"FASHION SAVES LIVES" Focuses The Community On The Beauty Of Early Detection
On January 14th, over 225 attendees enjoyed The American Breast Cancer Foundation’s inaugural “Fashion Saves Lives” fashion event at Port Discovery Children’s Museum in Baltimore. The night raised more than $10,000 in support of the organization’s mission of providing direct financial support for early detection screenings and diagnostic tests to those who could not otherwise afford them, regardless of age or gender.
Thanks to collaboration with The Johns Hopkins Breast Center on the Johns Hopkins Bayview Campus, the models included 10 beautiful breast cancer survivors; medical director of the Johns Hopkins Breast Center, Dr. Mehran Habibi; and Johns Hopkins breast surgeon Dr. Troy Pittman. Guest models included Baltimore Raven Ed Dickson, international fitness expert and entrepreneur Lynne Brick, and news personalities Sarah Caldwell of WBAL-TV, and Sharon Gibala of WJZ-TV. Baltimore Ravens defensemen Jameel McClain and Arthur Jones made guest appearances, along with the 2014 winner of the Ms. Delmarva pageant. FX Studios of Hunt Valley provided hair and make-up stylists, while clothing was provided by Jones and Jones of Cross Keys, and Jos. A. Bank.
The event began with a pre-show reception, in which guests toured Port Discovery, and enjoyed a “Taste of Baltimore” food sampling from several area restaurants, including Baklava Couture, Joe Squared, Leinenkugel’s Beer Garden, Luckie’s Tavern, Mary Mervis Delicatessen, Memsahib Restaurant, MEX Tequila Bar, and Piedigrotta Bakery. VIP ticket holders enjoyed access to the VIP Lounge, catered by Talia’s Cuzina, where they mingled with models and guest celebrities. Exhibitors showcased their products or services, and offered giveaways to attendees.
We could not have asked more from this inaugural event, which exceeded our expectations. The smiles and enjoyment provided by and for the many participating breast cancer survivors, and the overwhelming support of volunteers, sponsors, and Port Discovery made for an absolutely joyous evening. Plans for an even better event in October 2014 are already taking shape.