Kicking Up a Celebration at the 2018 Pink Boots Ball
On Saturday October 27, the 9th Annual Pink Boots Ball took place at the Ritz-Carlton, drawing more than 300 people for an elegant night of fun and philanthropy to benefit the mission and work of Carolina Breast Friends. We also used the occasion to celebrate our 15th anniversary as an organization.
It's called the Pink Boots Ball because when our founder, Kristy Adams-Ebel was rediagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, her husband gave her a pair of pink cowboy boots to kick the heck out of cancer. And she did just that for the next year and a half, wearing the boots proudly and often! Today those boots reside in a place of honor at the Pink House, and they're also the namesake for the Ball.
These days, it's also a fitting name because of the way guests kick up their heels on the dancefloor when the band starts to play! In fact, throughout the event there's lively energy for a good cause: celebrating breast cancer Survivors and funding our mission to support them through our programs and services.
Speaking of lively, the emcee for the evening's program was media personality Ramona Holloway from 107.9 The Link's Matt & Ramona show. Decked out in a lovely dress, fittingly accessorized with bright pink boots, she honored not only the name of the Ball but the spirit, as well. Ramona--a longtime friend of Carolina Breast Friends--spoke passionately about our history, our mission, and our role in the lives of women and men with breast cancer. With wit and grace, she expertly hosted the program and even played auctioneer for the live auction portion of the night! We can't thank her enough for her time and talent.
The evening's program featured heart and soul. Board Chair Beth Harrelson read a proclamation from Mayor Vi Lyles, declaring October, 27, 2018 Carolina Breast Friends' Day in honor of our 15 anniversary, and everyone in the room stood and raised their glass for a toast. Pam Phipps, Board Co-Chair and one of our founding members, led the invocation, noting that the 15th anniversary of the organization is also her 15th anniversary as a breast cancer Survivor. Executive Director Lynn Erdman painted a moving picture of a typical week at the Pink House. Even the live auction, sponsored by Dr. Todd M. Kopczynski of Souteast OB/GYN, and fund-a-need portion of the night was full of heart, with more bidders than at last year's event. Wrapping up the program, Terrie Reeves and Charlton Alicea, the judge's choice winners from this year's Dancing with the Stars of Charlotte to Benefit the Pink House (see story), dazzled the audience with a reprise performance of their winning number. It was a program to remember, followed by amazing live music by Soul Psychedelic Orchestra and a packed dance floor of happy ball goers!
Ultimately though, breast cancer Survivors are at the heart of everything we do, so we are grateful to have had the chance to recognize the many breast cancer Survivors in the room. We also look forward to putting the proceeds from the Ball directly back into the work we do for Survivors throughout the greater Charlotte area.