The 50 Shades of Pink Foundation, founded by award-winning OBGYN and tv personality Dr. Jackie Walters, presented its 5th Annual Fashion Show Fundraiser on Saturday, October 14. The event was in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and used to raise money for breast cancer survivors and their families.
Over 200 guests attended the “Great Gatsby” themed affair, showered in pink glamourous decor. Guests were dressed in 1920s-inspired suits and flapper-style dresses. Actor/author/philanthropist Hill Harper hosted the event and was kind enough to share his own cancer story.
Emmy Award-winning poet Hank Stewart kicked things off with an original heartfelt poem. He was followed up by welcoming remarks from Atlanta Municipal Court Judge and honorary event chair Terrinee Gundy and 50 Shades of Pink Foundation executive director Gary Andrews.
The fashion show opened with a tap dance routine by Chloe Arnold’s Syncopated Ladies. Next, the runway was flooded with dozens of models showing off designs by Linda Bezuidenhout and Bramer Leon Couture. Most of the models were breast cancer survivors who had recently gone through their battles with the condition.
After the fashion show, an auction for the 50 Shades of Pink’s signature Gift Basket Program took place. The program provides women with critical items needed to look and feel good during treatment. Individual donors were able to fund over 100 women to receive baskets.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed closed the program with a surprise check for $20,000 to the foundation to further their efforts to bring comfort and care to breast cancer survivors. Special guests in attendance were Atlanta City Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms, “Married to Medicine” stars Dr. Heavenly Kimes, Mariah Huq, Curtis Berry and many more.
Sponsors of the 50 Shades of Pink Fundraiser were Ford Motor Company, The Cochran Firm, Coca-Cola, Jack Daniels, All N One Security Services and JMW Entertainment.
For more information on the 50 Shades of Pink Foundation, visit 50ShadesofPinkFoundation.org.