Pink! Exceeds Goal Raising Nearly $400,000 for Komen Austin

On Friday, April 24, a sea of pink could be seen moving throughout Austin, Texas.

Photography courtesy of John Gutierrez Photography

Over 400 guests gathered at the Hyatt Regency’s elegant Zilker Ballroom to show their support for the cause. Pink!, Susan G. Komen Austin’s 4th annual benefit gala, raised nearly $400,000. Pink! has become Komen Austin’s second largest fundraising initiative, second to its Race for the Cure. Since 2012, over $1.1 million has been raised through Pink! to fund breast health services locally and research studies globally.

Dr. Michelle Ashworth & Kes Ashworth

Dr. Michelle Ashworth & Kes Ashworth

Venus and Bill Strawn

Venus and Bill Strawn

Angela Quitmeyer, Dawn Crouch, Ilona Toole

Angela Quitmeyer, Dawn Crouch, Ilona Toole

“What we do every day is very real,” said Karen Shultz, Interim Executive Director at Komen Austin. “It’s about how breast cancer affects people and their family’s lives. Our impact and investment is huge. We know our mission is making a difference in the greater Austin area. No woman or man should go without breast health care or die from breast cancer.”

Mayor Steve Adler & Terri Gruca

Mayor Steve Adler & Terri Gruca

Mayor Adler, Dr. Kelly Martinez, Deborah Davis Groves, Randy Groves, Terri Gruca, LaTanya Logan, Perreda Manor, John Mathieson, Amy Mosier, Karen Shultz, Jennifer Stevens

Mayor Adler, Dr. Kelly Martinez, Deborah Davis Groves, Randy Groves, Terri Gruca, LaTanya Logan, Perreda Manor, John Mathieson, Amy Mosier, Karen Shultz, Jennifer Stevens

David Elcock & Tracye McDaniel

David Elcock & Tracye McDaniel

An evening full of inspiration and hope, Pink! provided touching personal experiences of those faced with the challenges of cancer and their will to survive and to thrive. Mayor Steve Adler, a cancer survivor himself, helped present Komen Austin’s Pink Diamond awards. Individuals who have demonstrated outstanding dedication and support for Komen Austin’s mission in the areas of philanthropy, advocacy and volunteerism are honored with this recognition each year.

Janice and Don Roesle

Janice and Don Roesle

Heath Hale & Assistant Police Chief Troy Gay

Heath Hale & Assistant Police Chief Troy Gay

Tracey Marshall, Seth Hale, Bill Marshall

Tracey Marshall, Seth Hale, Bill Marshall

As this is a fundraiser, an integral part of the evening are the silent and live auctions. This year, Heath Hale Auctioneers, masterfully managed the live auction and paddles up. Their energetic style, coupled with their ability to inspire healthy competition amongst the bidders, helped to exceed the fundraising goal. The energy was maintained into the next part of the evening, Club Pink! After Party featuring the rocking music of Groove Labs.

VIPink Cocktail Reception

VIPink Cocktail Reception

Maxine Roberts, Abby Argo & Vicki Roberts

Maxine Roberts, Abby Argo & Vicki Roberts

Other aspects which made Pink! memorable are those that make the evening so comfortable, such as the VIPink Valet Parking hosted by Texas Orthopedics, Sports & Rehabilitation Associates and the lively VIPink Cocktail Reception hosted by Lexus of Austin.

Karen and Tony Quintos

Karen and Tony Quintos

Kelly Martinez & Timothy Sanchez

Kelly Martinez & Timothy Sanchez

Since 1999 Komen Austin has invested nearly $11 million into breast health services and educational efforts in Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties. Additionally, close to $5 million has been raised to fund global research studies to find the cures for breast cancer.

Amy Mosier & Karin Foster

Amy Mosier & Karin Foster

Komen Austin is proud to announce Pink! 2016 will be co-chaired by Karin Foster and Amy Mosier.