WOW! We plan and stress for so long and then Piggin' Out for Pink flies by before we know it! This year's event was yet another success. The event was held at the Old Cannon Towel Store in Cannon Village (Kannapolis, NC). The building is property of the North Carolina Research Campus and was donated to our local non-profit. (THANK YOU TO NCRC for your generosity!!)
Chelish Moore worked her magic on this building! It went from being an empty retail space with blank walls to a beautiful venue dazzled with pinks. The tables were adorned with black accents, white flowers, pink candles, etc. Two bright white billowing drapes hung in the center of the venue dividing the tables, gathered with pink bows. Job well done, Chelish! We received so many compliments as people entered the doors.
We had a gorgeous old PINK car out front of the venue! Great photo op for our survivors! (Thank you to Linda for letting us show off your fabulous pink car!)
After our delicious dinner by Punchy's Diner, we asked two of our survivors to share their stories with everyone. The first to share was Donna Rowland. She attended last year's Piggin' Our for Pink just days after her mastectomy. She was inspired and this year, she is a part of our exhibit as a proud survivor.
The key to Donna's story is getting mammograms! She mentioned that she almost skipped last year's mammogram, which ended up being the one that they discovered the cancer through. And you're never too old for a mammogram! Since her diagnosis, her mother and aunt (both in their seventies) were diagnosed with breast cancer!
This year, in addition to the silent auction, we had a live auction led by Alan Fisher (a relative of one of our survivors, Renda Welch). We had some great items to auction including:
"Reel Architecture," a painting donated by John Williams Jr, valued at $500
Opalescence Take Home Whitening System, donated by Renda Welch, DDS, valued at $400
Wines for Humanity In-Home Wine Tasting for 14 ppl, donated by Renee Habrack, valued at $400
Half Day Fishing Trip on Lake Norman, donated by Holbrooks, Valued at $250
$500 gift card to Irresistible Portraits, donated by Karen and Buddy Goforth, valued at $500
White and Pink Gold "Ribbon" pendant necklace, donated by Falls Jewelers, valued at $300
One Round of Golf for Four at Irish Creek, Donated by the Club at Irish Creek, valued at $300
Electric Guitar signed by all members of Rolling Stones, donated by Sports & More Auctions, valued at $1500
"Old Savannah" oil portrait by Melvin Clark, donated by Melvin Clark, valued at $350
3 Day Carnival Cruise to Nassau, donated by Sports & More Auctions, valued at $350
2 Night Trip to your choice of Vegas, LA, or FL, donated by Sports & More Auctions, valued at $250
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO DONATED THESE ITEMS & ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO BID ON THEM!
Renda Ayscue, valued at $50
We also unveiled the 2010 Focused on a Cure survivor exhibit. We had 15 survivor stories to showcase. The metals are designed to feature one of the survivor's portraits by Irresistible Portraits as well as excerpts from their stories. We wish we had room to share every word of their stories!
The exhibit will travel to different locations, businesses, offices, and hospitals in the area. Stay tuned to the blog to see the upcoming dates and locations.
Now for the fun part - to see all the money raised put to work... to fight the disease! We have received grant applications from some organizations across NC that benefit breast cancer - detection, research, rehabilitation, etc. The grants will be judged by a panel of judges next Monday evening. After then final decisions are made, we'll be happy to announce the outcome! Stay tuned.....
Thank you to all our sponsors....
Band of Oz
Bella Bella Creations
C.C. & Company Salon & Spa
Cabarrus Dance Academy
Chelish Moore Flowers
Clifford Compton III, D.D.S.
Coca-Cola Bottling Company
Dream Dinners - Kannapolis
H&H Color Lab
Hurt & Associates
Lake Norman Plastic Surgery
NC Research Campus
Renda Welch, D.D.S.
State Farm Insurance -Matt Woodford, Agent
Sugar & Spice
The Breast Center at Stanly Regional Medical Center