On Thursday March 21, 2013, women of Chester County headed out to The Social Lounge in West Chester at the Celebrate Your Sexy Event, which was held in support of breast and childhood cancers. The event mixed delicious food, fabulous fashion, live models, beauty consultations, custom bra fittings, raffle prizes from Calista Grand Salon and Spa, and even a book signing by Dr. Ted Eisenberg and his wife Joyce, who recently published “The Scoop on Breasts: A Plastic Surgeon Busts the Myths.”
Dr. Eisenberg, who has performed over 5,000 breast surgeries, explained that the book’s purpose is to spread the word about breast health and give women information. Women who attended the event could buy the book along with their tickets. A part of the proceeds for each book sold goes to the Linda Creed Breast Cancer Foundation. The foundation’s core program is to provide free mammograms for women who have little or no medical insurance.
Living in Chester County (LICC), run by Angela Myrtetus, Arleen Pecone, and Kat Homanck, got Dr. Eisenberg involved in this event. Their company was created to help residents and business owners of Chester County to be more connected to their community. Kat Homanck reached out to Dr. Eisenberg, because she had been a patient of his.
“He was amazing,” Homanck raved, “The hospital was awesome and everyone was so caring. They treat you like a family there! Not only was I comfortable, but the operation left me feeling more like woman.”
LICC also partnered with Nich Boutique at the event. The owner of Nich, Kristy Mak, provided guests racks of stylish clothes to browse through. Models walked around the event to show off Nich’s latest fashions and ended the night with a fashion show. Weld Photography took pictures of the Nich models during the show and attendees throughout the event.
Guests could also get free consultations and beauty advice. Mandy Sauler of Captivating Cosmetics is a board certified medical tattoo artist, who provided consultations at the event. Services of Captivating Cosmetics include eyebrow, eyeliner, full lips, scar camouflage, and areola complex. Sauler, who has been a tattoo artist for 18 years, explained that she’s different than many of the people in the medical field who perform this type of service.
“I’m already an artist,” Sauler said, “Women who have had breast cancer can use these services to cover their scars. The areola complex is also as a great alternative to nipple reconstruction.”
Hope Chest was also there to help women care for their breasts. This store provided free bra fittings and displayed beautiful lingerie to further promote celebrating your sexy. Hope Chest supports Free the Girls, which is an organization that collects donated bras and gives them to women who are homeless or cannot afford to buy their own bras. Anyone can donate old bras to the store on Haverford Avenue to help this organization.
Kisses for Kyle was another charity the event supported. Sharon Snyder started this charity after her son Kyle died of Leukemia in 1998. Her foundation not only donates money to families who are suffering from childhood cancer to pay off expenses, but also gives the patients and family members special experiences such as makeovers, taking girls to the American Girl store, art raffles, and fun festivals.
“When we give them an experience they look forward to it and talk about it,” said Snyder, “It’s so nice when the kids can get together and they’re not the kids who look or feel different than everyone else.”
Guests at the event could donate to Kisses for Kyle via the photo booth set up where sexy ladies could take their pictures. Whether you are affected by breast or childhood cancer, Snyder explained it’s important to be positive. As Snyder put it, “despite the bad that’s involved with cancer, there’s still good,” and the Celebrate Your Sexy Event was a perfect example of this.