DreamBall Raises More Than $2.4 Million
On September 27, 2012 nearly 600 guests from the cosmetic industry came together for the 28th annual DreamBall at Cipriani 42nd Street, raising more than $2.4 million for the Look Good Feel Better program of the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, and the American Cancer Society. This year’s event honoredCarol Hamilton, president Luxe L’Oreal USA [is this the proper way to state the company name? I think it is backwards and should be L’Oreal Luxe USA] and Michael A. Clinton, president, marketing and publishing director of Hearst Magazines.
The evening was hosted by award winning news anchor Sade Baderinwa of WABC-TV New York. She was joined by Joanna Coles, newly appointed editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, who presented the award to Mr. Clinton, and actress/model Milla Jovovich with Dr. Peter Dottino of Mt. Sinai Hospital, who presented the award to Ms. Hamilton. The evening also included survivor tributes and Look Good Feel Better testimonials from two industry veterans, testicular cancer survivor Tim Quinn of L’Oreal’s Giorgio Armani Beauty, and breast cancer survivor Fran Crane of Hearst Magazines.
Both Ms. Hamilton and Mr. Clinton have been long time supporters of the Look Good Feel Better program, and have dedicated much of their professional lives to helping women look and feel their best. “Cancer knows no bounds and certainly doesn’t discriminate,” said Ms. Hamilton. “I was humbled and inspired by the courage and sweetness of the women I met at my first Look Good Feel Better workshop. The simple pleasure of ‘being normal’ for two hours, combined with the impact of being able to reverse the toll of cancer through beauty routines, is an honor every one of us in the beauty industry should be a part of.”
Mr. Clinton spoke of his own personal experience with Look Good Feel Better. “Watching my friend and colleague [Fran Crane] journey through diagnosis, treatment and recovery brought this disease, and all its side effects, very close to home for me. The Look Good Feel Better program showed me the positive power of beauty for women undergoing treatment,” said Mr. Clinton.
The DreamBall survivor tributes recognized the first ever “DreamGuy” , Tim Quinn, celebrity makeup artist and National Creative Director for Giorgio Armani Beauty, and a long-time colleague of Ms. Hamilton; and “DreamGirl” Fran Crane, Mr. Clinton’s long time executive assistant. Both shared their stories of overcoming cancer and their experiences with Look Good Feel Better in remarks and a video tribute.
“This year’s DreamBall really is an ‘industry family affair,’” said DreamBall Chairman Pamela Baxter, president & CEO of LVMH Perfumes & Cosmetics, North America, and President of Christian Dior Inc., “Tim and Fran are so close personally and professionally to Carol and Michael, and their stories echo many of the consistent themes of the Look Good Feel Better program—from taking control, to the impact of treatment on relationships, both at work and at home.”
The night ended with the second annual “DreamBall After Dark” after party attended by nearly 300 guests. The next generation of Look Good Feel Better supporters danced the night away to DJ Harley Viera-Newton’s music selections and bid on nearly 40 silent auction items. The DreamBall After Dark ticket sales and silent auction contributed over $80,000 to the DreamBall..
The 2013 DreamBall date is confirmed for Thursday, September 26 at Cipriani 42nd Street.
The Personal Care Products Council Foundation, on behalf of the Look Good Feel Better program thanks the DreamBall Patrons and other supporters for their contributions to the success of the 2012 event.
2012 DreamBall Honorees
Michael A. Clinton was named president, marketing and publishing director of Hearst Magazines in June 2010. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Hearst Corporation. Formerly, Clinton was the executive vice president, chief marketing officer and publishing director of Hearst Magazines, a position he had held since January 2001.
His responsibilities include overseeing the publishing side of Hearst titles: Car and Driver, Cosmopolitan, Country Living, ELLE, ELLE DECOR, Esquire, Food Network Magazine, Harper's BAZAAR, House Beautiful, Marie Claire, O, The Oprah Magazine, Popular Mechanics, Redbook, Road & Track, Seventeen, Town & Country, Woman’s Day and Veranda.
