Dennis Basso Showcases Eveningwear At 6th Annual Collaborating For A Cure Ladies Luncheon To Benefit Cancer Research

This week, designer Dennis Basso presented an exclusive fashion show to a sold-out crowd at the 6th Annual Collaborating for a Cure Ladies Luncheon that raised $40,000 to benefit the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF).

In its sixth year, the affair has grown to become one of the must-attend spring charity events for New York City’s philanthropists to raise money for groundbreaking cancer research. This year, the event featured Basso and drew more than 100 customers of his sophisticated designs, some who wore their favorite Dennis Basso couture dresses.

Before the fashion show commenced, master of ceremonies Don Lemon of CNN Tonight introduced both Basso and Dr. Samuel Waxman, founder and CEO of the SWCRF.

“We all know someone, a family member, friend, co-worker who has been affected by cancer. We strive to continue the collaboration and shared mission in understanding how this disease works to further fund research for a cure. Remaining imbedded in such a prolific cause and is something that I am personally passionate about,” Basso remarked.

Marion Waxman, Susan Gutfreund, Dennis Basso, Lauren Lawrence, and Pamela Morgan (Courtesy of Rob Rich/

“Events like this support the SWCRF research that brings together a collaboration between some of the top scientists and physicians who probe the very nature of why cancer starts and how to treat it more effectively,” said Dr. Waxman. “As we are now discovering, cancer is a disease of aging, which means the longer we live, the greater chance we have of developing the disease. Since our children and grandchildren are projected to live longer, we are working to understand the links between aging and cancer and to learn how to prevent and treat cancer.”

Attendees included Don Lemon, Tim Malone, Lauren Lawrence, Pamela Morgan, Marion Waxman, Maria Fishel, Susan Gutfreund, Erica Linden-Fineberg, and Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin, among others.