Bettina's Take: MSKCC Associates Annual Luncheon

The Associates Committee of the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is a stellar group of women committed to excellence in everything they do; in this case, in helping to eradicate a terrible disease that has touched everyone's life in one way or another.

The MSKCC 4th Annual Associates Lunch was held at Rouge Tomate. Ferragamo sponsored the event, which showcased pieces from the gorgeous Spring/Summer 2012 collection, featuring dresses with rich patterns in mixtures of turquoise and purple, orange and pink, as well as brightly colored bags and shoes.

Event chairs Nina Garcia, Getchen Gunlocke Fenton, and Eugenie Niven Goodman wore Ferragamo, and chair Emili Fanjul Pfeifler wore Celine and carried a Ferragamo handbag.

"Sloan Kettering is fighting so hard for a disease that affects us all," said Garcia. "They are deeply committed to their research, and deeply committed to helping out."

Fanjul Pfeifler echoed that sentiment:

"I had a grandmother who died of cancer, she was very involved in Sloan Kettering and the involvement has moved to the next generation. That's me now."

This was the second year Gunlocke Fenton was chairing.

"I've been a member of Sloan Kettering for about 15 years now, and I've been involved in different ways. I co-chaired this lunch last year, and I thought it was so wonderful that we raised so much money right away that I wanted to do it again," she said with a smile.

The speeches were moving and mercifully short. Honoree Nina J. Pickett, MSKCC Department of Pediatric's Administrator, gave insight and anecdotes into her life at the center, and the difference that is made daily in the lives of children with cancer.

There is enormous devotion and dedication to this cause throughout all of MSKCC's events. As Niven Goodman put it, "People from all over the city get together to help support this amazing hospital. They give time and money, help volunteer and come to the events. The fact that Ferragamo has so nicely sponsored the event means a lot, too."

Photos: Nina Garcia, Gretchen Gunlocke Fenton, Eugenie Niven Goodman and Emilia Fanjul Pfeifler (top); an atmosphere shot at the event (bottom)