On Wednesday, October 17, Saks Fifth Avenue held the most amazing kick off party that I have ever had the honor of attending. This party wasn’t about the great food and wine served, it wasn’t about the adorable animals from the Columbus Zoo that were present, it wasn’t about the really great items that were available for the silent auction – it was about the Heather Pick Spirit Fund and Columbus Cancer Clinic, a program of LifeCare Alliance , and twenty eight beautiful women and their friends and families. These women, who between them have about 209.5 years of cancer survivor-ship, strutted their beautiful stuff on the catwalk for the cause!
Saks chose the Heather Pick Spirit Fund as their charity of choice for Key To The Cure 2012. Heather – a news anchor at WBNS 10TV – was a beautiful woman who lost her brave and public battle with breast cancer in November of 2008. It was her wish and is her legacy to help those who needed help to be able to get it without having to worry about finances. That is why she personally chose the Columbus Cancer Clinic as the recipient of the fund named in her honor. The clinic does not provide any medical treatments, it provides education, screenings, and support. The Columbus Cancer Clinic began in 1921 and is the oldest free cancer clinic in the United States. In 2005 the clinic merged into LifeCare Alliance continuing to provide clients with home care support, medication assistance, transportation to and from cancer related medical appointments and so much more regardless of ability to pay. Emergency funds are there to help those home care patients who may be at risk of losing their utilities or even a place to live because of their fight with cancer.
The entire evening was a joyful celebration. Pink was everywhere from mens shirts and ties, womens dresses and blouses, pink ribbons, Shorty the Pink Flamingo (a real one), and several beautiful bald heads. Smith & Wollensky provided the appetizers for the evening which included some oh so yummy mini crab cakes (my faves) and mini carrot and cheese cakes while J. Lohr Vineyards kept the chardonnay and riesling flowing. But the most beautiful, inspiring, and emotional moment of the night was when the beautiful ladies – all cancer survivors of various years and ages – did their thing on the runway while wearing this years Key To The Cure tee shirts along with capes, vests, and handbags from Saks.
There was much clapping, yelling, and cheering from everyone in the audience as they walked, or danced, down the stage beaming, with tears in eyes, and in a few cases seriously hamming it up while the screen behind them told a little bit about them and their inspirations. But they didn’t walk the runway just one time, they walked it a second time while the nights hostess, Angela An of 10TV, read who it was that stood by them, inspired them, loved and helped them carry on. These people – who were their husbands, their best friends, their children – had words of love for them and presented them with a lovely pink daisy whereupon they walked together down the runway; sometimes after some serious smooching and some dance moves. Many of us in the audience were wiping away tears.
At the end, as with all fashion shows, the models all came back out for their final group runway walk to the applause and cheers of all of us and to a shower of pink confetti. Seeing these wonderful women on stage laughing, hugging, dancing…was a truly beautiful thing. It was the sweetest fashion show I have ever been to. Thank you Saks for throwing this wonderful event and for your Key To The Cure support.
(A percentage of everything sold during this friends and family sale time goes to the Key To The Cure fund. You can get something that maybe you’ve been wanting with a 15% or 20% discount plus help donate to KTTC. Win-win if you ask me.)
This is in honor of you too, sis and bff 🙂