Wednesday’s dual fundraiser at the Avenue Suites — to benefit both Susan G. Komen’s Global Race for the Cure and the Miss DC Scholarship Organization — summoned DC’s definitive well heeled in attendance. Showing off those slingbacks… pumps… kitten heels… was just par for the cause!
Co-chaired by Teri Galvez, Amy Jarczynski (aka Jetsetter Gypsy), and Miss DC 2012 Allyn Rose, the champagne reception was the height of fashion and fun, stacked with both style and sentiment.
In addition to Juve y Camps Cava, Divine D’Zine cupcakes and Pie Sisters pies, the stiletto’d soiree included competitions like Hottest Heels and Best Sashay. Fun prizes even tempted the men to don d’Orsay’s to compete in the Men’s Stiletto Strut! (Judges Louis Everard of Georgetown’s Everard’s Clothing and DC personal stylist, Derrick Dunning, had a tough time selecting the winners.)
Galvez, who shared that she “was inspired to initiate this annual event by Allyn Rose’s story about her Mom who passed away [from breast cancer] when she was 16 and recently my favorite cousin Rachel had a partial mastectomy. So I knew I had to get involved.”
“After losing my 26 year old sister, Heather, to breast cancer 12 years ago, I vowed to never stop fighting this disease,” added attendee Shawn Gardner, founder of Team Heather for Race for the Cure.”
“There is no more appropriate place to wage this fight than in Washington, D.C., where Wards 7 and 8 have the highest death rate from breast cancer in the country. Over the years, after raising close to $500,000 for Susan G. Komen, I’ve learned that breast cancer fundraising comes in all shapes and sizes, but our “Heels for Healing” event might be the most unique, stylish, fun effort of which I’ve been a part.”