Women are known for their reputed love of shoes, and now shoes are returning the favor.
The latest styles from famous shoe designer Stuart Weitzman will help support ovarian cancer research through the inaugural Ovations for the Cure Southern California Fashion Show and Luncheon on Nov. 8.
Hosted by Ovations for the Cure, a nonprofit organization focused on research, treatment and awareness of ovarian cancer, the event will benefit City of Hope. The show will be held at the Westin South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif., and will feature an 11 a.m. champagne reception and silent auction, followed by a runway show and luncheon.
“Ovarian cancer strikes one in 58 women — women in the prime of their lives,” said Ovations for the Cure founder Patricia Franchi Flaherty. “This fashion show will be a sophisticated and fun afternoon celebrating the work that’s been done, while supporting the discoveries to come as a result of the groundbreaking research at City of Hope.”
Weitzman executive Jane Weitzman will host the fashion show portion of the afternoon. Models will showcase the fall/winter line of Stuart Weitzman shoes and handbags, as well as jewelry designs by renowned designer Roberto Coin. The event’s East Coast show, already in its third year, has achieved significant fundraising success and sellout crowds.
Ovarian cancer ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women, accounting for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. More than 22,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year, and more than 15,000 women will die from it, according to the American Cancer Society. A woman’s risk of getting this cancer during her lifetime is one in 67.
Often referred to as the “silent” disease, ovarian cancer rarely produces symptoms in the earliest stages and is usually not discovered until it has begun to spread to other parts of the abdomen. To date, there is no effective early detection or testing for ovarian cancer, though physicians may sometimes feel for ovarian abnormalities during routine pelvic exams.
City of Hope’s ovarian cancer research program involves a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of ovarian and other women’s cancers, from genetic diagnosis to the development of novel therapeutics. The institution’s Department of Clinical Cancer Genetics provides genetic counseling for a growing number of women, both those diagnosed with ovarian cancer and those at risk for developing the disease.
For ticket information about the Ovations for the Cure Stuart Weitzman Fashion Show and Luncheon, call 818-242-9108 or visit ovationsforthecure.org.