25th Anniversary Butterfly Ball Breaks Record

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December 15, 2016
Jessica A. Betts, Associate Director, Development

Living Beyond Breast Cancer celebrated our quarter century of service to those affected by breast cancer at the 25th Anniversary Butterfly Ball, held November 12 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The culmination of our anniversary year, the event raised more than $950,000, a record for this annual gala. It provided vital funding to our ongoing mission of connecting people with trusted breast cancer information and a community of support.

With more than 700 people on the guest list, LBBC and gala co-chairs Donna Noce Colaco and Frank Colaco, Emily and Greg Dodge, Lisa and Michael Goldenberg, and Joan Martin turned to a non-conventional venue to make sure all of our supporters could attend and enjoy the event. The former flagship location of Strawbridge & Clothier, one of Philadelphia’s original department stores, was transformed with sparkle, silver and feathers into a festive space that recalled the 1920s. 

This year, the Going Beyond Award was presented to Jenny Burkholder, Ayanna Z. Kalasunas and Judy Weinstein, three women who have used their personal experience with breast cancer to help and to inspire others. The Founders Award, LBBC’s highest honor, was presented to Jennifer Chalfin Simmons, MD, in recognition of her professional and personal efforts to put the mission of LBBC into action.

The Impact Award was presented to its very first recipients, Andi and Abe Morris, who have been part of the LBBC family for more than two decades. The award was created to recognize those whose support has played a critical role in LBBC’s evolution. Moving forward, it will be named the Andrea and Abraham Morris Impact Award and will only be presented if and when we identify someone who demonstrates the same passion, longevity and generosity.

We offer very special thanks to our presenting sponsor, White House Black Market.

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