Festooned in signature hues of pink, Angel Stadium was recently transformed to serve as the venue of the fifth-annual Komen Orange County Pink Tie Ball. The festivities were only the cherry on top of the event’s fundamental objective: raise money for the care and research of breast cancer in Orange County and beyond.
With the help of 387 attendees and 163 volunteers, the gala reached its fundraising goal of $310,000. Seventy-five percent of the funds will be invested in local services that focus on the needs of underserved women, as well as breast health awareness and education programs. The remaining 25 percent will be funneled into the Komen Award and Research Grant Program, which funds breast cancer medical studies.
The affair also served as a platform to introduce the nonprofit’s 2011 Pink Tie Guys, a group of professionals and community leaders recognized for promoting breast cancer awareness in the business community. In addition to the Pink Tie Ball, the Orange County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure provides ongoing breast health outreach programs for the community.
Guests were treated to a champagne reception and Bluewater Grill’s appetizers on the stadium terrace before being escorted to the outfield celebration. Dancing, auctions and a dinner catered by The Anaheim White House kept partygoers entertained and happy.
The Komen Pink Tie Ball was hosted by the Angels baseball organization and Chairman Dennis Kuhl, and its founding sponsors include the Allergan Foundation, The Canaday Group’s LeAnn Canaday and the Yard House’s Harald Herrman. Trish Coury and Michael Gustafson chaired the event, along with co-chairs Analisa and Bruce Albert, Marica Pendjer and John Miller.
“It has been a pleasure for the Angels to partner with Susan G. Komen for the Cure in an effort to eradicate this terrible disease,” said Kuhl, a Komen Orange County Pink Tie Guy in 2008. “It is so important to raise awareness and support breast cancer research, and Angels baseball is truly grateful to be involved in this year’s event.”
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