Charities & Activism


The Maurer Foundation for Breast Health Education (TMF) is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1995 by Virginia Maurer, M.D. Dr. Maurer, a breast surgeon, recognized the need among her patients for a better understanding of breast cancer—its symptoms, diagnosis, treatments, cure rates, and most importantly, the prevention of breast cancer and its relationship to a lifetime of good health practices. The Maurer Foundation is an independent organization with a volunteer Board of Directors and a small professional staff. Dr. Maurer currently serves on the Medical Advisory Panel.

The Maurer Foundation’s mission is dedicated to educating women of all ages about prevention and early detection of breast cancer. Addressing women at schools, in community organizations, places of business and through the media, the foundation’s up-to-date educational programs are aimed at dispelling myths and allaying fears about breast cancer while filling the knowledge gap that exists about maintaining breast health.


Activities: charity gig; donations

May 31, 2008

The Maurer Foundation for Breast Health Education held its fifth annual “Pink Diamond Ball” on May 31 at The Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan with more than 1,000 guests in attendance.

The benefit raised over $1.6 million
to support breast cancer prevention and early detection. Donna Hanover presided as the night’s emcee.

Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow gave a powerful performance that had the crowd on its feet for more than an hour, singing along to the nine-time Grammy Award winner’s popular hits including “Gasoline,” “All I Wanna Do,” and “If It Makes You Happy.” Crow also shared details of her own breast cancer, calling herself the “poster child” for early detection, and lauded the important educational work of the Foundation on prevention and early detection of breast cancer.

The Foundation proudly honored Stephen J. Dannhauser, chairman of the global law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, who is a tireless supporter of the Foundation and its education programs. Under his leadership, the firm recently hosted a Maurer Foundation breast health program for Weil Gotshal employees, both women and men, which was simulcast to seven of the firm’s U.S. offices.

The Maurer Foundation is the only breast health education foundation whose mission is dedicated exclusively to the prevention and early detection of breast cancer. Through its free outreach, The Maurer Foundation has educated hundreds of thousands of individuals in community organizations and businesses such as Lehman Brothers, Pfizer, the NYPD, Chase Bank, and CosmoGirl.

Source: Panache Magazine

Maurer Foundation Board chair Niki Gregory, Sheryl Crow, Maurer Foundation founder Dr Virginia Maurer, Donna Hanover.

Sheryl Crow and Stephen Dannhauser.

Photo Credits: Fifth Avenue Digital