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A season of gratitude

As this year is coming to an end, we reflect back on our gratitude for the millions of dollars that you, Komen OC supporters, have helped raised in 2017; the thousands of volunteers that give their time and talent help fight against breast cancer; the hundreds of sponsors that have stepped in to make events like the Pink Tie Ball and Race for the Cure possible; and the dedicated board of directors and staff that lead this organization every day.

We’re grateful for your donations

  • Our biggest fundraiser of the year, Race for the Cure, raised more than $1.2 million this year! Since its inception in 1991, the Orange County Race for the Cure has raised nearly $40 million toward cancer research and awareness.
  • This year’s “On the Edge” Pink Tie Ball event raised more than $635,000 to fund the next generation of research and local initiatives to achieve the organization’s Bold Goal, to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026.

Did you know that 75 percent of the funds raised through Komen Orange County events like the Pink Tie Ball and Race for the Cure support local breast cancer awareness and education programs right here in Orange County? The other 25 percent is allocated to the Komen Award and Research Grant Program to fund groundbreaking breast cancer research, and to support Komen researchers in their quest for a breast cancer cure.

Volunteers from this year’s Race for the Cure

Volunteers from this year’s Race for the Cure

We’re grateful for your time and service

  • More than 1,600 volunteers assisted in preparation for this year’s Race for the Cure, at booths, water stations, on the course and clean-up.
  • An exclusive group of 7 Orange County male advocates committed to the local fight against breast cancer were named Pink Tie Guys, joining 77 other Orange County businessmen and community leaders selected over the past decade.

We’re grateful for our leadership

Three members joined Komen Orange County’s board of directors for 2017-2018.  Elizabeth Chao, MD, University of California, Irvine, and Lisa Sparks, Ph.D., Chapman University, are new to the board, while Lisa E. Guerra, MD, Breastlink, is a returning member.  This addition brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership to the organization, furthering its fundraising efforts and community awareness throughout the year.

New board of directors for 2017-2018.  From L-R: Lisa Sparks, PhD, Elizabeth Chao, MD, and Lisa Guerra, MD

New board of directors for 2017-2018.
From L-R: Lisa Sparks, PhD, Elizabeth Chao, MD, and Lisa Guerra, MD

We’re grateful for our sponsors

And last, but not the least, we are grateful for our sponsors, including our third party supporters. We have developed wonderful relationships with our sponsors and supporters, and without them, we would not be able to do half of what we do.

Our 2017 sponsors include:

ABC7; The Allergan Foundation; BNP Paribas; Carol & Becky Burch; Chevron; Cox Communications; Experian; Fashion Island; First American Title Insurance Company; Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Harald Herrmann; Tari & Alain Hirsch; Holland & Knight; Hot Ticket Racing; Ingram Micro; Kaiser Permanente; Knott’s Berry Farm; Lee Ann Canaday of The Canaday Group; Macy’s; Modern Luxury Orange County; Myriad Genetics; The Orange County Register; Orora Packaging Solutions; Pacific Life Insurance Company; Park Newport Apartment Communities; Plaza Bank; Ralphs and Food4Less; Saks Fifth Avenue; Karen & Scott Sherman; Smart Levels; 100.3 The Sound; Spa Gregories; Sparkling Ice; Tom & Marilyn Sutton; Karin & Scott Wheeler; Winston’s Crown Jewelers.

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The Men Behind the Pink

When we hear the word “breast cancer,” oftentimes, we view the topic as a women’s issue. But at Komen OC, that is not the case. While breast cancer is about 100 times less common among men than among women, we understand that the disease affects us all. We also believe that more community involvement can help us get one step closer to the Komen vision: a world without breast cancer. So 10 years ago, Komen OC launched an exclusive, invitation-only club to encourage Orange County businessmen to join the fight against this disease. In return, members own a prestigious Pink Tie Guy title.

Since 2006, Pink Tie Guys have leveraged their strong community ties to help Komen OC engage more community leaders, raise funds to support breast cancer treatment and research and bring breast health awareness to their employees. Those who hold this distinguished title include breast cancer co-survivors and loved ones of those who have lost their battles to the disease, along with prominent business leaders across a wide range of industries who provide year-round fundraising support and draw attention to the mission and critical work of Komen OC.

