with Appearance by Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker October 2012
Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Founder Lauds BCC Rally’s Success, Makes Plea for Greater Funding and Research
BCC Rally, an all-volunteer nonprofit in Charlotte that raises awareness and funds for breast cancer, concluded its 9th annual weeklong series of fundraising events with keynote remarks by Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker at its Pink Bow Gala on Sept. 29 at Ballantyne Country Club.
Ambassador Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the global leader in the breast cancer movement, thanked the volunteers of BCC Rally for their passion and fundraising ability, which she said is especially critical in the face of a difficult economy and shrinking government resources. She also called for a reawakening of the importance of science to defeat the disease, which strikes one in eight women over the course of their lifetime.
“Today we’re seeing a host of historic breakthroughs in science that are enabling people to live normal, healthy lives and that will someday prevent breast cancer,” Brinker said. “While we’ve made tremendous progress, we face an unforgiving future unless we renew our commitment to this fight. There’s optimism, hope and courage on the one hand, and the gruesome reality on the other hand.”
Brinker’s remarks were a fitting tribute to BCC Rally, given that the organization has been the top fundraiser nationally among 3,500 Rally for the Cure® organizations since 2008, having raised a record $719,000 since its inception in 2004. BCC Rally designates all proceeds from its five fundraising events – family day, women’s golf and luncheon, men’s golf, women’s tennis, and the black-tie gala – and sales from its year-round Pink Bow Campaign to Rally for the Cure® for the benefit of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, specifically for Komen’s Charlotte affiliate. BCC Rally holds the events each September at Ballantyne Country Club.
Although the final dollar tally is still being determined, Marsha Gale and Blythe Kinsey, BCC Rally Event co-chairs, anticipate the success of its five events bodes well for another stellar year of fundraising.
Events attract women, men and children to the cause The Pink Fall Fair family day, an annual community favorite of all ages, was held Sept. 23 and featured a variety of entertainment from hip hop dancers to jump rope groups and school choirs, along with carnival games, hayrides, a dunk tank and a cupcake walk. Snyder’s-Lance, the founding sponsor, provided an assortment of its wholesome and healthy snacks.
The ladies golf tournament and luncheon, presented respectively by founding sponsors AETNA and Charlotte Radiology Breast Center on Sept. 25, included remarks by featured speaker Molly Grantham, WBTV News anchor. She recounted moving stories about multiple generations of women in her family with breast cancer. Mary Ann Wasil Nilan, a breast cancer survivor who established the Get in Touch Foundation, was a surprise and welcome guest. The keynote speaker at last year’s luncheon, Wasil Nilan had made a remote appearance from her home in Connecticut, where she was undergoing chemotherapy for a recurrence of the disease.
The participants at the second annual men’s golf on Sept. 27 showed their spirit by wearing pink attire and decorating their golf carts and bags with pink bows. Curt Shaw, board member of Komen Charlotte, thanked the men for their generosity in supporting this worthwhile cause, and highlighted some of the valuable work carried out by Komen in the Charlotte community. KPMG was the tournament’s founding sponsor.
The ladies tennis tournament on Sept. 28 was a round robin format. Jill Philmon, general manager of Ballantyne Country Club, the event’s founding sponsor, offered welcoming remarks to the participants. Dr. Reza Nazemzadeh of Levine Cancer Institute and nutritionist Kelly Kullick from CMC-Pineville encouraged all present to make healthful meal choices and offered helpful updates on current research relating to cancer-preventing diets.
Other founding sponsors were: Carolinas Medical Center with Levine Cancer Institute and CMC-Pineville (Gala), The Bissell Companies (Pink Bow Campaign), and Skatell’s Manufacturing Jewelers (Sparkling Pink Auctions).
“BCC Rally is grateful to our many volunteers, sponsors, and those who attend our events and purchase our pink bows for helping us each year with this vitally important cause,” Kinsey said.