Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore is the 2015 Ambassador for Saks Fifth Avenue’s Key to the Cure campaign, locally supporting cancer research at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).
During Key to the Cure’s Oct. 15-18 charity-shopping weekend, Saks Fifth Avenue at Biltmore Fashion Park, 2446 E. Camelback Road, will donate 2 percent of sales to support cancer research at TGen.
The highpoint of the Saks Phoenix fundraising shopping spree is the signature Key to the Cure fashion show, starting at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 16, featuring gourmet food, drinks, a raffle for designer items, and an exclusive peak at the latest fall fashions.
“Everyone has been affected by cancer in some way, whether you’ve cared for a loved one facing a cancer diagnosis, or contended with cancer yourself. So, I’m honored to work with the Entertainment Industry Foundation, EIF’s Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) program, and Saks Fifth Avenue to highlight the mission to make everyone diagnosed with cancer a survivor,” said Julianne Moore. “I hope everyone will join me in supporting this important cause by purchasing a Key to the Cure T-Shirt.”
Saks Fifth Avenue’s Key to the Cure campaign has enlisted Jason Wu to design this year’s limited edition T-Shirt. Available starting Oct. 1 in Saks Fifth Avenue stores and online at saks.com and saksoff5th.com, the tee will retail for $35, with 100 percent of sales benefiting TGen.
“It is an honor to partner with Saks Fifth Avenue on their signature charitable initiative Key to the Cure this year. My hope is that people purchase the limited edition tee, which benefits an initiative that has made great strides in cancer research,” said Jason Wu.
Marc Metrick, President of Saks Fifth Avenue, stated, “We look forward to Key to the Cure every October. It’s really great to see our stores, customers and vendors rally together to support such a great cause in raising awareness and funds.”
Saks Fifth Avenue’s charity shopping weekend is now in its 17th year. Since 1999, the company has donated more than $36 million to cancer research and treatment organizations throughout the United States. Besides TGen, organizations benefiting from these funds include: The Breast Cancer Research Foundation; EIF’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund; Cleveland Clinic; Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Nevada Cancer Institute and many others.
“We are privileged to be Saks’ long-term partner for Key to the Cure, and excited about the visibility and awareness that actress Julianne Moore brings to cancer research,” said TGen Foundation President Michael Bassoff. “Locally, Key to the Cure highlights TGen’s patient-focused cancer research initiatives and provides our scientists with key funding to pursue innovative new studies.”