Perfectly Pink Party benefits Komen Austin
Over 250 people displayed every possible shade of pink when they attended the Austin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s inaugural ”Perfectly Pink Party” on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at Shoal Crossing. The event, which is now the Affiliate’s second-largest fundraiser after the annual Race for the Cure, netted more than $95,000, which will be invested in local breast health programs and research grants.
The event also honored organizations and individuals that are making a difference in the fight against breast cancer with the new Pink Diamond Awards. The first ever honorees were:
Peg Neuhauser, Michelle Reynolds & Elizabeth Bishop, former committee chairs for the Komen
Austin Race for the Cure (Outstanding Volunteer)
Michelle’s Angels (Warrior) —accepted by Wes Gromlely on behalf of the Bynum, Tull & Barber families
GSD&M, founding Komen Austin Race for the Cure sponsor (Community Partner) – accepted by Melanie Mahaffey, Communications Director
Congressman Lloyd Doggett (Excellence in Advocacy)
Barbara Berry, Rally Ambassador for Sun City’s Rally for the Cure (Outstanding Philanthropist)
The celebration was filled with music by local musician Ruby Jane and Houston based DJ and string quartet, Collide. Guests had several opportunities to impact the local fight against breast cancer including a live auction and “fund-a-need” led by Gayle Stallings, energetic owner of FUN Auctions. Additional fun was had with the Pink & Pizzazz mystery bags with treats from Kendra Scott, Neiman Marcus, W Austin and other local merchants and restaurants.
Event Co-Chairs Deb Davis Groves and Martha Coons rejoiced with their committee as the bids continued to mount. As a group, they saluted the work of the Komen Austin staff for the essential role the staff played in the success of the event.
The Affiliate’s largest fundraiser, the Komen Austin Race for the Cure, is set of November 4, 2012. Registration for this event will open on June 5 at www.komenaustin.org.
Robert Godwin has been covering the non-profit scene in Austin from the time of blue jeans and backyard barbeques to the black-tie galas of today. With over 20,000 events recorded by word and photo, Godwin leads the leagues in rubber chicken consumption. As a constant witness to the power of publicity, he now seeks to enlist a legion of assistants by sharing his knowledge of the publicity process.