Cups Full of Hope!
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Talk about being surprised, I was speechless (which for me is unheard of) when my bra, What’s Black and White and Scary All Over? was selected as the top undergarment at last night’s Success in the City Cups Full of Hope charity event for the Tigerlily Foundation, a breast cancer awareness and support group that helps women under 40 .
Success in the City (SITC) is a women’s networking organization that celebrates the important relationships that women have with each other. We’re about having fun, showing a little glam, and becoming friends. The friendship then becomes networking and the “deals on heels” follow. I’ve been a member of this organization almost from its inception and in full disclosure, I’m proud to sit on the advisory board.
SITC partnered with the Tigerlily Foundation and created the Cups Full of Hope charity event. People were encouraged to design a bra and submit it to a competition. The bras would be auctioned at the end with proceeds going to the foundation.
I’m not much into handicrafts and my talent is with words so I set out to create a “talking” bra. But I didn’t know what to say. I thankfully have had little exposure to breast cancer in my life so I needed to find those words. I turned to the online breast cancer forums and read what women with breast cancer were saying. I was looking for good news. News of survival and rebirth. I didn’t find any of that. I found women like me except they had become medical experts citing cancer diagnosis and mutation information along with detailed pharmacology reports. I found the realities of illness. The loss of vanity when you accept that you have no hair – anywhere on your body – due to chemotherapy. I saw another side of life. I learned that breast cancer for all of the great support and promotion that many amazing charities do is not pink and girlie. Breast cancer patients don’t want to wear pink. Many are proud of their stories and survival but no one sets out to be a hero or an inspiration.
After several days of reading these threads and survivor stories I was exhausted, a bit depressed, and scared. So many women said that it’s not a case of why me God but why not me? I was then faced with having to make a bra. I had some cute ideas and I wanted something funny but there is nothing funny about breast cancer. I wasn’t able to make anything glamorous or fun. I bought two bras, one black and one white and sewed them together. I then took the black side and wrote what I had learned about the ugly side of cancer. One the white side I wrote about the not so pink side of recovery. The two halves are joined in the back by an emblem that says hope.
Fast forward to the event. The bras were in true Success in the City style – beautiful, funny, and over the top. Each bra was showcased on a Lucite stand and the tables were elegantly skirted. I walked the room and with dozens of entries there was a lot to see –hand painted designs, flowers, beads, googly eyes, gorgeous, whimsy, and glam. There quietly sat the ugliest bra in the world. I put a bid down on it so at least it wouldn’t be left for the trash and I could take it home.
As they announced the runners up I slunk back a bit into the crowd, quietly waiting to make my escape home. When they announced my bra as the winner I was stunned. Ugly bra won. After the buzz calmed down one of the judges came to congratulate me. She is a pre-survivor. She has a genetic mutation that predisposes to both breast and ovarian cancer. She had seen the diseases sweep through her family and knew that it was inevitable. She chose to have a double mastectomy and hysterectomy. The pathology report after the operation reveaedl that some of her tissue was already in a pre-cancerous state. She told me that she and the other judges (also survivors) were immediately drawn to my submission because it got the message right. The fun bras were fun but my bra told the story of what this horrible cancer is all about.
I am proud that I got the message right and that I was able to make other people understand. As a writer, my greatest satisfaction comes from people telling me just that. I’m sad too because I was able to tell a horrible story. I’m still looking for the good news. Everyone is. And though ugly bra won, the glam bras are fantastic too because that is what women make when they come together to support one another – something fantastic
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Vegas is Still Calling! Annual Fund Pep Rally September 8th
We’ve heard you loud and clear – give us more! More signature events, more meaningful connections, and more stress relieving fun! When you speak, we listen. And giving you more of what you want is what the Vegas Baby Champagne Campaign is all about.
The Vegas Baby Champagne Campaign isn’t just a one-time spectacular event. It’s an opportunity to take your success to the next level throughout the year. And if you haven’t joined the fun yet, don’t worry. There are still plenty of chances to participate, mix, mingle, chuckle, and cheer. Oh, and did we mention that participation in this event doesn’t cost you a dime, and you have the chance to earn spectacular prizes?
Join us September 8th as we get the latest dish on how our teams are doing. It’s a pep rally extraordinaire and we hope to see your smiling face!
