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.

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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.”

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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!

$125 Fundraising Challenge

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Every dollar counts when fundraising for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

The average cost of a Komen-funded mammogram is $125. If you asked five friends to donate $25, the money you raise could provide a mammogram for an underserved woman in Orange County.

Komen OC has set up the “125 Fundraising Challenge” encouraging Race participants to raise at least $125 each. Our goal this year is to raise $3 million for vital breast health services and to help us succeed we encourage your participation in the $125 Fundraising Challenge.

As we celebrate the lives of those who have battled breast cancer, we must remember the importance of fundraising to support education programs and scientific research toward the fight against breast cancer.

Register now and start raising money toward your goal of $125.

The race is on Sunday, September 23. There is still plenty of time to make a difference!

The 2012 Susan G. Komen Orange County Race for the Cure Registration is Now Open!

Registration is now open for the 2012 Susan G. Komen Orange County Race for the Cure, taking place at Fashion Island in Newport Beach on Saturday, Sept. 23. Every year, thousands of breast cancer survivors and supporters come together to participate in the 5K run and walk which raises funds to provide breast cancer treatment, prevention programs and further breast cancer research for Orange County women in need.

This year, we’ve introduced a new runner’s start time for the first 5K at 7:15 a.m. Other 5K run/walk times are at 7:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m., with a one-mile fun walk at 8 a.m.

Early bird registration is available for a discounted rate of $30 and fees will go up June 30. In hopes of surpassing our fundraising goals, we are encouraging all participants to take part in the 125 Fundraising Challenge, a call-to-action for all of those who register to raise at least $125—the cost of a Komen-funded mammogram.

For more information and to register, go to http://www.komenoc.org/race.

More updates on the 2012 Komen Orange County Race for the Cure to come so stay tuned!

 

2012 Pink Tie Ball

On April 21, the Orange County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure hosted the sixth annual 2012 Pink Tie Ball at the Festival of Arts grounds in Laguna Beach to raise funds for local breast health services for uninsured and underserved women in Orange County.  Nearly 400 local community and business leaders, breast cancer survivors and breast health advocates joined forces and raised more than $360,000 net—surpassing last year’s fundraising efforts.

Harald Herrmann, President and CEO of Yard House Restaurants, was honored for his many years of ongoing support and dedication to the Affiliate. Herrmann is also a Pink Tie Ball sponsor and founding member of the Pink Tie Guys.

The Pink Tie Ball also introduced a new class of Pink Tie Guys:

  • Bob Abbott (artist known as Jerome Gastaldi), Fine Art Communication Technologies and artist creator for The Yard House Art Collection
  • Glenn Gray, Sunwest Bank Chief Executive Officer
  • Dr. Gary Levine, Hoag Breast Center Director of Radiology
  • John Miller, The Page Group Executive VP and Partner
  • Kenneth McFarland, Mission Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer
  • John E. Stratman, Jr., Kaiser Permanente – Orange County Director of Public Affairs
  • Scott Wheeler, Experian North America Chief Financial Officer

These men will act to promote Komen Orange County’s breast health mission in the business world and local community.

Stay tuned for more details from the Pink Tie Ball!

2012 Pink Tie Ball Chairs John Miller and Marica Pendjer

2012 Pink Tie Ball Co-chairs: Michael and Trish Gustafson and Chereen and Lawrence Pasternack

Harald Herrmann, President and CEO of Yard House Restaurants

Sue Parks, Board President for the Orange County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure with the Class of 2011-2012 Pink Tie Guys




Drive for the Cure March 24

Fletcher Jones Motorcars, located in Newport Beach, is joining the Susan G. Komen Orange County in the battle against breast cancer by hosting the first-ever Drive for the Cure on Saturday, March 24, 2012, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

During the event, Mercedes-Benz owners will receive a complimentary 32-point visual inspection and a detailed report of the vehicle’s condition.  Attendees will receive a $30 Fletcher Jones gift card for every $20 donation to the Orange County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Food will be provided by the Anaheim White House, Mercedes-Benz vehicles and Ducati motorcycles will be on display, and there will be complimentary gifts, balloon artists as well as a craft table for kids.

Please RSVP by Monday, March 19, by calling (949) 718-3200. For more information, please visit http://www.fjmercedes.com/susan-g-komen-foundation-service-clinic.htm.

Thank you, Fletcher Jones Motorcars, for your support!

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Race for the Cure – September 23, 2012

The 21st annual Susan G. Komen Orange County Race for the Cure will be held on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, Calif. The Komen Orange County Race for the Cure is one of Southern California’s largest and most anticipated fundraising events, uniting more than 30,000 supporters to celebrate breast cancer survivors and remember loved ones lost to the disease. The Race will allow us to continue our fight to end breast cancer forever.

Seventy-five percent of the funds raised are invested in local breast cancer awareness and education programs, medical and diagnostic services for uninsured and underinsured women, and other unmet community needs through grants to culturally diverse community breast health organizations. The remaining 25 percent is dedicated to the national Komen Award and Research Grant Program to fund groundbreaking breast cancer research.

Registration opens in April so please check back for more information!