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Memorial Hermann Razzle Dazzle “Power of Pink” Luncheon


(L-R): Yvonne Cormier, Donna Vallone and Claire Cormier Thielke. Catch Light Group

(L-R): Yvonne Cormier, Donna Vallone and Claire Cormier Thielke.
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Geralyn Lucas, American journalist, television producer, The New York Times best-selling author of Why I Wore Lipstick (to My Mastectomy) and Then Came Life, and a proud breast cancer survivor was the keynote speaker at the sixth annual Razzle Dazzle “The Power of Pink” Luncheon, a local breast cancer awareness event. Lucas returned to the event, where she served as guest speaker in 2011. “The Razzle Dazzle is a true model and opportunity for women to empower one another, celebrate life and celebrate recovery together. And more importantly, it takes awareness into action by providing screenings immediately following the event. It is a true honor to be surrounded by such powerful women today,” shared the 20-year breast cancer survivor.

“The Power of Pink” raised $300,000 to benefit the Bobetta Lindig Breast Care Center at Memorial Hermann Memorial City. The luncheon, chaired by mother-daughter power duo Yvonne Cormier and Claire Cormier Thielke, was held on Oct. 1 at The Westin Houston Memorial City. A Memorable Event adorned the space into the “Power of Pink” for the more than 500 attendees. Guests sipped pink champagne while shopping at boutiques Brighton Collectibles, Chocolate Pizazz, cuteheads, DYI/Define Your Inspiration, Haute and Cool, Julie Beth Handbags, Kelly Kathleen Designs, Kendra Scott, Presmer, Salon 1221, Smocked Frock and Trebor Style. Each boutique donated a percentage of its proceeds to the Center, the whose mission is to provide exemplary care to those currently battling breast cancer.

KPRC 2 anchor Dominique Sachse served as emcee for the event, which honored breast cancer survivor Cora Sue Mach for her support of breast cancer awareness and treatment, as well as her philanthropic work in the Houston community. Razzle Dazzle also recognized Donna Vallone as this year’s honorary chair.

The highlight of the event included Houston City Council member Brenda Stardig presenting a proclamation to Mach for her tireless work, volunteer hours and philanthropic funding to raise support for various Houston organizations.

Proceeds from the luncheon are spent on breast cancer education resources, the latest in technology and equipment, and community outreach programs. The Bobetta Lindig Breast Care Center is a comprehensive breast health facility with a full range of advanced screening and diagnostic services. Whether it’s a routine mammogram, diagnostic mammogram or biopsy, the caring staff and physicians provide early answers and the best treatment options available. Since its inception in 2010, Razzle Dazzle has generated more than $1.25 million to support breast cancer patients and their families. One of the innovative measures incorporated into the Breast Center is tomosynthesis 3D mammogram technology. Thanks to funds raised at Razzle Dazzle, Memorial Hermann is equipped with the latest breast imaging technology to detect the earliest stages of breast cancer.

“Five years ago, a group of women passionate about breast cancer awareness created this fabulous event,” stated Ileana Treviño, executive vice president and CEO of the Memorial Hermann Foundation. “The luncheon is now a signature Houston event to support comprehensive breast cancer services.”

Celebrating the “The Power of Pink” were Holly Alvis, Caroline Brown, Lora Clemmons, Nancy Dinerstein, Jan Duncan, Mary Eads, Elsie Eckert, Gina Gaston Elie, Jo Lynn Falgout, Christine Falgout, Kimberly Falgout, Sidney Faust , Kelli Cohen Fein, Susan Hansen, Winell Herron, Stacy Johnson, Mady Kades, Bobetta Lindig, Carmen and Butch Mach, Joella and Steve Mach, Judi McGee, Leisa Holland-Nelson, Cyndy Garza Roberts, Regina Rogers, Susan D. Sarofim, Kristina Somerville, Hallie Vanderhider and Vicki West.

Special guests attending the event included Bobetta Lindig Breast Care Center patients and survivors.

Harry and Cora Sue Mach with Geralyn Lucas (right). Catch Light Group

Harry and Cora Sue Mach with Geralyn Lucas (right).
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