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EmPower Ball to empower and support – Tigerlily

01 Jul

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

For the third time, The Tigerlily Foundation had its annual Gala – EmPower Ball – to raise funds and awareness to fight and prevent breast cancer. Every year, breast cancer gets younger and stronger, and therefore, The Tigerlily has more and more work. Fortunately, the organization has more followers and supporters, too. The same ballroom in Willard Intercontinental Hotel they had last year for Gala was packed from doors to the stage. Educating, advocating, empowering and supporting young women affected by breast cancer is the essential objective of the organization.

After the foyer reception with cocktails and tempting silent auction items, guests streamed into the ballroom, where Mistress of Ceremony, Natasha Barrett, welcomed everybody, and Rabbi Bonny gave a blessing and even performed a song!

Special guest, singer and harpist Rashida Jolley, “touched the strings” of everybody’s hearts with her marvelous performance (see the fragment of it in a video provided).

Maimah Karmo, Founder and President of Tigerlily, highlighted once again the importance of¬† early prognosis of the disease. Surprisingly, still, in XXI century, women have to fight to get their mammograms taken, even though there are cases of breast cancer known in women at the age of 25 and even younger. “Be your own advocate” is the mantra we all should repeat to ourselves.

Daughters of breast cancer survivors – Noelle Karmo (8), Molly Kaufman (13) and Kimberly O’Neil (38) shared their experiences in speeches on stage, what brought first tears of the evening…

This year, three awards have been presented. Jennifer Griffin, FOX News correspondent, received The Transformation Award (presented by Surae Chinn of W*USA 9). KM Warrior Award (named after Kristen Martinez, who passed away due to BC last June) was presented by Angela Kegler to loving husband and son of Michelle Bynum – who passed the torch earlier this year. Moving and genuinely heartfelt speech of 6 years old Reid had everybody in tears (and laughter at the same time). Inspire Award went to Doctor Michael Schultz, Director of the Breast Center Cancer Institute at St.Joseph Medical Center (presend by Tony Perkins of FOX 5 Morning News). One more title and recognition was awarded to Tigerlily 2011-2012 Ambassador of the year, who raised the most money – Jewel Green – she even got crowned!

Tigerlily offers education, help and support to young women before, during and after breast cancer. Distributing brochures to raise awareness, paying bills, providing meals etc. to those who are sick and feel alone and helpless – just to name a very few of what they do. The organization is founded and contented of women – BC survivors, so they know better than anyone, what’s needed to be helped through the fight. For more information about the organization, as well as how you can help, please visit their website HERE.

This year Gala was produced by The Posh Planner.

Enjoy the pictures and video/pictures collage and don’t forget to visit whole gallery of 123 images.

Tigerlily Vice President Donna Guinn Kaufman (far left) and her daughter Molly (center), Tigerlily Founder and President Maimah Karmo (right) and her daughter Noelle (left)

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Arts for autism Gala

07 Nov

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Arts For Autism Gala was an evening to celebrate kids, adolescents and adults with autism, to recognize their talents and achievements. Proceeds raised at that event will benefit families in Northern Virginia with mini-grants offered through Autism Society of Northern Virginia (ASNV). As you may know, some things that seem very easy to do for non-autistic people, might be very challenging and nerve-racking for autistic ones, especially kids, and that’s why Autism Society runway show was such a tremendous success and was always¬† praised with loud and warm applauds. There was also adult runway show, where over 50 champion fundraisers demonstrated designer clothes, and at the end of the night two best ones (male and female) were awarded with special prizes.

The jewel of the night was 9 year old Matthew Cahill, who performed, for his very first time onstage, “Don’t stop believing” song. Finally, it seemed like all attention was where it was supposed to be, and not distracted by open bar. See this overwhelming success for yourself:

DON’T STOP BELIEVING. That’s a motto for Arts for Autism.

some pictures and link to whole gallery

 
 

Black Tie Gala fundraiser preview by Ski Johnson

07 Oct

Text and photos

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

On Wednesday night, October 6, Ethiopian embassy was the only lit and active on International drive. The house was full to its capacity, and believe me, you could make runway show with those gorgeous lions and lionesses. Everybody was “dressed to impress” and honor Ski Johnson and his new TV reality show “Living it up with bad boy of Jazz”. Although announced earlier selected celebrity appearances didn’t seem to happen, that didn’t spoil the evening. Ski himself doesn’t have any trace of star sickness – fun and friendly and active as person can be.

Enjoy the pictures. And watch the show.

Ski Johnson

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“If there is something in my way – I move it” – Maimah Karmo of Tigerlily Foundation

30 Sep

Text and photos
by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Maimah and Noelle Karmo, Mom and daughter, full of love

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