John Varvatos was honored last night at the 18th annual Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation benefit dinner and auction at Cipriani Wall Street. The "Collaborating for a Cure" event had a "Rock Out!" theme, with special musical guest John Fogerty and his band more than living up to it in a 90-minute set full of his classic Creedence Clearwater Revival and solo hits that kept attendees who had to get up in the morning on their feet until midnight
But Varvatos is a rocker in his own right. Heavily influenced by music while growing up in Detroit, Varvatos now has a store at the site of the historic New York club CBGB, where he hosts live rock concerts and sells vintage and contemporary vinyl records and limited edition rock fine art photos. His 2013 book John Varvatos: Rock in Fashion focuses on he rock style of the music community, and last year he partnered with Republic Records in launching John Varvatos Records.
The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation, meanwhile, was founded by renowned cancer researcher Samuel Waxman, and is an international organization dedicated to curing and preventing cancer through funding of cutting-edge research. Since its inception in 1976, the foundation has awarded approximately $90 million to support the work of more than 200 researchers around the world.