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CEW 2012 Beauty of Giving Luncheon Benefits Cancer; Careers

From left, Carlotta Jacobson, president, CEW; Kate Sweeney, executive director, CEW Foundation; Bob McDonald, chairman, president and CEO, P&G; Gina Drosos, chairwoman, CEW Foundation Board; at 2012 Beauty of Giving luncheon. P&G was honored for its longstanding support of the Cancer and Careers program.

By: Nancy Jeffries
Posted: December 11, 2012

The annual CEW Beauty of Giving Luncheon and Live Auction benefiting Cancer and Careers, the philanthropic arm of CEW dedicated to empowering and educating people with cancer to thrive in their workplace, was held December 7, 2012, in the Grand Ballroom of New York’s Waldorf-Astoria. The luncheon drew more than 800 industry professionals to commemorate philanthropy in the beauty industry, and acknowledges those whose work and support have made a significant contribution to the cause. In 2012, CEW Foundation honored P&G for its longstanding support of the Cancer and Careers program.

Carlotta Jacobson, president, CEW, welcomed attendees and shared the genesis of the formation of the program. She noted that in her first years as president of CEW, five board members had shared that they had been treated for cancer, and it was clear that they needed to figure out ways to continue working while undergoing treatment. Jacobson then introduced Kate Sweeney, executive director, CEW Foundation, who Jacobson said, “took the germ of an idea and turned it into a robust organization.”

Sweeney noted that many of those present had endured a tough month, with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy taking its toll, and it created additional challenges for those needing chemotherapy treatment. “Cancer, career and Con Ed—that’s a lot to have on your plate,” said Sweeney.

Gina Drosos, chairwoman, CEW Foundation Board, explained the work of Cancer and Careers, noting that the program helps working people with cancer and their co-workers. It provides a comprehensive website and online community, free publications in English and Spanish, online access to one-on-one career coaching, webinars and teleconferences with legal experts, support groups, and an annual National Conference on Work & Cancer.

“This year, more than 200,000 individuals found information on CEW’s Cancer and Careers website," said Drosos. "In addition, 2,100 patients, survivors and healthcare professionals have attended the program’s seminars, conferences and speaking engagements, and 35,000 Cancer and Careers publications have been distributed this year. Everyone should feel proud of the great work the beauty industry is doing for Cancer and Careers.”