On Thursday, February 28, 2019, the Women’s Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) Honorary Chairs Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks, Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg, along with WCRF co-founders Anne Douglas, Quinn Ezralow, Marion Laurie, Kelly Chapman Meyer, and Jamie Tisch will welcome guests to An Unforgettable Evening. The event will take place at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, and benefit the Women’s Cancer Research Fund, a program of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).
This year, actress, author, and entrepreneur Kate Hudson will receive the 2019 Courage Award for her support of breast cancer research, and commitment to raising awareness and funds for research. Actress, producer, author, and activist Gabrielle Union will receive the UNSUNG Hero Award for her charitable contributions and philanthropic efforts throughout her career, including her work to help educate women about breast cancer screenings, prevention and closing the gap on breast cancer disparities.
“We have seen the power of women, women who raise their voices to activate change-so it is with tremendous privilege that we honor Kate Hudson and Gabrielle Union.” said Rita Wilson. “These are not women who sit on their laurels. Kate and Gabrielle are women of action and we are thrilled to recognize their meaningful contribution to changing lives and improving women’s health.”
Kate Hudson is an actress, entrepreneur, fashion icon and author of the New York Times bestselling Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body and Pretty Fun: Celebrating and Creating a Lifetime of Traditions. She won the Golden Globe and was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in “Almost Famous.” Her numerous film credits also include “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days,” “Fool’s Gold” and “Bride Wars,” which she also produced. She lent her voice to the global hit, “Kung Fun Panda 3” and co-starred in Reginald Hudlin’s “Marshall,” opposite Chadwick Boseman, Sterling K. Brown, Josh Gad and Dan Stevens. In 2013, Kate co-founded Fabletics, a high-performance lifestyle brand with a mission to offer high-quality activewear at an accessible price, available online and in retail stores throughout the U.S. Kate’s many charitable and humanitarian affiliations include The Hawn Foundation’s MindUP program, the United Nations World Food Programme, Baby2Baby, and numerous other organizations dedicated to protecting the rights and well-being of women, children and education around the world.
Gabrielle Union is currently in production on Charter Communications’ highly anticipated TV spinoff pilot from the BAD BOYS movie franchise in which she reprises her role as Syd Burnett. She is an executive producer on the project alongside Jessica Alba who will also play opposite her in the series. “L.A.’s Finest” is set to premiere on May 13th exclusively on Charter’s Spectrum and received a 13-episode straight to series order. Additionally, Union can be seen in the BET series “Being Mary Jane” where she plays ‘Mary Jane Paul’ a successful talk show host. Union has earned rave reviews for her performance and received a 2014 NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special” for the role. The final episode of the show will air on April 9, 2019. In 2017, Union added New York Times bestselling author to her credits with the release of her book We’re Going To Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated and True. Released by Dey Street Books, the book is formatted in a series of essays and features personal stories and reflections on a range of topics that continue to define the contemporary landscape: sexuality, womanhood, friendship, race, marriage and beauty. The book was most recently released in paperback in January 2019. Union’s passion for acting is rivaled by her championing of causes near and dear to her heart such as breast health and combating sexual violence.
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