On Saturday, October 8, FACES: A Night of Pink Hope filled the Sheraton Annapolis Hotel with love, charity and goodwill. Hosted by Robert Andrew Salons and Spas and featuring Paul Wharton as the Master of Ceremonies, the evening started on a spectacular note and only went up from there. This exquisite runway hair and fashion show was sponsored by RA Cares, Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis, Chesapeake Medical Imaging, Christina Keane, Fastsigns of Annapolis, Capital One Bank, Relysh, CORT Furnishing, Sly Horse Studio, and Stage Right Productions, to name just a few. All of the proceeds resulting from A Night of Pink Hope went to benefit the We Believe Foundation’s Pink Hearts of Hope Fund which helps young women who are battling breast cancer.
As the guests stepped onto the lovely pink carpet and posed for pictures, they were dressed in their finest outfits and many women were wearing pink to outwardly support this wonderful cause. Those who obtained VIP tickets were treated to elegant hors d’oeuvres, delicious cocktails, and were able to take part in a silent auction where items up for bid included $400 worth of chiropractic services at the DeMaio Chiropractic Family Practice, a signed baseball by Baltimore Orioles player Brian Roberts, a romantic weekend getaway at the Silver Tree Resorts in Deep Creek, and more. VIP guests were also entertained by Kennedy Center performing artist, Kristina Granados. There were many well-known faces in the crowd, including husband and wife music artists, Ginuwine and Solé.
At 7:45, the attendees took their seats and prepared to be wowed and emotionally touched all at the same time as the lights dimmed and the fashion show began. Robert Andrew Zupko, CEO of Robert Andrew Salons and Spas, and his daughter, the President of Robert Andrew Salons and Spas, Melissa Eppinger, served as co-hosts for the event and Paul Wharton took center stage as MC. From the moment all three individuals took the stage, the guests immediately acknowledged what a special and wonderful event this would be.
Jinahie, a spoken word artist, had the crowd enthralled and touched. Her heartfelt recitation produced the standing ovation of all standing ovations. She recited a poem revolving around a mother speaking with her daughter about the young girl’s cancer and had much of the audience either wiping away tears or trying desperately not to become emotional. After Jinahie had left the stage, they had to bring her back out to settle the crowd down and get them back in their seats.
Once the runway show was put into motion by the fabulous music being spun by internationally-known DJ Neekola, professional models and young women who had been diagnosed with cancer began striding down the runway. Prior to every runway walk, there would be footage played detailing a woman’s personal dealings with cancer where they would highlight three words associated with their illness. Many of the words included hope, friendship, love, courage, family, support, and others. All women shared a common theme…strength. Once the video footage was played, that woman who described her battle with cancer would hit the runway with a fierceness and determination one rarely sees in everyday situations. As each woman would make their walk followed by professional models modeling the designs of Cloud9 Boutique, Zweet Sport, Zachary’s Jewelers, Little Treasury Jewelers, Diamond Cutters of Maryland, and Mijou, the guests would barely be able to stay in their seats.
The event also featured Sarah Miller, President of We Believe Foundation, and Terri Shaffer, Executive Director of Pink Hearts of Hope Fund, who took the stage and talked a bit about the importance behind these two organizations and the results which the funds from such organizations have been producing. There were also cancer survivor models on platforms around the room who were introduced and had their stories told as well.
Towards the end of the evening, Paul Wharton chatted with the crowd from the runway and helped with a live auction to generate more money for this wonderful cause. His energy throughout the entire event was exceptional and he was the perfect individual to take the role of Master of Ceremonies. The fashion show closed with a performance from some of the Washington Redskins cheerleaders and the Baltimore Ravens cheerleaders each taking the stage to perform a short routine for the crowd. As guests left the room with their exquisite swag bags filled with beauty products, retailer vouchers and other useful items, their faces were filled with looks of appreciation for the individuals whom they were there to support and the need to do something more for such a worthy cause.
In addition to the individuals listed above, this night was a complete success due to the hard work of Robert Andrew’s Artistic Director, Brian Washburn; Runway Coordinator and Celebrity Stylist, Rose DiFerdinando; Technical Producer, Andrew Larris; Event Producer and Promoter, Eddie Fam; and Public Relations Professional, El’Jay DeShield.
All those who attended A Night of Pink Hope were extremely lucky to have shared something so special and pertinent. This was more than a night out on the town for most…it was an opportunity to help in the fight against breast cancer.