Million Dollar Milestone

Cindy Thomsen is thankful her breast cancer was detected early. She took that feeling of being lucky and turned it into more than a million dollars – to be used helping other women in their fights against breast cancer. Cindy’s message about early detection was woven into her “Million Dollar Milestone” on July 26 when her golf tournament — Reds, Whites and Greens Charity Golf Classic – officially raised over one million dollars since it started in 2003. The eighth annual golf tournament raised $193,605 dollars on July 26, bringing its total donation to the Orange County Affiliate of Komen for the Cure to $1,057,605.

The celebration after a day of golf at the Newport Beach Country Club has highlighted by a standing ovation for Cindy and her committee, a champagne toast, a taped message of congratulations from Ambassador Nancy Brinker, the founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and in-person thanks from Eric Brinker, son of Nancy Brinker and nephew of Susan G. Komen.

There was a lively auction, hugs and a gift for every breast cancer survivor in the audience, but also heart-felt remarks from Christine Romer, a survivor who was diagnosed at the age of 28, and a poignant tribute to Victoria Ahrentzen, who died this month from breast cancer.

Cindy was 33 when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer. At 37 her cancer came back, but she still felt lucky. She was sure her early detection improved her chances. To celebrate her end of treatment, she founded the Reds, Whites and Greens golf event. It was a way to combine her love of wine and golf, and to raise money and awareness for breast cancer and Komen for the Cure. We send a million thanks to Cindy and her committee, the sponsors and golfers who made the Million Dollar Milestone come true.

A Million Reasons to Attend

Cindy Thomsen with Nancy Brinker

Do you enjoy golf? Do you appreciate wine? Do you want to be part of a “million dollar moment”? If any of your answers are yes, we will see you at the Reds, Whites & Greens Charity Golf Classic on July 26 at the Newport Beach Country Club. This will be the 8th annual event and proceeds are expected to put the cumulative total over one million dollars – all benefiting the Orange County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

The golf classic was started by breast cancer survivor Cindy Thomsen who was first diagnosed in 1998 at the age of 33. She loves golf, she loves wine, so she decided to combine her two hobbies into one event. A second bout with breast cancer in 2002 cemented her passion for breast cancer research and education. Having been a very young target for breast cancer, Cindy feels extremely fortunate to have successfully battled the disease twice and credits the improvements in both breast cancer education and diagnostics for her early detection and ultimate recovery.

Cindy chose the Komen Orange County Affiliate as the sole beneficiary of all proceeds from the Reds, Whites & Greens Charity Golf Classic. To date, the event has raised $867,000.

Eric Brinker

We will see you on July 26th, along with Eric Brinker, the son of Komen founder Nancy Brinker and nephew of Susan G. Komen, who will be there to congratulate Cindy.  Go to to sign up to play, to purchase a tee sign or to attend the dinner and auction to celebrate with Cindy and her committee.