The Doral Business Council Women’s Alliance Group brought over 100 people together for a great cause on October 16 amidst vibrant pink flowers ornamenting the room while rose-colored champagne filled glasses of donators.
The “Pretty in Pink” Breast Cancer Awareness reception benefiting the Florida Women’s Breast Health Initiative was certainly a success with dozens of supporters filling Sofitel Hotel’s finest lounge. Guests were encouraged to come adorned in all shades of pink ranging from pastel to flamingo tones to show support for the fight against breast cancer.
Honorary guest and speaker Andrea Ivory, founder of the Florida Women’s Breast Health Initiative and a breast cancer survivor, spoke about the importance of early detection and how vital yearly checkups are for preventative measures. Her organization has knocked on over 55,000 doors, educating women on the importance of breast cancer prevention and heart care awareness.
The Initiative, a non-profit outreach organization, is dedicated to educating women about breast health and strives to provide resources to help beat the disease through education. Ivory and the Initiative have both been recognized not only by the Congressional Record (111th Congress) but as CNN Heroes and Yoplait Champions, just to name a few.
The DBC and the Women’s Alliance Group would not have been successful without the help and dedication of all our partners, friends and supporters. The W.A.G. committee members thank the Sofitel Hotel that graciously partnered with us to provide a phenomenal location, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails for the reception.
In addition, the WAG committee recognizes Maria Luisa Gonzalez Silva of Baptist Health and Vilma Media of Palmetto General Hospital who supplied guests with goody bags filled with an array of information ranging from self-examination kits to testing information. Dr. Lawson of Palmetto General was also available to answer any questions regarding cancer and cancer treatment.
Through raffles, t-shirt sales and donations, W. A. G. raised more than $1,650 to donate to the Initiative, including a $1,000 check from Baptist Health presented to Ivory and the Initiative. Special kudos go to Nancy Concepcion of Victoria’s Collections for providing beautiful hand-made brooches for each lady present.
The Women’s Alliance Group works to empower and unite women through business and community endeavors, offering leadership, mentoring and direction fully-committed to strengthening women as business, community and civic leaders. The W.A.G. committee composed of members from various industries includes Maria Mendez (AmTrust Bank); Teresa Tundidor (Mercantil Commercebank), Nubielena Medina Gomez (NMG Consulting), Gloria Burns (Community Newspapers), Marti Bueso (Home Financing Center), Silvia Borges (FNU), Vilma Medio (Palmetto General Hospital), Laura Villaverde (OrthoNow), Lizz Wiegandt (Mary Kay), Sally Villalba (New Dawn), Theresa Gonzalez (Airtech), chaired by City of Doral Councilwoman Christine Fraga (South Florida Small Business Solutions).
The Alliance looks forward to making this event an annual tradition in hopes of providing women with the tools and support necessary to survive, prevent and cure breast cancer.