On Our Quest for the Cure, Pink Tie Ball Raises Record-Breaking Funds

Susan G. Komen Orange County’s seventh annual Pink Tie Ball was a huge success! More than 400 attended the lakeside gala, which was held last Saturday, May 11 at Lake Mission Viejo.

Women in gorgeous flowing gowns and men in sharp suits and tuxes walked along a path of floating candles and entered the gala beneath a pink shooting star archway.  As servers offered hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, guests mingled and placed bids on silent auction items.


More than 200 handmade stars were hung for the “Stars of Hope” opportunity drawing. For a donation of $100, guests could choose a star created by survivors and friends of Komen Orange County, and were given a chance to win one of three prizes from sponsor Black, Starr & Frost, including a grand prize of a set of 18-karat white gold constellation star earrings featuring 0.65 carats of round brilliant white and black diamonds (valued at $6,000).

As the sun began to set, pink lights cast a glow around the edges of the venue. At dinner, Pink Tie Ball co-chair and breast cancer survivor Estela Riela shared her touching story of survival and explained that the event’s theme “Quest,” which promotes the search for a cure, was inspired by the lyrics of “The Impossible Dream” from “Man of La Mancha.”

Estela and Sam Riela 2-AndyArt Photography

TV newsman and returning Pink Tie Guy Ed Arnold introduced the 2013 Pink Tie Guys before asking the previous classes to join them in front of the stage. This year’s Pink Tie Guys are:

Hector Infante, Dennis Parks, Sam Riela, Scott Sherman, Dr. Melvin Silverstein (Ed Arnold middle)-AndyArt Photography

The Pink Tie Ball raised $385,000 through live and silent auctions, sponsorships, ticket sales and revenue opportunities throughout the evening. Seventy five percent of the funds raised will go back into the community for breast health education, services and mammograms for underserved and uninsured men and women. The remaining 25 percent goes towards ground breaking global research.

Thank you to all who attended the 2013 Pink Tie Ball and helped contribute to our mission of serving women and saving lives. Keep an eye out on our Facebook page over the next few days for photos from the event!

A Komen OC Winter Wonderland

In the midst of a blustery, frosty and cold holiday season (typical for Orange County, of course), we at Komen Orange County, have been working tirelessly to create an original holiday jingle to the tune of “Winter Wonderland,” which asks for the public’s help in funding Orange County mammograms.

Biting the cold and trekking through snow-lined pine trees (or more like mild rain and palm trees), we tracked down a number of Orange County faces we think you will recognize (not for their singing talent), to tighten up their scarves and meet us by the holiday tree in order to help us spread these important words along with a little cheer.

The result is a creative and unique year-end appeal we hope will make a difference in our fundraising this holiday season. The video is now complete and we’re proud to share it with you.

We encourage you to get cozy, grab a spot by the fire and turn up the volume. We hope you’ll watch, enjoy, laugh and share with friends and family. Most importantly, please consider donating as little or as much as possible this holiday to help underserved and underinsured women have access to life-saving mammograms. Our goal is to spread this message throughout Orange County and beyond. To make a difference, visit: http://www.komenoc.org.