The Tribune Media Group hosted its second annual Pink Tie Gala (themed “Mission Possible”) at Riverfront Theater on Friday, October 19, benefitting Susan G. Komen Chicago. The event saluted the 2013 class of Komen Chicago Pink Tie Guys and I had the honor of co-hosting with WGN’s Dina Bair. The night’s selection included eleven male influencers who are making a difference in this battle against breast cancer. These men were nominated by the community and selected by the Komen Chicagoland Board of Directors and represent a wide range of male leaders who live in the Chicagoland area and have a personal connection to breast cancer, a dedication to philanthropy and who help bring awareness to the cause and included Ryan Chiaverini, Dr. Bechara Choucair, Alderman Robert Fioretti, Jonny Imerman, Victor LaGroon, Jim Logothetis, Reverend Percy W. McCray, Wade Miquelon and Dr. Steven Rosen. (Stan Bowman (VP/GM of the Chicago Blackhawks) and former Mayor Richard Daley, honorary chairman, couldn’t attend this night).
Brotha Fred emceed the evening and thanked sponsors Lexus, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Wintrust Community Bank and Walgreen’s. (Walgreen’s Wade Miquelon announced a $25K donation that night for Susan G. Komen). Dina Bair shared her inspiring story as a two time cancer survivor and mother of four and introduced a touching video of Bridget Spence, who has stage four breast cancer.
Other speakers included Komen Chicago’s Executive Director Michael Ziener and the Chicago Tribune’s John O’Neil. “We are honored to have these outstanding leaders in the Chicagoland community working with us to fulfill our mission of a world without breast cancer. While traditionally a woman’s disease, the reality is, men can get breast cancer, too,” said Zeiner. With more than 300 attendees, this event also included fabulous portraits by Rosemary Fanti, a silent auction, a Heads or Tails game, an ActionBooth, a nail booth (courtesy of Walgreen’s), tasty bites from Paris Club (delicious pumpkin soup with lobster and chestnuts!), Mitchell’s Soda Shop and decadent chocolates from Truffle, Truffle.
Susan G. Komen Chicago has been in existence for over 15 years and, to date, the organization has invested more than $12 million funding local non-profits that provide lifesaving services to uninsured and underinsured women in the Chicagoland area. Proceeds ($50K) from the Pink Tie Gala will go back into the community to support low income women for breast cancer screening, education, treatment and support. One in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetimes.
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