The John Wayne Cancer Institute Breast Center at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica was among the beneficiaries of a televised fundraiser that benefits breast cancer research and education institutions.

Thousands of shoes were on sale for half the suggested retail price in the name of charity at the 14th annual QVC Presents “FFANY Shoes on Sale” event during Breast Cancer Awareness Month last October.

QVC and Fashion Footwear Association of New York (FFANY) representatives recently presented the John Wayne Cancer Institute Breast Center with a check for more than $450,000 from the charity event.

“For many years, we have greatly appreciated QVC and FFANY’s generosity and deep commitment to finding a cure for this dreadful disease,” said Armando E. Giuliano, chief of science and medicine and director of the John Wayne Cancer Institute Breast Center. “We are making tremendous progress in research and education, thanks to this high level of support.”

Since its inception, the QVC Presents “FFANY Shoes on Sale” event has sold over one million pairs of shoes and raised over $26 million to be donated to leading breast cancer research and education institutions.

Event organizers say it is the largest fundraising event in the shoe industry, where dozens of top name brands, such as Nine West, Anne Klein New York, Via Spiga, Calvin Klein, Coach Footwear, UGG Australia, Cole Haan, Frye, Timberland, Michael by Michael Kors and Naturalizer, donate products to help fund research for a cure for breast cancer.

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