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Through The Kitchen Benefit Salutes Famous Women Of America, Raises Record $1 Million For Cancer Research Institute

NEW YORK (Apr. 22, 2013) – Last night, New York City’s business, politics, media, and philanthropy elite came together at The Four Seasons restaurant for the 31st annual “Through the Kitchen” benefit for the Cancer Research Institute (CRI). This is the only event for which The Four Seasons closes to the public and invites guests to walk through its world renowned kitchen. More than 300 guests donned aprons and sampled dishes named for iconic women before making their way to the Pool Room featuring 28 elaborately decorated tables representing famous women of America past and present, from Pocahontas to Elizabeth Taylor. The event raised $1 million to benefit CRI’s Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.

“This truly is one of New York City’s most highly anticipated and memorable parties,” said Jill O’Donnell-Tormey, Ph.D., chief executive officer and director of scientific affairs for the Cancer Research Institute. “One of our trustees, Lauren Veronis, conceived of the idea 31 years ago, creating a unique event in a beautiful setting with some of the best food in NYC, all to raise money for an important cause.”

Some of the other featured “famous women of America” at last night’s party included Clara Barton, Betsy Ross, Billie Holiday, Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy, Betty Crocker, Judy Garland, Lucille Ball, Amelia Earhart, Bella Abzug, Shirley Temple, and Sally Ride, among others.

Since Through the Kitchen’s inception, the event has raised more than $9 million—half of that within the past five years alone—to fund promising young scientists focused on studying the immune system and its power to conquer cancer. Among the more than 1,200 fellows funded through the Cancer Research Institute’s Irvington Fellowship Program is one Nobel Prize winner and many current heads of major research centers and laboratories at top universities throughout the world. These scientists and doctors have made remarkable discoveries and have pioneered life-saving new treatments for cancer and other diseases.

Guests at last night’s party include NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Diana Taylor, Barbara Walters, Joy and Regis Philbin, New York Governor George Pataki, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Veronica Kelly, Susan and Tony Bennett, Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin, Elaine and Kenneth Langone, Jo Carole and Ronald Lauder, Virginia Coleman and Peter Duchin, Ambassador Ron Prosor, Jeannie and Herbert Siegel, Lally Weymouth and Joseph Cohen, Cece Cord and Maurice Sonnenberg, Joanne and Robert de Guardiola, Greg Kelly, Joel Klein and Nicole Seligman, Jennet and Steven Kroft, Cynthia McFadden, Deborah Norville and Karl Wellner, Cyrus and Peggy Vance, among many other notables.

Special thanks to event co-chairs Christine and John Fitzgibbons, Denise and Michael Kellen, Jamie Niven, Margaret and Andrew Paul, Perri Peltz and Eric Ruttenberg, Betsy and Paul Shiverick, Jeanne Sorensen Siegel, Heidi Ueberroth, and Lauren and John Veronis.

Photos available upon request.


About the Cancer Research Institute
The Cancer Research Institute (CRI), established in 1953, is the world’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to transforming cancer patient care by advancing scientific efforts to develop new and effective immune system-based strategies to prevent, diagnose, treat, and eventually cure all cancers. Guided by a world-renowned Scientific Advisory Council that includes three Nobel laureates and 26 members of the National Academy of Sciences, CRI has invested $336 million in support of research conducted by immunologists and tumor immunologists at the world’s leading medical centers and universities, and has contributed to many of the key scientific advances that demonstrate the potential for immunotherapy to change the face of cancer treatment. To learn more, go to

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