Laini Fluellen Charities (LFC) in partnership with Ameristar Casino will host the 10th Annual LFC Pink Tie Affair on Saturday, October 24, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. via the Give Smart platform. This will be the organization’s first virtual gala. A highlight of the evening will be famed Spinderella – DJ for Grammy-award winning group Salt-N- Pepa, hosting the first-ever Pink Tie After Party. Proceeds from this event will support LFC’s efforts to improve health outcomes for young women diagnosed with or at high risk for developing Triple-Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC).
The theme for the Pink Tie Affair this year is LE DÎNER EN ROSÉ featuring an online silent auction, live music, and a tribute to breast cancer survivors. Prior to the event, Pink Tie sponsors and ticket holders will have exclusive access to online tutorials from Ameristar’s chef as well as a certified mixologist – demonstrating how to cook a French-themed Pink Tie meal including signature Pink Tie cocktails and mocktails from the comfort of their homes. The evening will end with a crowd-pleasing virtual dance party – led by celebrity and Hip-Hop Legend, DJ Spinderalla of Salt & Peppa fame. Also, returning to support the Pink Tie Affair, is national TV personality Summer Jackson best known as a host TV One’s talk show, The Sister Circle, serving as the night’s emcee.
In addition to raising much-needed funds, “The Pink Tie Affair” also acknowledges medical professionals and advocates that are striving to eradicate the disease and support those that are impacted on a daily basis. This year, the virtual gala will show snippets of honoree speeches from the past 10 years including Dr. Jacqueline Walters, from Bravo TV’s Married to Medicine, Donna Thompson, CEO Access Community Health Service and Dr. Gawri Ramadas, Oncologist, Community Health System.
“The Pink Tie Affair has not only been our primary fundraiser but also a way to engage the local NWI and Chicagoland communities and get them involved, shares Tranece Artis, Executive Director of Laini Fluellen Charities. “Last year, we hosted nearly 300 people from the Ameristar Ballroom, and this year, because we are virtual, we can reach a much broader audience with our mission and message” continued Artis.
A significant part of the mission is to raise awareness of Triple Negative Breast Cancer – an aggressive form of the disease that mostly affects younger women (<40 yo), has fewer treatment options, disproportionately impacts Black women, and results in lower survival rates.
To purchase a ticket to this event, register for the online silent auction, or to get more info about the after-party, go to www.LFCPinkTie.GiveSmart.com. Gala ticket donations are $100.
“We are very appreciative of the continued partnership with Ameristar Cares and Community Health Systems. Because of their support, we are able to dedicate 100% of the ticket sales to our programming,” shares, Artis. LFC is dedicated to helping fund the research of treatments and has consistently donated proceeds from the Pink Tie Affair to Community Cancer Research Foundation.
LFC is dedicated to helping fund the research of treatments and is aligned with the Community Cancer Research Foundation to support their research endeavors.
Funds also support the development and distribution of a special project called Beth’s Bags. Beth’s Bag was inspired by Beth Brantley Paschal who collected items to support and comfort her friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer and gave the items to her in a decorated gift bag. Later the same year Beth was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer but lost her battle with this disease. The “Beth’s Bag” Project honors her compassion for others by lifting the spirits of women going through the cancer treatment process and reminds them they are not alone. Recently diagnosed patients in the Community Health System receive Beth’s Bags compliments of LFC.
Other efforts include funding a mammogram subsidy program that is facilitated by St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago, IN.
“As a committed leader in the healthcare industry, St. Catherine Hospital is a staunch advocate in the fight against breast cancer and we are pleased to partner with LFC to provide much-needed resources to those right here in our community,” shares Leo Correa, CEO, St. Catherine Hospital.
For more information on the work that LFC is doing or to purchase tickets, go to www.lfcharities.org.