In addition, Clinton oversees all digital, iPad/tablet, corporate sales and marketing, brand development and advertiser e-commerce initiatives for Hearst Magazines.
Clinton joined Hearst in October 1997 as senior vice president, chief marketing officer, and added group publisher responsibility for five titles, including Esquire and House Beautiful, in 1998.
Prior to his time at Hearst, Clinton was executive vice president of Condé Nast Publications, where he oversaw sales and marketing for the company’s 15 national titles, including Vogue, Vanity Fair and Architectural Digest. As a member of the company’s senior management team, he was also involved in planning long-term strategy, setting sales and P&L goals, and publishing policies.
Prior to that, as Condé Nast's senior vice president of group sales and marketing, Clinton revamped the company’s multi-title sales and marketing organization, which accounted for 50 percent of its total revenue.
Clinton spent a total of 10 years at GQ magazine, including six years as publisher—at the time, the company’s youngest publisher. He delivered the three most profitable years in the magazine’s history up to that time, and oversaw the launch of GQ in the U.K. and Japan.
Before joining GQ as advertising manager, Clinton was at Fairchild Publications, in both editorial and ad management positions.
Clinton has served as chairman of the board of the Volunteers of America, as well as on the boards of The Starlight Foundation and Lifetime Television Network. He has led expeditions to Nepal, Patagonia, and to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise funds for Starlight. He also serves on the acquisitions committee of the International Center of Photography.
In addition, he is chairman of the MPA – Association of Magazine Media. The Pitt News, the campus newspaper of his alma mater, honored him by creating the Michael Clinton Award for Distinguished Service in Publishing, in his name.
Clinton is an avid traveler and photographer. He has held a number of gallery exhibitions. He is the author of four books, Wanderlust: 100 Countries, A Personal Journey, a collection of essays and photographs from all seven continents; Global Snaps; Global Faces; and American Portraits from 100 Countries.
Clinton graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in economics and political science from the University of Pittsburgh, and earned his M.B.A. from Pace University’s Lubin Graduate School of Business.
Carol Hamilton is one of the beauty industry’s most respected executives. During her 27-year career with L'Oréal USA, she has been integral to its direction in the U.S. and also is widely recognized for her contributions to its international development.
Ms. Hamilton joined L'Oréal USA in 1984 as Director of Marketing for L'Oréal Cosmetics. In 1996, Ms. Hamilton became Senior Vice President Marketing for the L'Oréal Paris brand. In 2002, she was named President. Under her leadership, the L'Oréal Paris brand became the largest beauty brand in the USA.
Hamilton was instrumental in propelling L'Oréal Paris, forward with cutting-edge image and innovative, quality products, while embodying the company’s trademark philosophy, “Because I’m Worth It.” It is in this spirit that she engaged the company and its’ more than 1000 employees in its strategic, philanthropic support of women’s wellness and empowerment programs. In 1997, L’Oréal Paris made a long-term commitment to The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) and since then has helped to raise over $13 million on behalf of the organization.
In 2008, Carol Hamilton was named President of the L'Oréal Luxe Division, overseeing brands including Giorgio Armani Beauty, Lancôme, Kiehl’s Since 1851, Yves Saint Laurent Beauté, Victor + Rolf, Diesel, and Ralph Lauren Fragrances. In her 3 years at the helm of L’Oréal Luxe, she has focused on elevating the Customer Experience at retail and with CRM, plus advancing the Divisions’ Digital expertise.
Carol Hamilton has been named one of Advertising Age’s Marketing 100 and 50 Most Powerful People in Marketing. She is the recipient of Cosmetic Executive Women’s (CEW) Achiever Award and the Oliver R. Grace Award for Distinguished Service in Advancing Cancer Research by the Cancer Research Institute. Carol Hamilton sits on the Board of Governors of Cosmetic Executive Women and the Board of The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. She has an undergraduate degree from Vassar College.