Susan G. Komen has become synonymous with the fight against breast cancer and the research that works toward finding a cure. As Miguel Perez, Susan G. Komen’s Vice President, Affiliate Network, stated “I believe in Komen because Komen has been leading the way for a long time.” Locally, Susan G. Komen Austin’s Race for the Cure provides the bulk of their raising for the year, but the third annual Perfectly Pink Party went a long way to helping women in the community and providing for research nationally. Between the live auction and Fund A Need portions
of the program, more than $150,000 was raised. Additionally, the Pink and Pizzazz gift bags, heads or tails game and raffle also aided in helping to raise more than $367,000 to continue the mission of Komen.
The night began with the VIPink cocktail reception, which took place outside on the patio. During this time, guests had the chance to mingle upstairs, have their photograph taken or even take their own pictures at the “selfie station.” When the program began, attendees settled in to be reminded of why everyone was present: to help women (and men) fight against this deadly disease. As Executive Director of Komen Austin Christy Casey-Moore said, breast cancer does not discriminate and can affect anyone regardless of race, gender or income. Nearly everyone present was a survivor or a co-survivor, supporting a family member or friend who had or was fighting breast cancer. This year’s event co-chairs, Deb Davis Groves and Martha Fletcher Coons, also chaired the
inaugural gala but will be handing off the reins for next year’s event. Groves stated that she loves the Perfectly Pink Party here in Austin in part because it has an intimate feel and yet was still filled with supporters. As a survivor herself, Groves understands the need for organizations like Komen and all of their local partners.
The evening’s program highlighted the amazing story of Kari Blythe, who approached Komen when she needed testing and treatment for her breast cancer. She attended the event as a guest of honor and showed first hand the amazing work the organization does in the community. Additionally, Miguel Perez spoke about
his experiences as a co-survivor because his sister died from breast cancer in 2002. Since then he has participated in the Race for the Cure each year to honor her memory and hopefully prevent women from getting this disease in the future. The Pink Diamond awards were presented to outstanding members of the community who have made a difference. Winners included former board president Rick Reeder for outstanding volunteer and Stacy and Gary Mefford for the newly named Ana Sierra Warrior award, which honors Ana Sierra who passed away last year and received the Warrior award in 2013.
After the program, the live auction began with auctioneer Gayle Stallings of FUNauctions. As always, she brought
the crowd into a bidding frenzy. Groves’ mother Iris Davis, also a survivor, started off the Fund A Need with an outstanding $20,000 which was matched by another attendee. At the close, Deb Davis Groves took the stage to toast the incredible amount that was donated on the night – and to auction off Gayle’s gloves in Perfectly Pink Party tradition.