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BRIGHT PINK HIGH TEA FOR THE WOMEN WE LOVE RECAP

BRIGHT PINK HIGH TEA FOR THE WOMEN WE LOVE RECAP

Kelli Zink, Lindsey Avner, Alicia Roman

Success is measured by the impact you have amongst your peers and community. Lindsey Avner, founder of Bright Pink, and her dedicated team have amassed success and accolades since Bright Pink was established in 2007. What started off as a way for her(Lindsey Avner) to share her experience and resources with other young women across the country at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer, has become a national platform¬† in the fight for awareness, research and fundraising of ovarian and breast cancer.On Sunday July 15, The Standard Club of Chicago hosted over 350 supporters of Bright Pink. Emceed by Celeb TV’s Kelli Zink and NBC 5 Chicago’s Alicia Roman, the daytime event evoked a sense of familiar warmth and pride to be in a room of courageous women that have battled cancer as well as those helping to raise money and awareness. Avner thanked all in attendance especially those that have supported the high tea all 5 years they have been hosting it. Bright Pink has expanded to 8 chapters with 4 ally cities(that’s HUGE!!)They held a first of many tweet chat about legal/financial/health insurance issues young women face while going through such difficult time. Giuliana Rancic credited Bright Pink for helping her get through when she was diagnosed and had to undergo double mastectomy and her public support has propelled the organization to new heights said Ms. Avner.

Sonya Jackson, President of United Airlines Foundation & Managing Director Corporate and Community Affairs at United Airlines was presented, by Lindsey Avner, with the Bright Impact Award. The Bright Impact award recipient is someone that has made a brilliant bold impact and an avid support of the breast cancer movement. Ms. Jackson has been a tireless supporter of the cause.  Ms. Jackson thanked her parents for their grace and compassion and she will continue to be an advocate for the cause.

Sisters Meltem and Yasemin Zeytinoglu, Erica Schmeck and Angela Smith shared their courageous stories as examples of young women in the Bright Pink community. Dr. Katherine Yao, Bright Pink’s expert panel member and OBGyn at Northshore University Healthsystems spoke about some questions you can ask your doctor regarding early detection and prevention of breast and ovarian cancer. Guests in attendance included: Cassandra Gaddo, Dr. Kathleen Larkin, Dr. Mark Sisco, Erica Bethe Levin, Assata Peterson, Stacy Levy, Tracy Schmidt and many more.
Musical entertainment by former Broadway performer, Lori Akers, who sang Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope you Dance” an


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