Stars of Pink

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This was my second year performing the duties as the Model Chairman for the Pink Ribbon Connection Fashion Show sponsored by Nordstrom.  While the models are walking their first scene, the emcee reads a brief bio about their life and connection with breast cancer.  Last year I had to write stories, but PRC had an intern going to school to earn a Communications degree and she took that duty this year.  Perfect!  Probably was the hardest part of the job last year.  Trying to fluff up and spin chemotherapy and surgeries into something positive was not easy.

Another different part this year was I didn’t have to wear my glasses (Lasik preparation) and I had short hair.  But many of last years models, who were volunteering this time, still recognized me and it was great to catch up with them.  Sylvia McNair, a model last year, was our honorary Chair and provided the entertainment for the luncheon guests.  She did a phenominal job!

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Mama brought her friends Tina and Betty all the way from Ft. Wayne to experience the event.

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This year I went in comfy clothes until about 10 am, then changed into the fashion show worthy dress and stilettos.  And I found that I can wear 4 inch heels for approximately 6 hours, then it’s all over.  PRC also used the Stars of Pink event to release their new calendar featuring breast cancer survivors.  Its an easy gift for someone you love who is facing breast cancer and all the proceeds go to the Pink Ribbon Connection.

There is a tradition at this event involving pink balloons.  We tie one to each chair and all send them off to the ceiling to honor anyone involved with breast cancer.  It’s always a moving experience.

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Nordstroms has so many wonderful employees working for them that volunteer their time at this event.  Many thanks to them for being our premier sponsor and making our models feel so glamourous and special.  PRC also brings in personal dressers and professional hair and make up artists to put on the finishing touches.

One of the models cameras wasn’t working, so I gave her mine to use while I ran around. She wasn’t familiar with some of the settings, so not all the photos are crisp.

Our emcee Joy from Channel 8 and the twin stylists Gail and Gwen.

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Prepping for the show.

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We try to get models of all ages, genders and ethnic backgrounds. This year we had Moms and Grandmas walking with their kids or grandkids.

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The models getting their final instructions by one of the twins.

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A look behind the stage.

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And some of the actual runway.

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For now, I’m going to take a break from the volunteer train.  Already got something up my sleeve for another local group but I might want to get paid for that gig!