Vegas Baby Champagne Campaign Pep Rally (cocktails included)
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Let’s Do Lunch at The Tower Club
Monday, August 9, 2010 | 11:30am-1:30pm
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Members: $39 / Non-Members: $49
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Sponsor: $150 per luncheon
The table is set and you’re invited. Oh you beautiful thing, it’s time once again for our monthly portion of me-time, diva-time, laughter and great food in a stylish setting with your friends.
Your palate will be overjoyed with savory food and the company of incredible, sassy and very successful women. If you’ve heard about our monthly luncheon you know how sweet it is, and if not you are one very lucky hip chick because you made the list.
Cups Full of Hope
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 | 6 – 8pm
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An inspiring event, Success in the City is honored and proud to bring you Cups Full of Hope, a heart and thought-provoking art exhibition and fund raising event to benefit our own local non-profit, Tigerlily Foundation, that helps support women confronting breast cancer!
Cups Full of Hope celebrates and honors the lives of those confronted with breast cancer and those we have lost. Our gathering will feature bras that have been transformed into amazing works of art while bringing together survivors, supporters, benefactors and friends.
BRA SUBMISSIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN AUGUST 27th
Our SITC judges will choose 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize in the exhibit. Join us as we support the Tigerlily Foundation in the fight against breast cancer while we view creative works of bra artistry!!
Silk/Title Sponsor: $3,500
Satin Sponsor: $1,500
Lace Sponsor: $1,500
Cotton Sponsor: $500
Flannel: A donation of $50 or more to Tigerlily will get you a shout-out in our newsletter!
Learn more about each Sponsorship’s benefits by clicking here!
CIT (Center for Innovative Technology)
2214 Rock Hill Rd. | Herndon, VA 20170
CostMembers: $65 / Non-Members: $85
$25 to submit a decorated and designed-by-you bra!
|Success in the City and the Washington Business Journal are partnering to bring you an opportunity to highlight your company in a business card format in 4-color on a Success in the City full spread. You can reach more than 100,000 business decision makers in the Greater Washington area. That’s less than 1¢ or a penny per person by advertising in the most widely read business publication in DC!
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Maimah Karmo 36 – Aldie, VA “I stopped asking why and began thinking how, and then asking what I could do to make a difference instead of looking to someone else to make a change.”
When Maimah Karmo, a young single mom, was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer in 2006, she felt alone and was afraid of what the future held for her and her daughter. When faced with the facts that 11,000 young women get diagnosed with breast cancer annually and approximately 1,100 of those women die because of misdiagnosis, Maimah knew she had to make a difference.
Even though Maimah lacked the financial resources to start a foundation, her wish to help was more powerful than her fear. In 2006, Maimah founded the Tigerlily Foundation to end isolation and improve the quality of life for young adult cancer survivors by educating and inspiring them to become vigilant self advocates. For two years, Maimah used her own money to pay for start-up and administrative costs, juggling personal bills and those generated from the Tigerlily Foundation. Then, in May 2008, Maimah held her first fundraiser. Since then, the foundation has started bringing in money, enabling it to provide services such as buddy bags, meals and financial assistance to young women enduring cancer treatment.
Younger women have unique needs such as dealing with misdiagnosis and potential metastasis, financial and insurance challenges, fertility, neurological issues after treatment and adapting to life after breast cancer. Tigerlily Foundation is committed to providing these women with a bridge to the other side of cancer with hands-on, daily support – until there is a cure. Women receive services such as the Chemobuddy Program, which provides volunteers to drive patients to and from treatment or to support them with visits, calls, cards and more, and Funds for Families, which offers assistance to cancer patients in need of financial support. Fearless Females is another program offering make-up and support for women undergoing chemotherapy.
Tigerlily Foundation reaches out directly to young women in universities, women’s groups, community events, and clubs to educate them about breast cancer. Through this grassroots approach, the Tigerlily Foundation has reached more than 7,000 young girls and women. That’s why Maimah is a 2009 Woman of Worth. “” Hear Maimah discuss her work ORGANIZATION Tigerlily Foundation 11654 Plaza America Drive #725 Reston, 20190 Tel: 888-580-6253 email:email@example.com
Congratulations Maimah – you are a woman that inspires us all! Cynthia de Lorenzi