2023 LI Luncheon & Fashion Show
PINK ROCKS AT THE PARAMOUNT - OH WHAT A NIGHT!
Pink Aid's 10th Anniversary celebration, Pink Rocks!, at the Paramount was nothing short of ELECTRIC! The Paramount's marquee was lit up pink for the night as 750 guests arrived to begin the evening with VIP pre-parties in the Founders' Room speakeasy and the Spotlight Bar. Guests then made their way to the Main Stage area of the Paramount, which was completely transformed with a professional fashion show runway and special Pink Aid setting for the night.
The crowd was amped and ready to Rock as the lights went down and the fashion show began, with a gorgeous lineup of professional models showing the "Best of Fall 2023" looks from Mitchells in Huntington. The night's MC, Dave Price from NBC, and Pink Aid's annual host Chris Mitchell then kicked off the night, thanking Title Sponsor Unique Health & Fitness and the Pufahl Family, along with the over 60 sponsors and generous supporters throughout the venue.
Founding Past President Ali Mitchell & 2023 Event Chair Susan Cohen reported on the incredible impact Pink Aid has made in just 10 years, delivering Compassion Until There's a Cure to thousands of patients here on Long Island, and now NATIONALLY helping patients in 43 states.
Pink Aid's inaugural Guest Speaker, Geralyn Lucas, returned to the Pink Aid stage for a moving, yet comedic take on her battle with breast cancer and the patients she now helps as a volunteer within the breast cancer community. Geralyn's passion is early detection, and she encouraged everyone to keep on top of their annual cancer screenings, while underscoring the importance of Pink Aid's mission to help the underserved community battle breast cancer with dignity and compassion.
Bidding hands soared as the Live Auction kicked off with the annual hit, Mitchells' "Year of Shoes," followed by a VINCE Shopping Extravaganza and trips to Walt Disney World and the Makweti Safari Lodge in South Africa. After hearing directly from grateful Pink Aid recipients, generous paddle raise donors contributed funds to support Pink Aid's Emergency Financial Assistance Program. This program provides emergency assistance within 24-48 hours, keeping food on the table and the lights on for breast cancer patients in need, on Long Island and across the country.
The evening's program concluded with the pinnacle of every Pink Aid, the Celebration of Life Fashion Show. This year's survivor "Rock Stars" included fourteen women and one man, highlighting the little known fact that nearly three thousand men are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. The crowd cheered as each warrior took to the runway, walking with a special person who had supported them during their cancer journey.
The night wrapped with an incredible concert by Long Island's own Mike DelGuidice and his band. Mike performed a mix classic rock anthems, including Billy Joel -- who Mike tours the world with as a member of Billy's band -- Led Zeppelin and Journey. Guests leapt to their feet and finished the night dancing from their seats and on the runway!
Pink Rocks! at the Paramount was a record-breaking success, raising over $1Million for underserved breast cancer patients in need. Funds raised will provide grant funding for some of the 25 local Long Island breast cancer organizations Pink Aid has supported in its first 10 years, as well as critical resources for Pink Aid's national Emergency Financial Assistance program.
A heartfelt Pink Aid thank you to all attendees and supporters. Thank you especially to Dave Price, Geralyn Lucas, the Paramount team, everyone at Mitchells, Sponsors, guests, the incredible Rock Star models, all the Pink Aid Volunteers, and Mike DelGuidice and his band!
THANK YOU for Celebrating 10 Years of Compassion!