at Spokane Convention Center benefiting Beyond Pink at 5:00 PM
There are some parties that are too good to miss, and The Beyond Pink Designer Fashion Show is definitely one of those events. This fundraiser promises to be “The best time you’ll have saving a life” and it delivers on both fronts. It absolutely is the most fun you will have at a charity event and 100% of the proceeds go to helping local women have access to life-saving breast disease detection.
Banner announcing the event
Get your tickets early, this event sells out.
A 2016 Toyota Corolla Giveaway
Founder Karla Porter greets guests.
Mouthwatering Hors d’Oeuvre
Auctioneer Randy Wells and Annette Wells
The duo behind The Beyond Pink Designer Bra Fashion Show is Charlie Brewer and Karla Porter. These powerhouse women got together seven years ago and decided to create an event that would make it possible for women to not just fight breast cancer after a diagnosis, but provide all women with access to a stronger tool for assessing their risk. That tool is thermography, which uses infrared detectors to screen for breast cancer. According to their website, Beyond Pink is dedicated to providing information on breast thermography, risk assessment, early detection, prevention and ultimately the preservation of the breast and the survival of women.
Co-Founders of Beyond Pink Charlie Brewer and Karla Porter
Emcee Kristi Gorenson in a perfect pink trench coat
The evening started out with a silent auction full of fantastic packages. While guests perused the auction items, they enjoyed buffet appetizers as well as passed trays of mouthwatering bites. The libations were flowing with complimentary wine and a nicely stocked bar. The photo booth, sponsored by the Kalispel Tribe of Indians and Northern Quest Resort and Casino, was a big hit with a line most of the night.
Dandles Candles silent auction item
Gonzaga Men’s Basketball tickets up for auction
Silent auction basket
Something for Everyone in the Silent Auction
Flowers from Anemone for Auction
Steve Woodard with Laura and Cody Brincken
Once the bidding closed on the silent auction tables, the real show started. This is a fashion show like no other. To say that women simply designed a bra for each auction package would be very misleading. The 12 designers had an entire themed outfit paired with a live auction package. Every designer’s contribution was a show unto itself, each one more outrageous than the last.
This show is very personal for many of the designers that participate. Patricia McClain Osborne has been a designer for Beyond Pink from the beginning. The work this organization does is very close to her heart, as her sister passed away earlier this year after a long fight with cancer. Each of the seven years, her designs have centered around butterflies to honor her sister. This year is the last installment of the Butterfly series and she will find new inspiration for next year’s show. Ms. Osborne feels so passionate about what Beyond Pink is doing because, as she says “There is nothing to solve once it’s (cancer) there. We need to get ahead of it and stop it in its tracks.”
Model Netsanet Beshahe shows off designer Patricia Osborne’s “Released”
Designer Patricia McClain Osborne claps for the show
Part of the design team that worked on Bra Wars: The Collectors Edition which consisted of six bras inspired by Star Wars
Designer Deborah Loy talks about her design Foxes on the Runway, which honors her mother
Sadie Clemenson shows off the silver fox stole for Foxes on the Runway
Designer Mary Tafuri
Model Kimberly Nesper lights up the night in Illuminate with Love
Designer and Model Amber Doyle
Kristi Gorenson and model Estee Wilson as Ziggy Starbust
The overwhelming feeling of the night was all about empowering women and fighting breast cancer. That feeling was all over the room- from the pink tuxedos and ties worn by men to obvious support each of the designers had for one another. And every person in attendance was clearly having a great time.
Alan McGinnity, Karla O’Neill, Michael O’Neill
Attendees get ready to bid
Terry Tombari, Laura Molyneaux, Allissa Smith, and Bryan Walker
This party is, indeed, the best time you will have saving a life.
Tonight, everyone is on the A List
The walkway was lined with pink stars
Beyond Pink Wine
Patricia McClain Osborne and Karla O’Neill
Lynette Broadwell and Kerry Semro
Desja Eagle Tail, Ashley Shearer, Chris Slabaugh, Develle Tschache
Founders Karla Porter and Charlie Brewer greeted every guest.
Jessica Laabs and Susie Roberts
Tracie Wemski and Lynn Ellis
Timon Behan, Evette Wilie, Joy Eastgate, Trent Carey
Inland Empire Toyota Dealers Association, Viking Homes, Rainmaker A Creative Firm, Click It RV, Coldwell Banker Tomlinson, Kalispel Tribe of Indians, Northern Quest Resort and Casino, Nectar Catering Events, Larry H Miller Downtown Toyota, DAA Northwest, Toyota Financial Services, Alsco Linen and Rental Services, Autotrader, Aubrey's Boutique, Spokane Federal, NAI Black, Payne West Insurance, Baker Construction, Tombari Properties, Windermere Services Mountain West, 6th Ave Pharmacy, ZeroRez, Wild Walls, Spring Tools, Sherwood Marketing, Metabolic Institute, City South Auto Body
Randy Wells, The Benefit Auction Team
Justin Haas, Tom White, Missy's on Post, Diane Maehl Photography, Jennifer Evans, Kristi Gorenson, Kathleen Cavender and the Step Brothers
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