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Here For The Girls Pink Carpet Gala Celebrates 15 Years

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WILLIAMSBURG-Here for The Girls’ annual Pink Carpet Gala will mark its 15th anniversary on Saturday, September 25.

This year’s fundraising event will be a hybrid event, with both in-person and virtual attendance options. In-person events will begin at 5pm at The Williamsburg Lodge, 310 S. England St. The organization’s annual A Calendar To Live By calendar will be unveiled at the gala, which kicks off the non-profit organization’s 15th anniversary celebrations.

A Calendar To Live by features breast cancer survivors as calendar girls and serves as a guide for women with information on breast health.

Here for the Girls is dedicated to improving the lives of young women affected by breast cancer (those who are diagnosed under age 51). Thanks to support from local businesses and community organizations as well as individuals and families, the organization is able to make a difference in the lives of young women with breast cancer and their families.

The organization first started in 2006 when co-founders Mary Beth Gibson and René Bowditch met at a retreat for breast cancer survivors. As young women facing the disease, they saw challenges and limited resources to younger women like themselves. Together, they wanted to provide support to other young women.

They started by inviting other young women with breast cancer to home meetings to share encouragement and information. These meetings blossomed into a non-profit organization called “Beyond Boobs,” in 2007. In 2015, the name was changed to “Here for the Girls.” Today, the organization provides non-clinical, peer-based approach support. The result is an inclusive community based on equity and cultural humility that cultivates a sense of belonging from diagnosis, through treatment, and beyond.

Tickets to this year’s Pink Carpet Gala will be purchased as group tickets for a table of six, eight, or ten. To purchase tickets to this year’s Pink Carpet Gala, visit https://www.classy.org/event/2021-gala/e344929. Last day to purchase a table is Tuesday, September 21, at noon.

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