The 24th Annual Awards Dinner of the Cancer Research Institute was held the evening of June 16, 2010, at the Mandarin Oriental in New York City, celebrated top American fashion designer Michael Kors, who received the 2010 Oliver R. Grace Award for Distinguished Service in Advancing Cancer Research for his commitment to promoting awareness and raising funds for cancer research. Also receiving the 2010 Grace Award was Andrew Witty, chief executive of GlaxoSmithKline, one of the world’s largest research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies.
The dinner also featured presentations of the William B. Coley Award for Distinguished Research in Tumor Immunology to three scientists—Haruo Ohtani, Wolf Hervé Fridman, and Jérôme Galon—whose seminal contributions to tumor immunology have significantly advanced the development of immune system-based treatments for cancer, especially T-cell based therapeutic cancer vaccines.
The event raised $721,000 for CRI. In attendance were event co-chairs and presenters Joan Allen, Don Gogel, Kunle Odunsi, M.D. Ph.D., Andy Paul, Robert Schreiber, Ph.D., Paul Sekhri, and Lauren Veronis, along with John Idol, chief executive officer of Michael Kors Inc., and Moncef M. Slaoui, chairman of Research & Development at GlaxoSmithKline. Alex Witt, MSNBC anchor and correspondent, emceed the event.
Photos from the event can be seen here.