A Message From Leonard A. Lauder, Acting Chairman
This year marks twenty years since my dear wife, Evelyn, created The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. I continue to be in awe of her accomplishments and the number of lives she was able to save. And that was her goal: to save lives. So many of you graciously contributed to the Evelyn H. Lauder Founder's Fund in her memory.
The Founder's Fund now totals $27 million, which includes a $19.1 million gift from the recent "Magnificent Jewels" auction at Sotheby's as well as your very, very generous gifts to the Fund.
The initiative is centered on research on a broad range of cancers in addition to breast cancer, and has the potential to save even more lives by inspiring new avenues of collaboration that will hopefully lead to the management of breast cancer certainly, but many other cancers as well.
Evelyn would have been honored to know that the Founder's Fund is supporting an initiative that expands upon her vision, and it's a wonderful tribute.
Thank you all for your friendship, which has so marvelously supported the Foundation.
With my warmest regards,
Leonard A. Lauder