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Peace in Pink Luncheon


Glamour and compassion joined forces at Cancer Link’s “Peace in Pink” Luncheon, held on Thursday, October 9, 2014, at Jungle Island. Emmy Award-winning TV journalist Lisa Petrillo of CBS4 served as emcee for the luncheon, which was attended by 750 pink-wearing supporters.

Cancer Link Co-Presidents Diane Madden and Ivette Martino-Sarol, along with Founder and Chairman Marlene Berg, welcomed guests, including sponsors Bunny Bastian, Dara and Sidney Khosrowshahi-Expedia, Gary Goldbloom, Roberta and Hal Kaye, Norma Jean Abraham-Anthony R. Abraham Foundation, Melanie Cherdack- Elemis Spa, Barbara and Norman Shapiro, Tony Rojas -Allergan Medical Plastic Surgery, Jackie Soffer-Aventura Mall, Cheryl Ettelman-Berg, Ettelman & Berg, P.A., Cathy Blank-The Blank Foundation, Beth Rosenstein-Bloomingdale’s, Betty Madigan Brandt, Chanin and Adam Carlin, Andreina Kissane, Ccucu by Kissane-Perez Gall-Art, Lisa Saul-Greenberg Traurig, P.A., Ana Milton-The Jose Milton Foundation, Kathleen Monahan, Virginia Praschnik-Praschnik Fine Jewelers, Mary and Ron Rosenberg, Ivette and Daniel Sarol, Kathy Simkins, Michele and Don Soffer, Patrician Truppman, Linda Widrich Weitz, and Cathy Band-Vitas Healthcare. In addition to our sponsors, our celebrants were Ilene Abella, Kim Bacardi, Cantera & Associates, Deborah Downey, Ramona Hall, Wayne Haltiwanger, Diane Heller, Allison Doliner Hockman, Lola Jacobson, The Kaufman Family, Sandy Levy, Diana Lopez, Diane Madden, Joan Marshall, Lizette Martino, Cynthia McNeill, Bronwyn Miller, Tony Rodriguez, The Max Paul Saewitz Family, Harriet Shapiro, Electra Spillis, Nancy Sposato, Ana Trejos, Josie Wang and Bety Wohl.

Helping make this event a success were the hard-working committee chairs, Norma Jean Abraham, Barbara Berg, Sherry Bernstein, Debbie Deutch, Lissette Dittmar, Ellen Genet, Sara George, Susan Isenberg, Susan Kaufman, Linda Leeds, Iliette Oliveros, Staria Petersen, Virginia Praschnik, Lourdes Rosell, Mary Rosenberg, Bonnie Sepe, Jaclyn Sepe, Harriet Shapiro.

Cancer Link’s signature silent auction featured more than 200 tempting items, and an elegant fashion show by Mayda Cisneros Couture Collection, presenting the top fall fashion trends. Thanks to Alina Villasante of Peace Love World, each guest received a beautiful pink wrap, designed exclusively for Cancer Link as well as a lavish gift bag. Guests were also serenaded with music by classical guitarist Alan Moore.

In the luncheon’s 27-year history, it has raised over $2 million for breast cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, which serves as the hub for cancer-related research, diagnosis, and treatment at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

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