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Race Teams…Meet Ashleigh Klein!

Ashleigh (left) and her mom who is a five year breast cancer survivor

Ashleigh (left) and her mom who is a five year breast cancer survivor

Ashley Klein is Komen OC’s newest staff member and will work directly with Race for the Cure Teams!

Ashleigh knows all about starting a Team, recruiting Team members and fundraising. For the last four years, Ashleigh has been the Team Captain for Tough Titties, a Team started between a friend and Ashleigh in honor of the survivors in their lives. To date, Tough Titties has raised close to $50,000 for Komen for the Cure! 

Below are two simple tips from Ashleigh:

Talk about your Team – to everyone! I told everyone I came in contact with about my Team and why the Race was personally important for me to be a part of. I used lots of enthusiasm to convince people to join my Team and it worked! You can also give some facts. It’s hard for someone to turn down an invitation to join a Team or donate money when you let them know that 1 out of every 8 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.

Don’t be afraid to ask! Asking for money can be uncomfortable even in the best economic times, but I have found that many people want to donate to charity. They just need to be asked! Ask family, friends, co-workers….even local businesses! Let them know that even $15 will bring us closer to ending breast cancer forever.For more tips contact Ashleigh at teams@komenoc.org

Team Captain registration is now open. Visit www.komenoc.org to register for the Race today!

Wings of Hope

Breast cancer survivors are the heart and soul of the Komen Orange County Affiliate. Survivors are currently creating handmade whimsical butterflies for our Pink Tie Ball (June 6 at Noguchi Garden at Pacific Arts Plaza). Each butterfly is unique and contains a personal message of hope. The butterflies will create a colorful display at the Pink Tie Ball  for “Wings of Hope”-one of the fundraising opportunities of the evening. Each guest will be able to select a butterfly to enter in an opportunity drawing for amazing gifts. The ultimate prize for “Wings of Hope” will be a diamond and pearl necklace donated by Winston’s Jewelers valued at $20,000. (Even if you can’t attend the Ball, you can make a donation for one or more of the butterfly keepsakes and be entered to win.) Of course, the real winners of the evening will be the women and families in Orange County who will benefit from the Ball’s proceeds. Contact Tami Thompson for more information at tthompson@komenoc.org




More Great Press!

Our recent annual Breast Health Symposium was an inspiring day joining together breast cancer survivors and advocates ready to educate themselves on finding a cure. We were glad to have OC Life Magazine join us:


Find their story HERE.

Komen OC in the News This Week!

We have been so excited to appear in some Orange County news articles this week announcing the topics of our new Board of Directors and the donation we received from Conquest Racing.
You can see one of these articles, in the OC Metro, by clicking HERE.
A piece on our new President of the Board ran in the Orange County Register’s Fountain Valley View below, as well as HERE online.
Chris Tannous in the Fountain Valley View

Chris Tannous in the Fountain Valley View

Join Komen OC & the Los Angeles Angels by Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer!



 To show their support of Going to Bat for Breast Cancer, Angels Baseball Players will wear pink wristbands and pink ribbon decals on Mother’s Day, May 10th. Additionally, specially designed Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer merchandise will be available on-line and at Angel Stadium.  Join Komen OC as we wear pink and make noise in Angel Stadium’s Pink Zone. Click here for specially priced tickets. 

Fans everywhere are encouraged to join in the action through the 1st Annual Honorary Bat Girl Contest. Individuals who embody passion and dedication for the breast cancer movement will be selected as Honorary Bat Girls and be celebrated on-field during the game. Do you know a young woman who is a devoted baseball fan and has a compelling personal story and a true passion and commitment to the fight against breast cancer? We want to hear from you! To submit your nomination, please visit www.mlb.com/honorarybatgirl

Conquest Racing Makes Donation to Komen OC!

Eric Bachelart, Sonja Ness Stockton, Alex Tagliani, Lisa Wolter, and Jason Priestley

Eric Bachelart, Sonja Ness Stockton, Alex Tagliani, Lisa Wolter, and Jason Priestley

We are so pleased to announce that Conquest Racing has joined Komen OC in the battle to end breast cancer! The IndyCar Series team, in collaboration with with ODW Logistics and Jason Priestley of television fame, presented a $10,000 check to Komen, and will be raising awareness by placing a Susan G. Komen for the Cure decal on the front wing of their #34 Conquest car.

On Friday, a giant check was presented to Lisa Wolter, our Executive Director, by Conquest team owner Eric Bachelart, driver Alex Tagliani, ODW Logistics rep Sonja Ness Stockton, and Jason Priestly, co-owner of Rubicon Sports Agency.

“We are incredibly excited about this contribution and are thrilled to have Komen’s presence on the #34 car, raising awareness that everyone can help end breast cancer,” said Lisa Wolter. “When generous and unexpected donors like Conquest Racing step forward, they provide much needed funds to help local women who are battling breast cancer. Race car driving is typically a man’s sport, and here they are showing how much they care!”

Many thanks to Conquest Racing, ODW Logistics, and Rubicon Sports Agency for your generous support!

A Vote for Jeana on Bravo’s A List Awards Could Mean $10,000 for Komen OC!

Vote for Jeana!

Vote for Jeana!

Real Housewives of Orange County star Jeana Keough is in the running for Bravo’s A List Fashion Show award, and if she wins, she’ll be donating her $10,000 prize to Komen Orange County to help women and families who are facing breast cancer! It is in our hands to make this happen… all we have to do is VOTE HERE for Jeana… and vote OFTEN! We are so honored to have the support of our favorite Housewife as we work to combat breast cancer.

The good that will come of this donation is more than worth the time it takes you to vote! WE can make this happen, a vote for Jeana is a vote for Komen!

Voting closes Monday May 4th at 7am PST, and you can vote as many times as you like until then. VOTE NOW!

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Would you Try it On for the Cure?


Komen OCColdwater Creek

When it comes to raising funds for breast cancer research, what could be more fun than going shopping? Thanks to Coldwater Creek, shopping – not even buying – is all it takes to raise donations for Komen for the Cure. That’s right, we at Komen have partnered with the casual fashion retailer Coldwater Creek for “Try It On for the Cure®” on Sunday, April 19, to raise money in the fight against breast cancer.

No purchase is necessary to make this fundraiser happen! Just stop by a Coldwater Creek location in Orange County, and for every woman who enters a dressing room and tries on any apparel from their extensive collection, Coldwater Creek will donate $1 to Komen OC. And for those who do make an in-store purchase during the one-day fundraister, 10 percent of the day’s sales will be donated to Komen as well.

This is an easy, fabulous and fun way to help Komen end breast cancer forever! The Coldwater Creek locations in Orange County are listed below (click links for maps): 

Westfield Main Place – 2800 N. Main Street, Santa Ana 92705

South Coast Plaza – 3333 Bear Street, Costa Mesa 92626

Shops at Rossmoor – 12191 Seal Beach Blvd., Seal Beach 90740

The Shops at Mission Viejo – 482 The Shops at Mission Viejo, Mission Viejo 92691 


The Race is coming!

The 2009 Race for the Cure is coming up again! Save the date for September 27, 2009. Team Captain Registration started today on our website (click on the “learn more” button). Check it out and spread the word!


Despite some cloudy weather, last year's race was a huge success.