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Ashley Craig may be Type A when it comes to her mainstay as an accountant, but Miss A brings out this A’s creative side. While pursuing her Masters in Accounting from the University of Washington, Ashley cultivated a passion for all things beautiful. As a result, you’ll find her talking about anything from the causes of the financial crisis to the best lip plumper. A native Seattleite and current resident of Bellevue, she adores exploring all the glitzy bars, cozy cafes, swanky shops and buzzing beauty salons the Seattle area has to offer. Her other interests include playing piano (she has dabbled in classical composition), techno music and chasing cute animals.

Recap: Bald And Beautiful Gala At Suite Lounge Benefiting The Pink Gene Foundation

Pink Gene Foundation founder Tera Martin and Bachelor contestant Lindzi Cox (Photo Credit: Suite Lounge).

Pink Gene Foundation founder Tera Martin and Bachelor contestant Lindzi Cox (Photo Credit: Suite Lounge).

The Pink Gene Foundation hosted its first Annual Bald & Beautiful Gala at Suite Lounge in Bellevue, raising over $32,000 for breast cancer awareness and prevention.  The event featured a silent and live auction including a special date with former Bachelor contestant Lindzi Cox, as well as aerial art performances and music by Movin’ 92.5 DJ Jose Balanos.

Funds from the event will be used to generate awareness among young women regarding the BRCA1/BRCA2 gene, and to promote early detection and alternative treatment therapies. The organization seeks to build on recent momentum by providing financial support to young women battling breast cancer and those at high risk for the disease; allowing them obtain genetic testing and alternative therapy options that are not covered by health insurance.  Tera Martin, founder of The Pink Gene Foundation, knows first hand the critical need for these options among young women: at only 28 years old, Tera is battling stage 3B breast cancer.

Support for Tera and her cause was strong, with many local businesses coming together to sponsor the evening including thelashlabs.com, founded by Washington native, Sharon Eva. “When I started the business, I put a lot of thought into what philanthropic impact my company could have that contributed in a meaningful way back to the community ,” said Eva. “Chemotherapy treatments causes women to lose their eyelashes, eyebrows, hair, and health and it’s such a devastating blow to a woman’s confidence to lose all of her hair. So, I decided we would donate synthetic eyelashes to women going through chemotherapy treatment, as a small way to give her back some sense of herself that she could recognize when she looked in the mirror. We started a campaign called Kill the Cancer Campaign, which for every eyelash set our customers purchase, we donate two strip eyelash sets to a cancer patient.”

The event was also sponsored by Belvedere Vodka and Suite Lounge — with a portion of bar proceeds going toward the cause.

For more information about Pink Gene Foundation, follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

*Written in collaboration with Kim Vu.

Sharon Eva of Lash Labs, Tera Martin of Pink Gene Foundation, and Kim Vu and Ashley Craig of Miss A (Photo Credit: Suite Lounge).

Sharon Eva of Lash Labs, Tera Martin of Pink Gene Foundation, and Kim Vu and Ashley Craig of Miss A (Photo Credit: Suite Lounge).

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Hosted by Suite Lounge Bellevue, The Pink Gene Foundation Bald and Beautiful Gala raised over $32,000 for breast cancer awareness and prevention (Photo Credit: Suite Lounge).

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