What to do this weekend: The Pink Fund’s 2016 Dancing with the Survivors

One of the most enjoyable and entertaining charity fundraisers I have ever attended is The Pink Fund’s Dancing with the Survivors event. This year's party is Saturday, October 8, and promises to be a wonderful evening to share with friends.

Guests will enjoy a fun evening of dancing, music, and dining – all for a great cause – at the Silver Garden Events Center in Southfield. The night begins with drinks and a silent auction, followed by a delicious strolling dinner. Then guests move into a seated auditorium to watch the dancers, who are local breast cancer survivors paired with dancers from Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Bloomfield Hills, performing ballroom-style dances. Sisters and recent survivors Carol Ziecik and Laura Segal danced together in 2015 (click here to see their performance), and since then, Carol has been taking weekly lessons with her husband, and the two have moved into the competitive world of dance. Guests will get to watch them perform together this year!

The Pink Fund does a fabulous job celebrating each survivor’s accomplishments, and each woman shares brief experiences of their journey, whether new to dancing or expanding upon their skillset with the Fred Astaire professionals.

Last year, we all left the party wanting to polish up our dance skills so we could look as great as them. This year, guests have the chance to stay and dance to some great music after the presentation. Who knows…this could be the time to begin your own dance lesson sessions!

If you are not familiar with The Pink Fund, it is a 90-day grant program to cover non-medical cost-of-living expenses for women and men undergoing breast cancer treatments. A breast cancer diagnosis can destroy the financial health and well-being of patients and their families. While in active treatment, many patients are unable to work and experience a loss of income that can result in catastrophic financial losses. The Pink Fund steps in to help support basic needs like housing, transportation, and utilities costs, reducing some stress and allowing the patient to focus on healing. In 2015, there were 711 applications to The Pink Fund from around the country, and they were able to fund 427 qualified applicants, or $460,080.

Whether it’s you, a family member, or a close friend, most of us have been touched by this pernicious disease and have seen the financial stress it creates. Come support an amazing cause and join the fun on October 8 at 6 pm, and be inspired by these talented dancers and breast cancer survivors. Get tickets here – we hope to see you there!