Momentum Women™ Honor Fran Drescher

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Honoree Fran Drescher accepts the Momentum Award™ from Ceslie Armstrong

Since September of 2006, CESLIE- THE WOMEN'S NETWORK™ has hosted the Company's social and business networking affiliate Momentum Womenfor the members and invited guests to gather and honor a woman with the Momentum Award™ who personifies the qualities that set the standard for today's modern woman. In June of 2008, CTWN and Proskauer Rose were pleased to honor actress, author, and activist Fran Drescher with the 9th Momentum Award™.

The host committee of Julie Allen, Roberta Ashkin, Karine Bakhoum, Elise Bloom, Nina Kaminer, Lori Levine and Ceslie Armstrong all personally and professionally advocate women's health initiatives--particulary cancer. The hosts have all been affected by cancer--either directly or indirectly--as have all women across the globe and fully support the important work of the Cancer Schmancer movement and charity.

A uterine cancer survivor, but known globally as "The Nanny," Fran Drescher founded the Cancer Schmancer movement and charity named for her best selling book. "I was misdiagnosed and mistreated for a peri-menopause condition I didn't have. It took me two years and eight doctors before finally being told that I had a gynecologic cancer. I swear I got in the stirrups more times than Will Rogers!," says Drescher, "As the result of this experience, I wrote the NY times bestseller Cancer Schmancer with the hopes that in telling my story I would prevent what happened to me to happen to others. But when I went on my book tour, I realized that what happened to me had happened to millions of women like me. And so it was then I realized the book was not the end but rather the beginning of a life mission to improve women's healthcare in America."

The mission is to ensure that ALL women's cancers are diagnosed in STAGE 1, when it is most curable. Early detection equals survival. Drescher told the crowd of 125 Momentum Women and guests, "Through education, legislation, and social reform, we will not stop until the very landscape of America's women's healthcare consciousness has been replanted. We need to take control of our bodies, become greater partners with our physicians and galvanize as one to let our legislators know that the collective female vote is louder and more powerful than that of the richest corporate lobbyists. As Frederick Douglass said, 'Power concedes nothing without demand. It never has and it never will.' " said the Cancer Schmancer president and visionary.

For two hours, the members and guests of Momentum Women™ gathered at co-sponsor South Gate Restaurant in the most luxurious hotel on Central Park South in NYC: The Jumeirah Essex House.  The women tasted celebrity Chef Kerry Heffernan's specially created "cancer preventative" delectable hors d'ouevres rich in fish, vegetables, oils, and fruits while networking, sipping floral infused champagne and learning about each other's business initiatives and women's health information including the stylish and healthy products provided by goodie bag co-sponsors Gilt Groupe, Estroven, and Juvenon.  Fran Drescher addressed the guests in such a moving, beautiful, and sometimes humorous way after Ceslie Armstrong presented her with the Momentum Award™. Ceslie is a three-time cancer survivor, including the shared experience of uterine cancer, and Drescher asked Armstrong to be on the advisory board of Cancer Schmancer to support the movement and help educate women through the media that diagnosis in Stage 1 can be the cure.

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(L) Hosts & Sponsors: The women of Proskauer Rose (LC) Fran Heller, Tea Romano, Paula Batson, Jill Lynne (RC) Valerie Peyton Horn, Rhona Silver (R) Holly Cao, Roberta Ashkin, Ceslie Armstrong, Fran Heller

(L) Sharon Buntain, Mrs. Kaminer, Nina Kaminer (LC) Daphne Zuniga, Ceslie Armstrong, Nicole Miller (RC) Jill Diamond, Annette Hanson (R) Adrienne Landau, Shikha Gulati, Ceslie Armstonrg

(L) Diane Alexis, Natasha Haynes-Smith TBD (LC) Momentum Women™ (RC) Diane Alexis, Jamie Ahn, Christine Salata Pressman (R) actress Joyce DeWitt with her niece



Cancer Schmancer has already been extremely instrumental in getting the Gynecologic Cancer Education and Awareness Act passed into law by unanimous consent in the 109th Congress and helped ensure a $6.5 million appropriation for FY 2008. Now, the organization is working to ensure the bill gets funded in 2009. There are also several initiatives under way at the state and federal levels. Says Drescher, "In the state of California, we are launching a campaign to include the trans-vaginal ultrasound as part of every woman’s basic gynecologic exam while joining forces on the Hill with other healthcare leaders to implement a national campaign to create an FDA standard for women’s skincare products, which are presently unregulated and filled with carcinogens and suspected carcinogens. We are a bi-partisan organization. We don’t care who you vote for just as long as they’re voting for you!"


(L) Marcy Blum, Ceslie, Adrienne Landau (LC) Ceslie Armstrong, Fran Drescher (RC) Alba Cera, Danielle Hootnick, Divya Gugnani (R) Co-sponsors and hosts Julie Allen and Elise Bloom of Proskauer Rose with honoree Fran Drescher



Proskauer Rose LLP, founded in 1875, is an international law firm providing a wide variety of legal services to clients worldwide from offices in Boca Raton, Boston, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Newark, Paris, São Paulo, and Washington, D.C.

The Firm has wide experience in all areas of practice important to businesses, including corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, real estate transactions, bankruptcy and reorganizations, taxation, litigation, trusts and estates, intellectual property, and labor and employment law. Its clients include participants in many industries, including chemicals, entertainment, financial services, health care, hospitality, information technology, insurance, internet, manufacturing, media and communications, pharmaceuticals, real estate investment, sports, and transportation.

Trained at leading law schools, Proskauer's lawyers also are active in important civic, philanthropic and trade organizations, often holding significant leadership positions. These community leaders are also frequently called on for advice and service by government agencies, the judiciary, bar and charitable organizations and corporate boards of directors.



(L) Ceslie Armstrong, Fran Drescher (LC) Ceslie, Shikha Gulati, Fran Drescher, Betsey Mullen (RC) Bethenny Frankel (R) Fran Drescher, Chef Kerry Heffernan, Ceslie Armstrong

(L) Emily Beare (C) Fran Drescher, Chef Kerry Heffernan (R) Fran Heller, Deb Friedland

(L) Holly Cao, Adrienne Landau (LC) Joyce DeWitt's niece, Alexandra Parent, Joyce DeWitt (RC) Chef Kerry Heffernan (R) Adrienne Landau, Shikha Gulati, Ceslie Armstrong

(L) Adrienne Landau, Chef Kerry Heffernan, Marcy Blum (LC) Maria Ashe (RC) Marcy Blum (R) Nicole Miller, Sharon Buntain

(LC) Lisa Silhenek, Kathleen Giordano (C) Goodie bags from The Jumeirah Essex House filled gifts from The Gilt Groupe, Estroven, Juvenon, South Gate Restaurant (R) Chef Kerry Heffernan's tableau of healthy and delicious offerings

Images by Patrick McMullan. Click HERE to view and purchase additional images of this and other social and celebrity events

Additional images by Steve Barkaszi. Email to contact Steve to purchase images

videographer: Dean Holtermann


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