Tickled Pink for Bright Pink celebrates 10th and raises awareness for breast and ovarian cancers

Tickled Pink for Bright Pink celebrated its 10th anniversary at Morgan Manufacturing with more than 1200 partygoers, most wearing various shades of pink in honor of this organization’s mission to focus and raise awareness for the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer.  The festive atmosphere could be felt from the street as guests pulled up in front of this pre-Chicago fire, 32,000 sq. ft. warehouse that glowed pink from within.  Pulsing music, swirling lights and creative decor put me on sensory overload from the moment I walked through the door.

Everywhere you looked, there were fabulous food stations from more than 50 Chicago hotspots.  I particularly loved the sky-high pink cake decorated with breast cancer ribbons in sugar from Vanille patisserie.  To add even more fun to the festivities,  Vanille president Sophie Evanoff and her two cute co-workers had donned pink page-boy wigs!   The Chicago Players band had everyone on the dance floor including some dramatic looking female impersonators who everyone wanted to grab a selfie with.

The 10th anniversary theme was prominent throughout with exciting event decor by Justin Jacobson’s Platinum Events that featured oversized ice sculptures at various bar stations carved with the number “10” and unusual floating pink designs hanging from the ceiling.  Windy City Live’s Val Warner served as the event emcee again this year and was hurrying home when we ran into her having been up since 5 am.  (And she still looked FAB!)  She introduced hosts Jodi Fyfe, founder of Tickled Pink, and Lindsay Avner, founder of Bright Pink.

Fyfe created Tickled Pink in 2005 in honor of her cousin Carrie Kenney, who died from breast cancer at age 35. She said: “Carrie’s whole thing was living for today and appreciating every moment. Tonight isn’t about being sad, it’s about celebrating your lives here and now.”  Avner spoke about the importance of early detection and said, “Because of your support, Bright Pink will have the opportunity to expand our breast and ovarian health educational programming to reach more young women and save more lives.”

A silent auction, upstairs and downstairs lounges and photo booths offered guests more opportunities to mingle and raise funds for this great cause.  Congrats to Jodi and Lindsay for all the good they do in Chicago and beyond!

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