The Late Shoe Legend Vince Camuto Receives Posthumous Honor

Louise Camuto
Louise Camuto establishes the SWCRF Vince Camuto Memorial Cancer Research Program.
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Footwear industry legend Vince Camuto, who died of cancer in 2015, is being honored by his wife, Louise, with the establishment of a cancer research program in his name at The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation.

Camuto was posthumously honored on Thursday at its 19th Annual Benefit Dinner & Auction in New York, which also marked the 40th anniversary of the research foundation.

“It was heartfelt for me,” said Louise Camuto, who accepted the honor in memory of her husband. “Dr. Waxman does research [focused] on curing cancers such as breast and leukemia with other cures than chemotherapy or radiation.”

The three-year research grant, added Camuto, was awarded for the great work the foundation does and its team’s refusal to give up when it comes to finding a cure for the disease.

According to Dr. Waxman, designer John Varvatos who received the foundation’s 2015 Fashion Cares award, introduced Camuto to him. “He made sure Louise and I met,” said Dr. Waxman. “Louise came to my lab, heard our story and was moved to help us create a program on aging and cancer. She really listened and got it.”

Joyce and John Varvatos Joyce and John Varvatos were in attendance to support the event. Courtesy of Patrick McMullan.
Roger Daltrey of The Who was the evening's special musical guest Roger Daltrey of The Who was the evening’s special musical guest. Courtesy of Patrick McMullan.

Also at the event was Larry Tarica, former president of Jimlar and longtime supporter of the foundation: “It does amazing work, pooling its resources for proper research.”