A World of Pink Hosts the 16th Annual Fall Fashion Festival

Doctors, medical professionals, cancer patients, and their families joined together to celebrate survivorship at the 16th annual Fall Fashion Festival held on October 20, 2016 at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook, N.Y.

Hosted for the past 15 years by Stony Brook Medicine, this year marked the first under the wing of A World of Pink. The proceeds of the event benefited cancer patients at Stony Brook Medicine to support programs, resources, and amenities, as well as A World of Pink Charity, where it will be used to provide under or uninsured women on Long Island with supportive bras and prostheses.

“I was honored to have the torch passed to my company by Stony Brook last year. We wanted to honor the hard work and dedication of Linda Bily, Director of Cancer Patient Advocacy at Stony Brook and 15-year organizer of this event, while making it something that is truly our own. The feedback we have been receiving from our guests has been absolutely tremendous.”

  • Christine A. Guarino, RDH, CMF, CFm

Guests entered Villa Lombardi’s on October 20th walking the red carpet, where their photos were professionally taken before entering the cocktail hour. A glass pavilion held over 80 raffle baskets with prizes ranging from spa packages to Michael Kors coats and a trip to Paris. Local Doo Wop band The Johnny Couples Trio performed for the hour before guests were invited into the dining room for the night’s dinner and show.

“We teamed up with SAKS Off 5th, EVA Boutique, John Pappas Furs, and AnaOno Intimates to put together an absolutely stunning fashion display on the runway. Most of our models are breast cancer survivors and patients at A World of Pink. We also had celebrity models including former New York Jets safety Erik Coleman, MLB player Patrick Lennon, Miss Hudson Valley 2016, Miss Long Island 2016, and singer, songwriter, and actress Sabrina Coleman.”

  • Christine A. Guarino, RDH, CMF, CFm

The show featured the unveiling of The Linda, co-designed by AnaOno and A World of Pink, which is the latest addition to A World of Pink’s line of post-mastectomy bras; it will be available this winter. The night ended with the much-anticipated Parade of Survivors, when all survivors in the audience are invited to walk the runway to standing applause and join together in sisterhood, love, and hope.

“The Parade of Survivors is always the most emotional part of the night, and this year’s was no different. Tears and hugs were shared around the room as we placed beautiful, hand-made flower crowns on the head of each survivor before she walked the runway. The energy in the room was indescribable—you truly felt the strength of each woman magnified tenfold, and each guest was visibly touched by it. I’d like to thank the generosity of the community, our sponsors, donors, volunteers, and my team for their help in making this event a night that will be remembered for a long time.”

  • Christine A. Guarino, RDH, CMF, CFm

With the tremendous success of this year's event, A World of Pink looks forward to hosting it once again in 2017.

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