A sold-out ball with an important message, and fashion show by four “Project Runway” stars: It was a glam finale to a mega week for Susan G. Komen Hawaii, a non-profit that supports local breast cancer education, screening, treatment, survivor services and research for a cure.
As the executive director, I thought the most telling moment came during Friday night’s Pink Tie Ball at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. When honoree Angela Pratt asked people to stand if they or a family member or friend had been affected by breast cancer, more than three-quarters of the 420-plus attendees stood up.
The entertainment highlight was a fashion show by designers Sean Kelly, Alexander Knox, Ari South and Kini Zamora, all alums of the Lifetime TV hit series “Project Runway.” Kelly and Knox are based in New York City, while South and Zamora have brought their talents home to Hawaii. All spent months creating collections for the ball’s Decades fashion show presented by Hawaiian Airlines. Each designer also donated one look for the gala’s live auction.
Moanikeala Nabarro and Billie V. were among other big names who donated their time and talent including; Jeff Rasmussen, Taimane, Greenwood and Kristian Lei.
The kickoff press conference on Thursday brought together the designers, an update on breast health services from Dr. Pratt and TV personality Pamela Young, who shared her survivor story.
Here’s a look at highlights from the sold-out Pink Tie Ball. Photos are by Eric Baranda.
But that wasn’t the end of it: Fans got to meet the “Project Runway” stars at Ala Moana’s Microsoft store, where the four sketched creations in real time.
Finally, a personal note.
After Laura, a dear friend, was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 37, the two of us and our BFF Cheryl produced a fundraiser for Susan G. Komen Hawaii with a fashion show and survivor testimonials. That was in 2010. Three months later, Laura passed away.
That life-altering experience eventually led to my current position as Susan G. Komen Hawaii’s executive director, where I can be in the front line to help raise awareness about the disease. Thank you for all your support.