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Komen Phila “More Than Pink” Walk Bravely Through the Rain

I hope everyone had a great Mother’s Day yesterday. I loved looking at all the photos of folks with their mom. My family celebrated at my niece’s graduation from UNC Asheville while I photographed the Komen Philadelphia Mother’s Day Walk as I have been volunteering to do for the past 4 years in honor of my mom, my mother in law and my birth mother, all who were survivors of breast cancer.

The alarm went off at 7am, I looked out the window and it was pouring. I asked Alexa what the temperature was – a dismal 50F, yikes.

I threw on my shorts, my pinkish shirt and duck boots and headed out the door and was pleasantly surprised, they came in the name of HER, their loved ones.

Formerly known as the Race for the Cure this year Komen Philadelphia renamed their annual Mother’s Day gathering to More Than Pink Walk, with the mission still the same to raise funds in order to reduce the number of breast cancer deaths.

Another changed they instituted this year was fencing off the Parkway, instituting a registration fee of $35 to participate in the fundraiser, because in the past the Race for the Cure became more of an outing for families, and revenue was lost as people weren’t raising funds to participate they would just show up. It is a fundraiser after to end breast cancer, and support breast cancer programs managed by Komen Philadelphia. That is why it’s More Than Pink, it’s about raising funds.

It was a risk, which paid off despite the dreary weather. We walk because they can’t walk. No doubt it’ll be a bigger success when rain doesn’t dampen the turnout next time.

Over $300,000 was raised by 4,300 donors. More Photos at CBSPhilly.

You can continue to support the Walk through the end of June. Donate online now. Change lives, Save lives. Be More Than Pink! CLICKING HERE


Komen Philadelphia Celebrates The Greater Gatsby While Raising Funds

Komen Philadelphia Celebrates The Greater Gatsby While Raising Funds

On Saturday, October 14, the Susan G. Komen Foundation hosted the 16th Annual Pink Tie Ball to continue their fight against breast cancer at Cescaphe Event Group’s Vie. This year’s theme “The Greater Gatsby”, guests will enjoy an array of activities that play on the popular flapper era including dressing up in the era’s popular flapper and gangster look, their was even a “speakeasy” door with a password that allowed you to enter.

The Smyrna Police Department has a Komen Pink Car

The cocktail party decor was created by Kristine Izak,

while the decor for the ballroom was done by Scott Rothenberger , PLACE


Elaine Grobman, CEO, Susan G Komen Philadelphia and Dr. Sidney Grobman
“We are coming together to support our fight against breast cancer and celebrate the many victories we have achieved together,” says Elaine Grobman, CEO of Susan G. Komen Philadelphia

Dottie Giordano and Frank Giordano, President & CEO of The Philly POPS and President & CEO of Atlantic Trailer Leasing Company
Frank was presented the “Friend of the Fight” Award from Susan G. Komen at the 16th Annual Pink Tie Ball in Philadelphia.



There was a wide array of fun items available to bid on during the silent auction


Jeanette Stephens-El and John Dixon

Gatsby'sStacy and Jules Vorndran

Spirits from Boardroom



Co chairs Thomas Bove and Michele T. Schina  greet the guests as CBSPhilly’s Stephanie Stahl and Natasha Brown look on.
PS Tom and I went to Paul VI together. it’s always so fun to run into him at Komen events. Komen is very near and dear to his heart, and he and his fiance Michele do so much for the organization. He was one of the best dressers in high school, looking dapper above as well; as well as super nice.


Troy Windham, Wendy Newell, MD and Karen Kelly
Troy and Wendy are married, later in life Troy’s sister was diagnosed with breast cancer and Dr. Newel became her doctor. She saved her sister in law’s life.

Gatsby'sEntertainment followed, then dinner and dancing to complete a great night to raise funds to battle breast cancer.

PS PhillyChitChat readers, sorry I missed Wednesday. Thanks for visiting as I see the numbers were still high. As you know Social Season is kicking my butt. So many events. Tonight oh my, The Philly Mag Whiskey Fest at the Linc. Bruce Willis is being honored by the Phila Film Society, and it’s rumored the whole Glass crew will be there, sadly not me, I’m photographing what is going to be one of the coolest Halloween Masquerade parties this year, and in the future – Prospero’s Ball at La Peg. PhillyChitChat’s Mike Hirata will be shooting Timothy’s School Austic Fundraiser in the burbs and there are a lot of other fun parties happening tonight. This weekend I’ll be shooting 2 events Friday, 3 on Saturday, working all day Sunday, then 2 events on Monday. It’s all fun, and I love bringing it to you. I will again promise to not miss a day, I hate when I do that too. Thanks HughE