Pink Tie Guys at the 2008 Pink Tie Ball

Pink Tie Guys at the 2008 Pink Tie Ball

Each year, Komen OC honors seven prominent Orange County businessmen at its annual Pink Tie Ball, a glamorous fundraising event which has raised more than $5.6 million for breast cancer research throughout its 10-year history. Men who are nominated for a Pink Tie Guy designation have shown unwavering commitment to bringing us one step closer to the Komen mission of creating a world without breast cancer.

2016 Pink Tie Guys with past Pink Tie Guy classes at the 10th Anniversary Pink Tie Ball

2016 Pink Tie Guys with past Pink Tie Guy classes at the 10th Anniversary Pink Tie Ball

We are grateful for the dedication that 70 men have shown to our organization and mission over the past 10 years and we look forward to continuing to recognize, and mobilize, more deserving Orange County businessmen to carry the Komen promise into the future.

If you weren’t able to attend the 2016 Pink Tie Ball but are interested in attending our next signature event, registration is now open for the 25th Anniversary Race for the Cure on Sept. 25! Register before July 31 for the early bird price of $25. When you donate an additional $25, you also will receive a limited edition 25th Anniversary medal.  You don’t want to miss this deal so sign up today: http://bit.ly/25odnyi.

Carrying the Promise into the Future

Have you or someone you know been touched by breast cancer?  Komen Orange County is working hard every day to reduce breast cancer occurrences in Orange County and carrying the promise of creating a world without breast cancer into the future. This year is a monumental year for our Affiliate as we celebrate 25 years of service in Orange County. When we began our journey as the Orange County Affiliate in 1991, we set out to mobilize a community of breast cancer advocates with a common purpose: saving lives. We’re proud to say that since our inception, we have contributed more than $36 million for local breast health programs and research. Thank you all for your continued support.

Recently, we held our 10th Annual Pink Tie Ball at AV Irvine and raised more than $700,000 to bolster the local fight against breast cancer.

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This special event was spearheaded by five well-known co-chairs –Harald and Austin Herrmann, Julie Ann Ulcickas, Khanh T. Tran and Denis Kalscheur — who helped ensure the most successful Pink Tie Ball to-date. Harald and his son Austin gave an emotional tribute to Austin’s mother, Kathie, who was taken by breast cancer when he was only eight years old. Each guest received a bronze calla lily, Kathie’s favorite flower, to memorialize her and symbolize the frailty of life.

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Komen OC Board President Gretchen Valentine and co-chairs Harald Herrmann, Austin Herrmann, Denis Kalscheur, Julie Ann Ulcickas and Khanh T. Tran

At Pink Tie Ball, seven prominent Orange County business leaders were recognized as the 2016 class of Pink Tie Guys, a title given every year to men who promote breast cancer awareness within the business world and the community. The distinguished men joined 70 others chosen over the last ten years as Pink Tie Guys and include:

  • Reginald Gilyard, dean, Chapman University’s Argyros School of Business
  • Craig Glorioso, shareholder of Real Estate Practice, Greenberg Traurig
  • Douglas S. Ingram, CEO, Chase Pharmaceuticals Corporation
  • Lupillo Ramirez, MBA, hispanic product/private label and differentiation director, Northgate Markets
  • Mark Rutherford, senior vice president, human resources, First American Financial Corporation
  • Philippe Schaison, EVP and president, Allergan Medical
  • Joe Stein, consultant, Simply Innovative
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Pink Tie Guys Reginald Gilyard, Craig Glorioso, Mark Rutherford, Douglas S. Ingram, Philippe Schaison and Joe Stein

Thank you to everyone who attended Pink Tie Ball and supported the Komen mission of creating a world without breast cancer. Without you, Komen OC would not be able to continue providing life-saving breast health care and programs to women and men in need.

Join us in carrying the promise into the future by registering for our 25th Anniversary Race for the Cure on Sept. 25. $25 early bird registration is now open and is will continue through June 30. Register at: http://bit.ly/27bf9ks