Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Where to Spend a Friday Night

Last October, I was lucky enough to attend the Susan G. Komen "Honoring the Promise" Gala at the Kennedy Center. This is an annual gala that celebrates those who have helped to not only promote breast cancer awareness, but also those who are determined to find a cure. Specifically, it honors "those on the front lines of the breast cancer fight with special awards of distinction in Medical and Scientific Research, Advocacy, Community, and Global Leadership." It was a special event for me for a number of reasons.

First, my mother is a breast cancer survivor. She was able to avoid chemotherapy, radiation, etc. all due to early detection. It's a message that Komen strives to deliver to women, and I am so incredibly grateful for that. Second, it was the first time I'd ever been to the Kennedy Center. It was everything I had envisioned it to be. Grand, beautiful, historical. Third, I got to dress up and spend a fancy night with the guy I was dating and with some of my close friends who also attended the event.

So, when I learned the date of the gala this year (Friday, September 28th), I added it to my calendar immediately. And then when I discovered a few weeks ago that there was an upcoming event, the "young professionals 'honoring the promise' kick-off chocolate and champagne reception," I jumped on it. That event is tonight. The minimum donation for the event is $100, but each $100 will help provide one mammogram for a woman in the DC metro area, specifically in Wards 7 and 8, which have the highest breast cancer mortality rates in the nation.

While it is too late to RSVP for tonight's event, it got me thinking. I wish that more of my friends had known about it. Could make that $100 donation (which, btw, also counts as your ticket to the 2012 gala), and help a woman in our city get the mammogram that could end up saving her life.

But it's not too late to do something. Tickets are still available for this year's gala. Last year, it was an incredible event. Below is a clip of the featured performers. And this year's event is expected to be just as much fun. Think about it, you get to dress up fancy, watch great performers, drink fancy cocktails, nibble on delicious food...and all the while you are helping raise awareness about breast cancer and helping to promote the good work that Susan G. Komen does each and every day. I don't know about you, but I can't think of a better way to spend a Friday night.

Tickets for the 2012 "Honoring the Promise" gala can be purchased here. Additionally, Komen offers a fairly significant discount for young professionals, allowing us to contribute to the cause without breaking the bank.

I hope you all will consider attending this event.

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