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Publish Date: 02/04/04
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Annual Think Pink, Key To The Cure Events A Huge Success

UC cancer programs and the Barrett Cancer Center were presented a check this month for $21,819 from Saks Fifth Avenue for funds raised during the September 2003 Key To The Cure national campaign. 

"We appreciate the generous support that Saks provides to UC cancer programs and the Barrett Cancer Center," said UC President Nancy L. Zimpher.  "Saks' annual Key To The Cure campaign is an exemplary effort to reach out and make a difference in the community.  UC is very fortunate to have Saks as a partner in the fight against cancer."

Saks Fifth Avenue launched Key To The Cure, a charitable initiative to fight women's cancers in 2003.  Building upon the success of its Fashion Targets Breast Cancer shopping weekend begun in 1999, Saks Fifth Avenue expanded the program to include all women's cancers including ovarian, cervical, uterine and breast.

For the 2003 Key To The Cure event, Saks Fifth Avenue teamed up with the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), an organization formed during World War II to unite the giving power of the Hollywood studios and celebrities.  Saks' downtown store donated 2 percent of all sales September 17-20 to UC Cancer Programs and The Barrett Cancer Center.

UC Cancer Programs and The Barrett Cancer Center hosted its annual Think Pink educational luncheon to kick off the national shopping campaign.  The luncheon raised $118,000 for breast cancer research at UC Cancer Programs and The Barrett Cancer Center.

In addition to the funds raised at the Think Pink luncheon and the Key To The Cure shopping weekend, employees at Saks in Cincinnati donated $1280. 

Present at the check passing were Ina Levinson, general manager of Saks, Cincinnati; UC President Nancy L. Zimpher; Eileen Barrett, co-chair, 2003 Think Pink event; and Cecilia Fenoglio-Preiser, MD, director, UC Cancer Programs.  Rhonda Sheakley, co-chair of the 2003 Think Pink event, was not able to attend.

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