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Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF)

Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF)

Saks Fifth Avenue’s Unforgettable Evening, benefiting the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund (EIF’s WCRF), raises much needed funds each year for revolutionary cancer research, and recognizes one remarkable individual for his or her unwavering commitment to the cause. Breast Cancer survivor, Melissa Etheridge received the 2006 Courage Award on behalf of her work to further cancer research and education.   Since her diagnosis in October 2004, Ms. Etheridge has served as a strong role model for families affected by this disease and throughout her recovery she has dedicated her time and resources to helping raise awareness for breast cancer.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of this fundraising event.  Past recipients of this prestigious award include: Nicole Kidman, Anne Douglas, Rosie O’Donnell, Rita Wilson, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sir Elton John, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas, and Stella McCartney

This year’s event will be mc’d by Ellen DeGeneres with a special performance by the Grammy-winning artists The Black Eyed Peas.

Guests included: Melissa Etheridge, Ellen DeGeneres, The Black Eyed Peas, EIF’s WCRF honorary Chairs Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks and Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg, EIF’s WCRF co-founders Kelly Chapman Meyer, Jamie Tisch, Anne Douglas, Quinn Ezralow, Marion Laurie, Saks Fifth Avenue Chief Executive Officer Steven I. Sadove, Mercedes Benz President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Halata and was held at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills.

About EIF’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund

The Women’s Cancer Research Fund, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, was established by Honorary Chairs Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks, Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg, along with co-founders Kelly Chapman Meyer, Anne Douglas, Quinn Ezralow, Marion Laurie, and Jamie Tisch. WCRF supports innovative research, education, and outreach directed at the development of more effective approaches to the early diagnosis, treatment and prevention of all women’s cancer.

About the Entertainment Industry Foundation

As the philanthropic leader of the entertainment industry, the Entertainment Industry Foundation has distributed hundreds of millions of dollars – and provided countless volunteer hours – to support charitable initiatives addressing some of the most critical issues facing society today.  Visit

About Saks Fifth Avenue

Saks Fifth Avenue Enterprises, a member of the Saks Incorporated group of stores, comprises 54 stores throughout the United States, 53 Off 5th outlet stores, and, the company’s e-commerce site.