Moffitt Cancer Center Teams Up with Saks Fifth Avenue Tampa to Honor 10 Cancer Survivors

September 25, 2008

Celebrating 10th Anniversary of Key to the Cure Charity Shopping Weekend

Tampa, FL To help raise money and awareness for women’s cancers,Saks Fifth Avenue Tampa and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) will partner with Moffitt Cancer Centerand host the 2008 Key to the Cure, a charity shopping weekend taking place Oct. 16 through 19. A percentage of the weekend’s sales will benefit Moffitt through EIF’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund.

Nationwide, Saks stores, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH stores and will donate 2 percent of sales up to $500,000 to local and national women’s cancer charities.

To launch this year’s event, Saks Fifth Avenue Tampawill host a Key to the Cure kickoff celebration Oct. 15. This event will celebrate the lives of 10 Tampa Bay area women who battled cancer and won. Each survivor’s story will be told throughout the store that evening. The women being honored are:

  • Joyce Austin – surviving breast cancer
  • Courtney Courtney – surviving melanoma
  • Terri Doyle – surviving invasive ductal carcinoma and breast cancer
  • Beth Gardner – surviving ductal carcinoma
  • Georgeann Nikolich Matzkin – surviving breast cancer
  • Lydia Muar – surviving ductal carcinoma in situ
  • Linda Parr – surviving breast cancer
  • Wendy Pepe – surviving adenocarcinoma cervical cancer
  • Margaret Smith – surviving melanoma and spindle cell sarcoma
  • Darla Young – surviving Hodgkin lymphoma

The evening will also feature food from restaurants around the Tampa Bay area, live entertainment and shopping. Tickets are $75 per person and $250 for patrons. Call the Moffitt Foundation at (813) 745-4860 to purchase tickets or to get sponsorship information. Local sponsors include Barefoot Wine, A La Carte Event Pavilion and Tinatapa's.

During the shopping weekend, many events will take place.

  • Oct. 16: Intimate Apparel Fit Day. A specialist will be on hand to help with selections
  • Oct. 17: Evening Collection Event. Find the perfect dress for every occasion
  • Oct. 18: Denim Doctor is on Call. Find the perfect fit and Cosmetics Wellness Event with a Moffitt representative to answer questions

Saks will also offer a limited-edition Key to the Cure T-shirt designed by Karl Lagerfeld, available beginning October 1 and retailing for $40 in Saks stores, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH storesand at The T-shirt features two original illustrations by Karl Lagerfeld. Over $35 from the sale of every T-shirt will benefit EIF’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund.

Academy Award®-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow is the 2008 Ambassador for EIF’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund and Saks Fifth Avenue’s Key to the Cure. In support of this program, Paltrow will appear in a national public service announcement (PSA) wearing the Karl Lagerfeld limited-edition T-shirt. The Key to the Cure PSA will appear in major fashion and lifestyle magazines in September and October.

For the sixth consecutive year, Mercedes-Benz USA is proud to partner with the EIF Women’s Cancer Research Fund and Saks Fifth Avenue in Key to the Cure. Mercedes-Benz USA expects to raise $1 million this year through sales of 1,000 special edition S550 Sedans, bringing the total amount raised by MBUSA for women’s cancer research to more $6 million.

About Saks Fifth Avenue

Saks Fifth Avenue, one of the world’s pre-eminent specialty retailers, is renowned for its superlative American and international designer collections, its expertly edited assortment of handbags, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics and home furnishings, and the first-rate fashion expertise and exemplary client service of its Associates. Today, Saks operates 53 full-line stores in 25 states, 3 licensed stores in the Middle East and 1 licensed store in Mexico City, 48 Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH stores and, the company’s online store.

About H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute

Located in Tampa, Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center  is the only Florida-based cancer center with the NCI designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center for its excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt currently has 15 affiliates in Florida, one in Georgia and two in Puerto Rico. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country’s leading cancer centers, and is listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for cancer. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer

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