Health Fund at UCLA. Working on behalf of
the David Geffen School of Medicine, her participation has been vital in
raising funds for women's health programs and clinical research. Ms. Kidman
also has a special connection to her work, her mother is a breast cancer
survivor. Past recipients of this prestigious award include: Anne Douglas,
Rosie O'Donnell, Rita Wilson, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sir Elton John,
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas, and Stella McCartney.
This year marks a new chapter for the event co-chairs, Anne Douglas, Quinn
Ezralow, Marion Laurie, Kelly Meyer, and Jamie Tisch as they launch the
Women's Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), a national initiative that supports
innovative research, education and outreach directed at developing more
effective approaches to the early diagnosis, treatment and prevention of all
women's cancers. This initiative has been established through Hollywood's
charitable arm, the Entertainment Industry Foundation, as a donor-advised fund
with the purpose of raising funds to fast-track science and awareness to help
millions of women at-risk of, or affected by cancer.
Additionally, WCRF has brought together some of the most renowned
scientists in the world, including four Nobel Laureates, to advance
leading-edge science in cancer prevention. WCRF's first collective project,
the WCRF Biomarker Discovery Project, aims to identify and develop the most
effective technology for molecular diagnostics. This project opens an
unprecedented opportunity to develop a new science of diagnostics, which could
largely eliminate cancer as a cause of death by early detection and
localization for surgical intervention.
Money raised from "Saks Fifth Avenue's Unforgettable Evening" will support
scientists who are part of the WCRF Biomarker Discovery Project. The event
will also support research being conducted at medical institutes in the Los
Angeles area. Local WCRF beneficiaries include continued support of
Cedars-Sinai Research for Women's Cancers in addition to UCLA and USC-Norris
Comprehensive Cancer Center.
As the philanthropic nucleus of the entertainment industry, EIF has
distributed hundreds of millions of dollars -- and provided countless
volunteer hours -- to support charitable initiatives addressing some of the
most critical issues facing society today.