Natalie Guagenti, a long-time Komen Columbus volunteer and currently our Affiliate Administrator (i.e., the friendly face you see when first walking into our office,) has been organizing a breast cancer awareness event at her home for the past seven years to honor her mother, who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2001.
In fact, her event outgrew her home several years ago and is now held a neighbor’s house. Every year her women-only fundraiser takes on a slightly different theme, but always includes an education component and a guest speaker.
This year’s event, held during October, was no different. The 75 attendees were treated to yummy hors d’oeuvres and drinks while playing educational games and mingling. Guests who could provide information about breast cancer risk factors or statistics were given small raffle prizes like make-up and jewelry cleaner, with the chance to win bigger prizes like jewelry or purses.
Angela An, a weekend anchor for WBNS-10TV and Komen Columbus Board member, spoke to the group and moved many women to tears while sharing her dedication to breast cancer awareness and stories of her good friend Heather Pick.
All in all, Natalie’s event, a celebration of survivors, a memorial for those who have passed and an awareness-raising night, raised nearly $6,000. Thanks to Natalie for organizing an incredible event and to all who attended and donated!
Natalie’s event was supported by Komen Columbus as part of our House by House program, encouraging community members to engage their friends and neighbors in the fight against breast cancer by organizing home-hosted events.