Last Thursday I attended Komen Greater NYC’s Young Professionals Committee’s Painting Wall Street Pink event which was held on the Trading Floor of the New York Stock Exchange. It was amazing to see the front of the famous New York Stock Exchange uplit in my favorite color — PINK!
This was the fifth year for the event which raises awareness and funds for the Greater New York affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. The Young Professionals Committee is comprised of 35 young Manhattan executives and professionals. Their mission is to raise awareness and engage this rising generation in the fight to find a cure for breast cancer. Sponsors for the evening included:
- Mid Cap Sponsor: Intralinks
- Supporters: Alternative Investment Management LLC, Compliance Science, Estabrook Capital Management LLC, and Korn/Ferry International
Attendees arrived at 7 p.m. to mingle, nosh on passed hors d’oeuvres and sip cocktails on the Trading Floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The crowd of 325 attendees enjoyed the opportunity to be photographed “ringing” the trading bell.
This was the first official event for Komen Greater NYC’s brand new CEO, Linda McNeil Tantawi who was introduced during the short program by my friend, Eric Brinker, nephew of Susan G. Komen and son of the global nonprofit’s Founder, Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker. I spoke to Ms. Tantawi who has spent her career working in the nonprofit sector, and most recently served as Executive Director for CJ Foundation for SIDS, is a national non-profit devoted to eliminating the tragedy of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. In her new role as CEO of Komen Greater NYC, Ms. Tantawi will lead Susan G. Komen for the Cure®‘s largest affiliate. Painting Wall Street Pink is expected to have raised over $100,000 for Komen Greater NYC.
Founded in 1990, the Greater New York City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is a leading advocate for the breast health needs of underserved New Yorkers. Komen Greater NYC distributes 75% of its net income to fund local breast health education, screening and treatment programs and to increase clinical trials enrollment. 25% of net income funds national research to find a cure for breast cancer. Susan G. Komen for the Cure® has granted more money to breast cancer research than any entity aside from the U.S. Federal government — $740 million in research, with $58 million given in 2012 alone.
I had an opportunity to speak with Chairperson and Founder, Komen Greater NYC Young Professionals Committee, Sandra Kozlowski. She started the young professionals group five and half years ago in memory of her grandmother who she lost at the age of 12 to breast cancer. Her grandmother was misdiagnosed, and Sandra vowed to work to find a cure, and make sure other women have access to screenings to detect cancer early.
At 9 p.m. the crowd moved to Cipriani Club 55 on Wall Street to continue the fun. Guests were greeted with a pink Bellini upon arrival and enjoyed the delicious pasta buffet and music spun by Generation Events DJ Jason Fioto . The silent auction included: Travel for two anywhere in the U.S. from JetBlue ($1200), CHANEL silk scarf ($400), Cuisinart Blend & Cook Soup Maker ($219) and Single Serve Brewing System ($219), Birchbox annual membership ($120), basket of Conair and Rusk hair products ($250), Pair of beautiful Coye Nokes shoes ($500), and night in the Executive City View Suite at Trump International Hotel & Tower.
Upon leaving guests received a great swag bag filled with items such as the first season of HBO’s GIRLS, Clear Cut by Ginny Jordan, Peeled Apple Clusters which were delicious and healthy, $15 credit to JewelMint, $20 gift card for UBER, 2013 Manhattan Pocket Diary, free class at Bikram Yoga Herald Square, Precision MD Relastin Eye Silk, and a pass to the Top of the Rock.
To inquire about becoming a YPC member, joining a committee or sponsoring an upcoming event, please email Nicole Sebastian at KomenYPC@gmail.com.