Great Turnout Makes 2018 Butterfly Ball Special

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December 19, 2018
Jessica Betts

It was an evening of inspiration and connection at the 2018 Butterfly Ball, held in Philadelphia on October 27. This annual event brought together close to 700 at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel to make a difference in the lives of those impacted by breast cancer. The event, which raised more than $850,000 in total, honored five women who have each found their own unique ways to demonstrate their commitment to LBBC’s mission of connecting people to trusted information and a community of support.

The tree of life was this year’s theme, symbolizing connection and community, reminding guests that they are not alone but part of a bigger, resilient whole. LBBC, gala honorary co-chairs Linda and Jonathan Brassington, and co-chairs Elizabeth Balakhani and Ryan Chase, Michelle and Jake Bevan, Meredith and Frank Dante, Allison and Roy DeCaro, and Nicole Gerson created an evening with touches of foliage and autumnal splendor.

The Donna Noce Colaco Going Beyond Award was presented to Janet Marie Doherty, Rebekka Gerson-Brotz, Sabitha Pillai-Friedman and Megan Cooper Rutt, four women who have used their personal experience with breast cancer to help and inspire others. This is the first year the award was named for Ms. Colaco, a long-time champion of LBBC whose personal and professional support has transformed the organization.

Barbara J. Yorke received the Andrea and Abraham Morris Impact Award, an award established in 2016 as part of LBBC’s 25th Anniversary celebration. The award is only presented when LBBC identifies someone who demonstrates the same passion, longevity and generosity that Andi and Abe have contributed.

During the event, guests donated more than $80,000 to support LBBC’s Cis B. Golder Quality of Life Grant, which provides small grants to families in the greater Philadelphia region who are in treatment for breast cancer and facing financial hardship.

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