This February, Lauder family has been painting the town pink with their love of Palm Beach and spirit of generosity…

Leonard & Judy Lauder hosted a dinner at their historic home — previously owned by Mr. Lauder’s late mother the legendary Estée Lauder, for underwriters of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). Founded by Leonard’s late wife Evelyn H. Lauder, guests included Laura & Gary Lauder, Tom Ford, Bryan Rafanelli, Kinga Lampert, Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, Hillie Mahoney, Michele & Howard Kessler, Talbott Maxey, Laura & Harry Slatkin, Gigi & Harry Benson, Julie & Lawrence Schlager, and Myra Biblowit. 


The following day, William P. Lauder, executive chairman of the Estée Lauder Companies, presented the Evelyn H. Lauder Humanitarian Award to Michele & Howard Kessler at BCRF’s 19th annual Palm Beach Hot Pink Luncheon & Symposium at The Breakers. The event raised a record-breaking $1.8 million for breast cancer research.

BCRF Honorary Chairman Leonard A. Lauder welcomed guests saying, “It’s the greatest thrill to be in Palm Beach with so many friends in this room. I take joy in what we’ve achieved together, and it would mean so much to Evelyn to see you all here today.” He then asked everyone to come back to help celebrate his 100th birthday in a few years!

The Luncheon featured remarks by BCRF Founding Scientific Director Larry Norton, MD of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. The Symposium was moderated by BCRF’s Scientific Director Judy Garber, MD, MPH of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, with an esteemed panel, including Daniel Haber, MD, PhD of Massachusetts General Hospital and Hope Rugo, MD of University of California, San Francisco.

The afternoon’s success was made possible by the generous support of underwriters including: Donna & Bill Acquavella, Braman Motocars, Louise & David Braver Philanthropic Fund, Rita & Charles Bronfman, Florida Crystals, Ronnie Heyman, Michele & Howard Kessler, Lambert Family Foundation, Kinga & Edward Lampert, Judy & Leonard Lauder, William P. Lauder, The Ambrose Monell Foundation, Thomas C. Quick, Carrie & Chris Shumway, Jeanne Sorensen Siegel & Herbert J. Siegel, Laura & Harry Slatkin, Barbara Stovall Smith, Andrea & Steve Wynn, and UBS.

Aerin Founder & Creative Director Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer, author of Living Beautifully, and member of the Women’s Board Executive Committee of the Boy’s Club of New York, spoke with Interior Designer Victoria Hagan, author of Live Now, at the organization’s Palm Beach Luncheon at The Colony Hotel. Attended by approximately 200 of Palm Beach’s most stylish women, the event raised funds for BCNY’s innovative programming for New York City boys and young men.

Photo by Jamie Phillips/CAPEHART

Last month, William Lauder and his significant other Lori Kanter Tritsch hosted a luncheon at the Lauder residence for board members and friends of the The Fresh Air Fund of which William serves as Chairman of the Board. For more than 145 years, The Fresh Air Fund has provided life-changing summer experiences in the outdoors to children living in NYC’s underserved communities. They also expand opportunities for these children by investing in their journey to learn, grow and thrive through other new experiences such mentoring by graduate students in the University of Pennsylvania’s Weitzman School of Design.

Judy Glickman Lauder spoke about her book, Presence: The Photography Collection of Judy Hickman Lauder, with Christie’s International Head of Photographs Darius Himes at a luncheon hosted by Cathy Busch and Brett Sherlock at The Colony…

And Danielle Lauder, a daughter of William Lauder and former wife Karen, co-hosted the opening of the Drawberton Gallery in the Slat House of The Royal Poinciana Plaza with celebrated pop artist Donald Robertson and guests Anton Connolly and Captain Casual. 

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