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Saks Fifth Avenue Key to the Cure cancer bash draws record Houston crowd

Saks Fifth Avenue's Key to the Cure draws record Houston crowd

1 Betty and John Hrncir, from left, with Denise Monteleone at Saks' Key to the Cure October 2013
Betty and John Hrncir, from left, with Denise Monteleone at Saks' Key to the Cure. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
15 Susie Criner, left, and Jane Eifler at Saks' Key to the Cure October 2013
Susie Criner, left, and Jane Eifler at Saks' Key to the Cure. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
14 Spencer Stasney and Allison Blanton-Stasney at Saks' Key to the Cure October 2013
Spencer Stasney and Allison Blanton-Stasney at Saks' Key to the Cure. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
12 Susan and Walter Pye, from left, with Emily Wardell at Saks' Key to the Cure October 2013
Susan and Walter Pye, from left, with Emily Wardell at Saks' Key to the Cure. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
13 Nina and Michael Phillips at Saks' Key to the Cure October 2013
Nina and Michael Phillips at Saks' Key to the Cure. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
10 Grace Butler, left, and Dr. Olethia Chisolm
Grace Butler, left, and Dr. Olethia Chisolm at Saks' Key to the Cure. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
7 Will Stukenberg and Kate Allen-Stukenberg at Saks' Key to the Cure October 2013
Will Stukenberg and Kate Allen-Stukenberg at Saks' Key to the Cure. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
9 Ayres and Chris Bell at Saks' Key to the Cure October 2013
Ayres and Chris Bell at Saks' Key to the Cure. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
8 Heather and Jason Connelly, left, with Marilu Garza at Saks' Key to the Cure October 2013
Heather and Jason Connelly, left, with Marilu Garza at Saks' Key to the Cure. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
6 Robert Eifler and Sydney Ealand at Saks' Key to the Cure October 2013
Robert Eifler and Sydney Ealand at Saks' Key to the Cure. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
11 Sharon Graham, left, and Charity Yarborough at Saks' Key to the Cure October 2013
Sharon Graham, left, and Charity Yarborough at Saks' Key to the Cure. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
5 Kevin Kushner and Brittany Sakowitz-Kushner at Saks' Key to the Cure October 2013
Kevin Kushner and Brittany Sakowitz-Kushner at Saks' Key to the Cure. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
4 Elisa Pye, left, and Catie Ross at Saks' Key to the Cure October 2013
Elisa Pye, left, and Catie Ross at Saks' Key to the Cure. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
3 Daniel and HollyAnne Jenkins at Saks' Key to the Cure October 2013
Daniel and HollyAnne Jenkins at Saks' Key to the Cure. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
2 Aelicia Bayliss, left, and Shawntell McWilliams at Saks' Key to the Cure October 2013
Aelicia Bayliss, left, and Shawntell McWilliams at Saks' Key to the Cure. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
1 Betty and John Hrncir, from left, with Denise Monteleone at Saks' Key to the Cure October 2013
15 Susie Criner, left, and Jane Eifler at Saks' Key to the Cure October 2013
14 Spencer Stasney and Allison Blanton-Stasney at Saks' Key to the Cure October 2013
12 Susan and Walter Pye, from left, with Emily Wardell at Saks' Key to the Cure October 2013
13 Nina and Michael Phillips at Saks' Key to the Cure October 2013
10 Grace Butler, left, and Dr. Olethia Chisolm
7 Will Stukenberg and Kate Allen-Stukenberg at Saks' Key to the Cure October 2013
9 Ayres and Chris Bell at Saks' Key to the Cure October 2013
8 Heather and Jason Connelly, left, with Marilu Garza at Saks' Key to the Cure October 2013
6 Robert Eifler and Sydney Ealand at Saks' Key to the Cure October 2013
11 Sharon Graham, left, and Charity Yarborough at Saks' Key to the Cure October 2013
5 Kevin Kushner and Brittany Sakowitz-Kushner at Saks' Key to the Cure October 2013
4 Elisa Pye, left, and Catie Ross at Saks' Key to the Cure October 2013
3 Daniel and HollyAnne Jenkins at Saks' Key to the Cure October 2013
2 Aelicia Bayliss, left, and Shawntell McWilliams at Saks' Key to the Cure October 2013

Each year in recognition of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Saks Fifth Avenue stores across the nation host a fashionable fundraiser with a specific cancer charity selected in each city as beneficiary. This week's cocktail party in the Galleria store saw a record turnout of more than 500 guests.

CancerForward was the selected beneficiary for proceeds from the evening that doubled as an opportunity to recognize CancerForward Forward Movers. The civic leaders, all of whom are cancer survivors, taking bows were ​John Hrncir, Alison Ayres Bell, Marilu Garza, Grace L. Butler, Susan Pye, Jason Connelly, Sharon Graham, Cynthia Cage McClain, Rebecca Trahan, Terri Dome and Seth Vaughan

In a twist on Key to the Cure traditions, Saks entertained four young professional couples as benefit chairs — Sydney Ealand and Robert Eifler, Kristin and Jason Kaminsky, Brittany Sakowitz Kushner and Kevin Kushner, and Will and Kate Allen Stukenberg.

And as new national Key to the Cure sponsorship, Cadillac joined the party with Sewell Automotive to host the Pop-Up Cadillac Lounge where lucky partygoers received gift certificates toward the purchase of a new Caddy.

Celebrants included Saks GM Bobby Dees, CancerForward founder and chair Beth Sanders Moore, Kenady Davis, Chris Bell, Meredith Timms Staggers and Trent Staggers, Huston and Megan Able, Diane and Harry Gendel, Patti and Richard Everett, Betty Hrncir and Denise Monteleone.