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Komen Austin turns Perfectly Pink at successful second annual fundraiser

Komen Austin turns Perfectly Pink at successful annual fundraiser

Komen pink party 1.	Tania Leskovar-Owens, Deb Davis Groves, Christy Casey-Moore
Tania Leskovar-Owens, left, with Co-Chair Deb Davis Groves and Christy Casey-Moore. Courtesy of Komen Austin
Komen pink party Krystal Lucero, Raychel Funk
Krystal Lucero and Raychel Funk. Courtesy of Komen Austin
Komen pink party Gayle Stallings, Amanda Walker, Charles Walker
Gayle Stallings ,left, with Amanda and Charles Walker. Courtesy of Komen Austin
komen pink party Valeri Reeder, Rick Reeder
Valeri and Rick Reeder. Courtesy of Komen Austin
Komen pink party Jane Hilfer, Kathryn Hillhouse
Jane Hilfer and Kathryn Hillhouse. Courtesy of Komen Austin
Komen pink party Dr. Hanoch Patt, Dr. Debra Patt
Dr. Hanoch and Dr. Debra Patt Courtesy of Komen Austin
Komen pink party Matthew Sellers, Cameron Cook, Aaron Lofton
Matthew Sellers, left, Cameron Cook and Aaron Lofton. Courtesy of Komen Austin
komen pink party Deb Hastings, Kate Walters
Deb Hastings and Kate Walters. Courtesy of Komen Austin
Komen pink party John Cullen, Christie Barany
John Cullen and Christie Barany. Courtesy of Komen Austin
Komen pink party Jenn Dermanci, Katie Boeckman, Heidi Olson, Navin Jagannath
Jenn Dermanci, left, Katie Boeckman, Heidi Olson and Navin Jagannath. Courtesy of Komen Austin
Komen pink party Kerri Long, Lindsey Leaverton, Theresa Alvarez
Kerri Long, left, Lindsey Leaverton and Theresa Alvarez. Courtesy of Komen Austin
Komen pink party 1.	Tania Leskovar-Owens, Deb Davis Groves, Christy Casey-Moore
Komen pink party Krystal Lucero, Raychel Funk
Komen pink party Gayle Stallings, Amanda Walker, Charles Walker
komen pink party Valeri Reeder, Rick Reeder
Komen pink party Jane Hilfer, Kathryn Hillhouse
Komen pink party Dr. Hanoch Patt, Dr. Debra Patt
Komen pink party Matthew Sellers, Cameron Cook, Aaron Lofton
komen pink party Deb Hastings, Kate Walters
Komen pink party John Cullen, Christie Barany
Komen pink party Jenn Dermanci, Katie Boeckman, Heidi Olson, Navin Jagannath
Komen pink party Kerri Long, Lindsey Leaverton, Theresa Alvarez

Saturday, May 4 marked the second annual Perfectly Pink Party for Komen Austin. The event, held at North Austin's Shoal Crossing, welcomed over 400 guests for an evening of celebration that was twice as large — and successful — as its 2012 predecessor.

The evening began with a VIPink Cocktail Reception presented by Lexus of Austin, and closed with dancing and desserts at Club PINK! presented by Microsoft Austin. During the main event, guests dined and mingled as the Signature Pink Diamond Awards were announced.

Those recognized for their outstanding service and support were: Nanditha Jagannath and Kheira Ardjani, Komen Austin Race for the Cure Co-Chairs (Outstanding Volunteer); Ana Sierra (Warrior); Dell, Inc. (Community Partner); Yvonne Carroll (Excellence in Advocacy); and The Roesle Family (Outstanding Philanthropist).

Perfectly Pink Party also included a live and silent auction, as well as the Pink & Pizzazz bags presented by Kendra Scott Jewelry. 100 Pink & Pizzazz bags were sold within the first hour of the event for a $100 donation each.

The event, co-chaired by Deb Davis Groves and Martha Coons, raised $290,000, an overwhelming increase from the $126,000 raised in 2012. Funds from the event will support the uninsured and underinsured men and women in the local community who are fighting breast cancer; a portion will fund research.

Next to the government, the Austin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen is the largest funder of breast cancer research in the world.