While we enjoy attending events, drinking cocktails, and being fabulous (it’s just what we do), all of it is even more fantastic when it’s done for a great cause.  Last Thursday, May 20th, the lovely Katharine Ricci of the NYC Recession Diary and I attended The Pink Agenda’s Annual Spring Gala!

A fabulous mix of young professionals all dolled up in their most stylish spring dresses, the gala consisted of a top shelf open bar, tons of rosé champagne, and passed hor d’oeuvres, hosted by Lauren Bush. And what is a better way to bring out all these young professionals then by doing it Gossip Girl style at The Box?

After guests mixed and mingled for the first part of the evening to get the party started, Marisa Lee, founder of The Pink Agenda, took the stage to tell the audience about her experience in watching her mother’s courageous battle with breast cancer.  There was then a special performance of from Love, Loss and What I Wore by Caroline Rhea. That’s right – did anyone else watch Sabrina, The Teenage Witch?!  She was the crazy but “cooler” aunt of Sabrina, and her electric personality on the show came through tonight in her reading.

Love, Loss and What I Wore is written by Ilene Beckerman and was adapted to a Broadway show by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, with Melissa Joan Hart, Natasha Lyonne, Fran Descher, Sherri Shepherd, Rosie O’Donnell, Kristin Chenoweth, Casey Wilson, Brooke Shields, Diane Neal, and many more, as members of their rotating casts.

In addition to a silent auction of great prizes, including a vacation package to Puerto Rico, there was a live auction presented by Willie Geist of MSNBC’s Way Too Early show for a package of 4 VIP tickets to a Green Bay Packer’s game!  Geist refused to settle for any low bids and got $5,000 for the package to go towards The Pink Agenda .  It was a great night of fun and philanthropy, raising money for a great cause to raise awareness for breast cancer awareness.


P.S. Check out a quick blurb from Elle Magazine’s blog!

The Pink Agenda is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization committed to raising money for breast cancer care, research and awareness of the disease among young professionals. The organization’s efforts are intended to not only expedite the eventual discovery of a cure for the disease, but to raise awareness among young professionals, resulting in earlier detection, as well as an understanding of where to go for support and resources if ever faced with a breast cancer diagnosis.

Photos by Nick McGlynn of Random Night Out – for more, visit the full album here.