Beautiful Brassieres Raises $15,000 for Breast Cancer Patients

250 guests, including breast cancer patients, survivors, doctors, hospitals, and a community of supporters, attended Beautiful Brassieres on April 5, 2017 at Watermill Caterers in Smithtown, N.Y. This fundraising auction, hosted by A World of Pink and Victoria’s Secret Angel and Wander Beauty co-founder Lindsay Ellingson, raised $15,000 in proceeds,  portion of which will go to A World of Pink Foundation, the Stony Brook Cancer Center, the American Cancer Society, and Remember Betty.

photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2017 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939

The night started with a cocktail hour and silent auction, where guests bid on bra art created by survivors, medical professionals, sponsors, and advocates. Each bra was accompanied by an inspirational story and featured designs ranging from hand-sewn flowers and pearls to carefully placed seashells, wine corks, and jewels. Guests were invited to make their bids while enjoying a spread of hors d’oeuvres and live doo-wop music.

“This night was all about raising money for direct patient care. To be able to share beautiful artwork created by patients themselves and those who support them was truly special.”

  • Christine A. Guarino, RDH, CMF, CFm,
    founder and president of A World of Pink

Lindsay Ellingson photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2017 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939

Following the cocktail hour, guests were brought into the elegantly decorated reception hall for the main event—dinner, speeches from Guarino, the American Cancer Society, A World of Pink patient Shawand Marquez, keynote speaker for the night Donna Drake of Live it Up!, and the live auction.

“Our emcee Patrick Dineen really brought it home with the live auction. We had several exciting bras available made by our special guests. Paddles were flying for the bra made by retired MLB player Patrick Lennon, who offered autographed baseball hats with his bra; for the bra made by retired NFL safety Erik Coleman, whose N.Y. Jets-inspired bra came with an autographed Jets football, skirt, and two box-seat tickets to any Jets home game of the winner’s choice; and for our host Lindsay Ellingson’s floral bra, which came with a Rebecca Minkoff handbag filled with Wander Beauty makeup.”

  • Christine A. Guarino, RDH, CMF, CFm

photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2017 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939

Other notable live auction items included Donna Drake’s Live it Up bra, which was accompanied by two tickets to a CBS interview, a N.Y. Islanders bra created and signed by actor Ralph Macchio, and Hangin’ Tough, a New Kids on the Block bustier signed by members of the group that came with tickets to their upcoming Total Package tour at Nassau Coliseum and VIP backstage passes to meet Danny Wood, member of New Kids on the Block and founder of Remember Betty.

“It was such an honor to have Remember Betty and Danny Wood so involved with this event. The proceeds from Hangin’ Tough went directly to this incredible organization, which focuses on offering financial support for cancer patients and survivors.”

  • Christine A. Guarino, RDH, CMF, CFm

Christine Guarino, Abbie Vicknair photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2017 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939

Guarino and Abbie Vicknair, executive director at Remember Betty, also presented the newest bra available at A World of Pink, The Betty, created in honor of Danny’s mother Elizabeth. A portion of the sale of each Betty bra will go directly to Remember Betty and is available on AWorldofPinkStore.com and at both A World of Pink locations.

“I want to thank each and every person who attended, donated, sponsored, and volunteered their time to make Beautiful Brassieres a success. I have no words to express what it means to raise $15,000 to directly support patient care, and it would not have been possible without those who supported us and the incredible service provided by our beautiful venue, Watermill Caterers.”

  • Christine A. Guarino, RDH, CMF, CFm

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