Castle Connolly Honors Evelyn Lauder at National Physician Awards
Evelyn Lauder received the 2011 The National Health Leadership Award at the National Physician of the Year Awards Ceremony March 28. The event, hosted by “America’s Top Doctors” publisher Castel Connolly, recognized her work in heightening the awareness for the need of support and research for breast cancer research, and radically raising the awareness of breast cancer, treatment and regular and early examinations.”
Lauder fled Vienna with her parents when the Nazis annexed Austria. After some time in London, the Hauser family arrived in New York where college student Evelyn met her husband Leonard Lauder “on a blind date.” After college, she was a teacher in the New York City school system, subsequently joining the Estée Lauder Company. For more than 50 years, Evelyn Lauder has been “a driving force” in New York’s cultural and philanthropic life. Her “thoughtful guidance and renowned generosity,” are legendary, especially in the battle to defeat breast cancer.
Evelyn Lauder and SELF magazine editor Alexandra Penney are noted as developers of the Pink Ribbon Campaign in 1992. The ribbon has become recognized as the worldwide symbol of breast health. Since its debut seventeen years ago, more than 110 million Pink Ribbons have been given away in more than 70 countries. In October, 2010, the Old City of Jaffa was one of 200 sites to be bathed in pink light during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. She has helped establish the Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Its state of the art breast cancer center opened in September 2009. Lauder was instrumental in establishing The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).
Named by New York Magazine as one of New York’s most influential people in 2006, Evelyn and husband Leonard Lauder have two children, Gary and William. “I’m a believer that parents have to be the teachers,” she said. “Most of all, we must teach them our values.” She is a published photographer whose works are held in many public and private collections, and author of two nutritionally based cookbooks.
Members of the Lauder family are highly recognized for their work throughout the philanthropic world. (Brother-in-law, Ronald Lauder is an active supporter of Jewish and Israeli causes.) With products available in 150 countries, and offices in Israel, Dubai and Malaysia, the company is fully international. It has, however, been targeted by pro-Palestinian groups promoting product boycotts for almost a decade. Global Corporate Communications spokeswoman Suzanne Seymour said “By and large, we have little comment. We manufacture prestige products.” She continued, “The Estée Lauder Company “has no political affiliation and takes no position regarding the current situation in the Middle East.”