Actress Andie MacDowell, Oncologist Karen Lu Headline H.O.W. Luncheon

Palm Beach, FL – Screen star Andie MacDowell and renowned oncologist Dr. Karen H. Lu will be the featured speakers at H.O.W.’s Time is of the Essence Luncheon.

Proceeds benefit Hearing the Ovarian Cancer Whisper (H.O.W.), which supports research and education in the disease.

The luncheon will be held Jan. 30, 2012, at 11:30 a.m., at The Flagler Museum Pavilion in Palm Beach.

Lori Gendelman, Cobey Rapaport, Anita Michaels and Ann Candido serve as chairwomen of the luncheon. Frances Fisher and Fern Fodiman are honorary chairwomen.

MacDowell is a former model who successfully transitioned to acting. In the early 1980s, she modeled for Vogue Magazine and appeared in ad campaigns for Yves Saint Lauren, Vassarette, Armani Perfume, Sabeth-Row, Mink International, Anne Klein, and Bill Blass.

She has appeared in such films as “St. Elmo’s Fire,””sex, lies and videotape,” “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and the western “Bad Girls.” She has also starred on the small screen in “Riding the Bus with My Sister,” with Rosie O’Donnell, “Patricia Cornwell’s At Risk” and “Patricia Cornwell’s The Front,” along with numerous other roles.

MacDowell received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina, for her dedication to the Graham Children’s Health Center. She also serves as a spokeswoman for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

In addition to her noted acting awards, in 1997 she received the Golden Camera Award from Germany, and the Cesar d’Honneur (Honorary Award) for her body of film work.

Lu is a professor in the Department of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Her main clinical interests include the surgical and medical treatment of women with ovarian and endometrial cancers, as well as the management of care for women who are genetically at high risk for these cancers.

She is co-director for clinical cancer genetics and director of the High Risk Ovarian Cancer Screening Clinic. In addition, she serves as co-director of the Endometrial Cancer Research Program and co-principal investigator of the Uterine Cancer Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE). She receives support for her research from the National Cancer Institute and private foundations and has published numerous articles and book chapters.

Tickets to the H.O.W. Time is of the Essence Luncheon are $325 and $150 for a young friend ticket (guests 40 and younger).

For more information, contact (561) 837-2285 or

The major sponsor of the luncheon is Wilmington Trust.

H.O.W. (Hearing the Ovarian Cancer Whisper) raises money to support basic or translational research in ovarian cancer through the Jacquie Liggett Research Fellowship and supports gynecologic oncology training for physicians who care for women with ovarian cancer through the Jacquie Liggett Gynecologic Oncology Training Fellowship.

Women with ovarian cancer experiencing financial need are helped through the Jacquie Liggett Angel Fund. H.O.W. is dedicated to promoting awareness and recent advances in ovarian cancer by presenting educational programs to women primarily in our area. H.O.W. also provides support to medical students interested in gynecologic oncology.

Each year approximately 22,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and 15,000 of them will not survive. For more information, visit www.ovarianpbc.org or www.palmhealthcare.org.

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