Held in Georgetown at The Powerhouse, the annual Newbabes Bash: The one night where the Newswomen and Newsmen of local stations come together for a good cause. This year the event benefited Survivors Offering Support (SOS).
Washington’s Coalition of Female News Broadcasters started the Newbabes Bash in 2009 to raise awareness as well as to raise funds for Breast Cancer causes. These Newswomen were tired of just reporting the statistics of Breast Cancer. Determined, driven and passionate about this cause, these ladies came together to do more than just report Breast Cancer, they came together to raise awareness, to help prevent cancer going undetected and they each in their own way helped promote women to get mammograms and it ended up saving a life of one of their own: Newscaster Amy Robach of Good Morning America. Though Amy Robach was unable to attend Newsbabes this year, she sent over a video that was inspiring, sharing her own personal story and how she is on her way to recovery!
In addition to ticket sales, the Newsbabes were raising funds by auctioning off RGIII’s cleats! Not just any pair of cleats, but autographed pink cleats he played in last October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Pink was the signature color of the evening, with pink Gelato and Sorbet from Dolci Gelati and treats from the popular Georgetown Cupcake!
The Second Lady of the United States, Dr. Jill Biden, was the guest speaker of the evening. While donning her pink dress and matching pink shoes, she expressed to the guests how each of us can do something to help those going through Breast Cancer. “Do small things, small gestures” and by that, she went on to list ideas such as cooking a meal to offering a ride to a doctor’s appointment. Dr. Jill Biden has been an advocate for raising awareness about Breast Cancer ever since it became a real part of her life when several of her friends were diagnosed.
While making my rounds snapping pictures, someone caught my eye. A blonde bombshell in a hot pink dress, as glamorous as ever, stood among the many guests at the bash. I just had to get a picture of her. This guest was no stranger to the social scene of DC, this was Michelle Schoenfeld. Michelle is a survivor of Breast Cancer, a true champion! “Fought like a girl…and won!” congratulations on your victory, Michelle!
Barry Glassman said “This doesn’t happen, competitors coming together.” emphasizing how important Breast Cancer awareness is, that each broadcaster put aside the stigma of being competitors for the night in hopes to achieve reaching more people and empowering each person with more knowledge about Breast Cancer, on how we can prevent it, detect it early, and support those going through it.
The Newsbabes Bash wasn’t just for women! I had the pleasure of meeting Brian Silver , an Ambassador of Men Against Breast Cancer. Supporting those fighting Breast Cancer is an integral part to their recovery. The mission of Men Against Breast Cancer is to “Offer support for the women we love”.
It’s no coincidence that the Newsbabes Bash was held at a venue called “Powerhouse”, as this entire evening, this cause, this coalition of Newswomen and these survivors are powerhouses themselves. These ladies in the news, our local DC celebrities, they’re reaching their goal, they are doing more than reporting statistics, now they are saving lives. Breast Cancer can happen to anyone, family history or not . Please, join this movement of prevention and awareness, get a mammogram today and encourage others to do so as well! Remember, knowledge is power – learn more about Breast Cancer to empower yourself and others!