Run For Her Fundraiser - 5k Run and Friendship Walk Hosted by Karina Smirnoff

Iconic photographer, Gilles Bensimon, exhibit opens with a celebration of women supporting Ovarian Cancer Reasearch and Awareness on Sunday November 3, 2013. The exhibit will be available for public viewing in the lobby and in Riviera 31 Lounge; 10/17/13 – January 2014.
The invite only Run For Her Fundraiser will be held on Sunday November 3, 2013 from 5 pm- 9 pm.

Gilles Bensimon portrait

An ambassador for French culture and elegance, Sofitel’s presentation of the Gilles Bensimon exhibit (the last stop culminating a national tour in the U.S. following Sofitel New York, Sofitel Washington D.C. Lafayette Square and Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, underscores the hotel’s commitment to women with this event in support of the annual Run for Her® 5k Run and Friendship Walk. The “Elles” art installation is dedicated to women capturing some of the esteemed French fashion photographer’s best work. In an exclusive collection of 25 photos honoring famous women from the arts & entertainment industry the night will unfold in an exclusive viewing of the work, reception, silent auction & raffle, live performances & video, award presentation and survivor stories.
Hosting this event is Karina Smirnoff, TV Personality, Dancer/Choreographer from hit TV show “Dancing With The Stars” and Broadway’s “Burn The Floor,” and “Forever Tango.” Also in attendence will be Kara DioGuardi, Songwriter/singer, Producer, TV personality, & music exec, and Beth Y. Karlan, MD, director of the Women’s Cancer Program at Cedars-Sinai’s Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute

Karina Smirnoff

Proceeds benefit the Women’s Cancer Program at Cedars-Sinai’s Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute, directed by Beth Y. Karlan, MD. To date, thousands of participants have helped increase ovarian cancer awareness around the world through the annual 5k Run and Friendship Walk started in 2005. Run for Her supports a team of physicians and scientists that conduct life-saving research and education programs that increase awareness of ovarian cancer. 
Dominique Colliat, Senior Vice President of Sofitel Americas says, “As an international ambassador of French culture, Sofitel has a tradition of working with supremely talented architects, designers, artists, and photogrphers across the globe. I am delighted to culminate this last stop of the exhibition here in Los Angeles in collaboration with Gilles Bensimon.”
The Women’s Cancer Program at Cedars-Sinai’s Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute works to end cancer as a threat to women through research, education, early detection and prevention. Established in January 2002, the Women’s Cancer Program fosters collaborative research between scientists and physicians to bring innovative laboratory discoveries directly to women with breast and gynecologic cancers. Under the leadership of Beth Y. Karlan, MD, an internationally recognized gynecologic cancer surgeon and research scientist, the Women’s Cancer Program works side-by-side with Cedars-Sinai's patient care programs and services to integrate research across a wide spectrum of programs devoted to preventing, diagnosing and treating women's cancers.

Charlize Theron

Cedars-Sinai is the largest independent academic medical center in the Western United States, with 2,100 physicians and 2,800 nurses as well as thousands of other healthcare professionals and staff. The highest quality patient care, dedication to patient satisfaction and rigorous attention to patient safety are central to their mission. Cedars-Sinai has 12 medical specialties nationally ranked among 2012–13 America’s Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, and was named No. 2 among all hospitals in California.
Gilles Bensimon began his career with ELLE in 1967. Over the course of his career, he has assisted in the launch of the U.S. edition of ELLE, served as the International Creative Director of the magazine, photographed some of world’s top models and celebrities, and made guest appearances on reality television show, America’s Next Top Model.
Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills is in the upper echelon of Los Angeles hotels, with stunning interiors featuring French design and Hollywood glamour. The Four-Star Los Angeles hotel sits on the corner of La Cienega and Beverly Boulevard, opposite the Beverly Center. Enjoy sleek Beverly Hills hotel rooms near world-famous Rodeo Drive, Melrose Avenue, and Sunset Boulevard. 
Sofitel, World Class Hotels & French Elegance is the only French luxury hotel brand with a presence on five continents with 120 addresses, in almost 40 countries (more than 30,000 rooms). Sofitel offers contemporary hotels and resorts adapted to today’s more demanding and more versatile consumers who expect and appreciate beauty, quality and excellence. Whether situated in the heart of a major city like Paris, London, New York, Shanghai or Beijing, or nestled away in a country landscape in Morocco, Egypt, French Polynesia or Thailand, each Sofitel property offers a genuine experience of the French “art de vivre”.

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