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Elton Contributes to BCRF Gala From Afar

Written by Chief Editor.

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation's latest Hot Pink Party raised nearly $6 million.

At Park Avenue Armory on Manhattan's Upper East Side, nearly 1,000 guests turned out for the event, cochaired by Victoria Beckham.

“Communicating with women [and] empowering women is why I’m doing this,” Beckham stated.

Her friend, Elton, normally performs at the fundraiser, but he's still recovering from an infection. So this year, John Mellencamp took the stage. However, the musician sent video greetings, and donated $50,000, which was later matched by an attendee. The highest ticket item of the evening was a Pat Steir Waterfall painting that went for $300,000.

Vera Wang, an event regular, spoke of her friendship with late BCRF cofounder Evelyn Lauder. “Any time I needed her help on an event or anything, she was the person to come in and help,” she said. “This was her cause. She did more for breast cancer research than anyone I know.”