Baxter, Vittoria Fêted at 29th DreamBall

1 DreamBallDu Jour’s Jason Binn with Goldie Hawn and
Cosmetic World’s John Ledes.

LVMH’s Pamela Baxter and Firmenich’s Jerry Vittoria were honored at the 29th annual DreamBall—the primary source of funding for the Look Good Feel Better (LGFB) program, which has helped over 850,000 cancer patients manage the appearance-related side effects of treatment since its founding.

LGFB is a collaboration between the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, the American Cancer Society and the Professional Beauty Association. It was founded by Cosmetic World’s own publisher and editor emeritus, John Ledes.

This year’s gala raised just over $2 million, bringing the event’s 24-year total to roughly $41 million. For the first time, celebrities in the worlds of fashion, publishing and cuisine hosted VIP tables at the event, including: celebrity chef Roblé Ali; Cosmopolitan’s editor in chief, Joanna Coles; Self‘s editor in chief, Lucy Danziger; designer Nicole Miller; stylist Robert Verdi; and designer Carmen Marc Valvo.

There were a total of 535 attendees at the gala and approximately 300 at the ensuing third annual DreamBall After Dark, which was DJ’d by Harley Viera-Newton and presented by the Young Friends of the DreamBall.

Christian Dior’s Terry Darland served as event chairman, while Lee Woodruff served as mistress of ceremonies. The 2013 DreamGirl, Colleen Williams, was also recognized during the program for her valiant fight against Stage One breast cancer.

As a film editor for Fox News, Williams heard about the LGFB program via Jennifer Griffin, a colleague who was also recognized as the 2010 DreamGirl.

“I got to experience all that a Look Good Feel Better workshop offers,” Williams said. “Beauty, encouragement and camaraderie. It was a blast. What girl doesn’t like to play dress up, even when you’re sick?”

Baxter and Vittoria were also touched by their own experiences, having visited Look Good Feel Better workshops.

“It was a powerful reminder of why we attend the DreamBall and why we work hard to support this amazing and transformative program,” said Baxter, who serves as president and CEO of LVMH Perfumes and Cosmetics, North America and president of Christian Dior Couture.

“All my mundane problems were forgotten—sitting with these extraordinarily brave women as they learned to apply their new beauty products,” added Vittoria, president of North American fine fragrances at Firmenich. “As I watched and listened, I could palpably feel their self-confidence grow.


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Firmenich’s Jerry Vittoria and Patrick Firmenich (r.) with Pamela Baxter of LVMH. Kris Kim of The American Cancer Society, DreamGirl Colleen Williams and Louanne Roark of PCPC. Bloomingdale’s Michael Gould with Pamela Baxter of LVMH.
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Christian Dior’s Terry Darland with
Lee Woodruff of CBS News.
Stylist Robert Verdi with Du Jour’s Cindy Lewis and L’Oréal’s Carol Hamilton and Kelly McNamara-Thompson. Elizabeth Arden’s Scott Beattie with
Revlon’s Julia Goldin and Chris Elshaw.
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Thia Breen of The Estée Lauder Companies with CEW’s
Carlotta Jacobson.
Lou Cona of Condé Nast, L’Oréal’s Carol Hamilton and American Express Publishing’s Steven DeLuca. Coty’s Thomas Burkhardt with P&G’s Patrice Louvet.
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GQ’s Chris Mitchell and Karen Drechsler with Dennis Curran of P&G. Coty’s Marc Rey and Thomas Burkhardt. Elizabeth Arden’s Ron Rolleston with Karen Housman of Chanel.
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Chanel’s Pam Ursem, Evelyn Couzijn and Marisa Sacks. Elizabeth Arden’s Art Spiro and Camille McDonald of Bath & Body Works with Firmenich’s Jerry Vittoria and Theo Spilka. LVMH’s Jessica Barlow and Nicholas Munafo with Elaine D’Farley of Self.
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Debbi Hartley Triesch and Gemma Lionello (c.) of Nordstrom with L’Oréal’s Alexandra Papazian, Alexandre Choueiri and Doreen Arbel. Katherine Cullin and Jill Scalamandre of Coty with Joy Atkinson of Firmenich. Elizabeth Arden’s Eric Horowitz and
Kathy Widmer with Nicolas Mirzayantz of IFF.
  See more DreamBall photos in Cosmetic World October 21,2013 issue.  

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