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Komen OC prepares for 6th annual Pink Tie Ball

The annual fundraiser gala returns for the local breast cancer chapter

by Caitlin AdamsPublished: April 16, 2012 09:05 AM

OC METRO Publisher Steve Churm
(second from left) was honored as a Pink
Tie Guy in 2009
The Orange County affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is sending out invitations for this weekend’s 2012 Pink Tie Ball, the organization’s annual formal gala fundraiser. The event is an opportunity for the organization’s members, supporters and survivors to put on their best formalwear and raise funds for the fight against breast cancer.

The annual event also recognizes a new class of Pink Tie Guys, seven men in the community honored for their commitment to the organization’s mission. For the first time, the event will also feature a special tribute to a particularly strong supporter of Komen OC, Harald Herrmann, president and CEO of Yard House Restaurants. A local advocate, businessman and founding Pink Tie Guy, Herrmann has dedicated himself and supported Komen through his company for years for a special reason.

“I’ve experienced how breast cancer changes a family forever. I made a promise to honor my late wife Kathie by supporting families struggling with this disease,” Herrmann said. “My message to other corporate leaders, foundations and individuals is to get involved. Bring your passion, your energy and your resources to the Pink Tie Ball and the Race for the Cure. Help change our community, one breast cancer survivor and one family at a time.”

This year’s theme for the Ball is reflected in the choice of venue, the Festival of the Arts grounds in Laguna Beach, and the display of nine original paintings. The artworks were produced during last fall’s “Art & Creativity for the Cure” workshop, where a number of breast health advocates and survivors were invited to express their feelings and experiences with the disease through painting. The experiential artworks will be available at the event’s silent auction.

“We are incredibly grateful for the enthusiastic and continued support from businesses and individuals in our community,” said Lisa Wolter, executive director of Komen Orange County Affiliate. “Their encouragement allows us to expand breast health initiatives and help save lives. Together, we stay stronger and more committed to finding a cure.”

A number of sponsors came together to underwrite this year’s gala, including the Yard House, Angels Baseball, Saks Fifth Avenue, OC Fiat and the Argyros Family Foundation. Black, Starr & Frost donated a $10,000 18-karat gold bracelet set with 33 round brilliant diamonds as the grand prize for the “Illuminate Hope” opportunity drawing.

“The Pink Tie Ball articulates the need to raise awareness and find a cure, while honoring the Pink Tie Guys, past and present classes, for their contributions and support of Komen’s mission,” said Marica Pendjer, one of the co-chairs of the 2012 Ball along with her husband, John Miller. “In just six years, the Ball has become an institution in Orange County as one of the most significant fundraisers for breast health programs and local services, continuing Komen Orange County’s vital mission to serve women and save lives.”


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