Statement by Vartan Gregorian on The Death Of Evelyn Lauder, 2011 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy Awardee
The world lost a gracious woman and a great philanthropist this weekend. Evelyn Lauder, who suffered from breast cancer herself in the late 1980's, turned the power of her company into an engine for education and research. Just two weeks after receiving the 2011 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy, Evelyn’s life was cut short by another form of cancer, but she will be remembered for having saved many women’s lives by making breast cancer a national issue and the search for a cure a national priority.
Realizing that thousands of women who turned to Estee Lauder for beauty products also fought against breast cancer, Evelyn Lauder dedicated her time and the company’s prestige to educate women about the disease and to promote research. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, founded in 1993, has raised more than $350 million dollars. The pink ribbon phenomenon was built with her vision, determination and philanthropic contributions. Evelyn Lauder’s philanthropic contributions to the cause of breast cancer will be a lasting legacy and tribute to her. Carnegie Corporation of New York extends to the Lauder family its deepest sympathy and condolences.