Natalie’s Fundraiser Brings Together Friends, Family and Funds

For eight years now, Natalie Guagenti has been inviting her friends, family and neighbors over for an annual breast cancer fundraiser to honor her mother, who passed away from breast

Natalie, left, and her sister light a candle and have a flower on display every year in honor of their mother.

cancer in 2000.

Natalie’s event started out in 2004 with inviting several couples over for a dinner party at her home. Each year’s event has had a specific theme, but an education and fundraising component was always present. One year guests brought desserts for a bake-off, and another year brought a radiologist to discuss breast health issues.

Guests had the chance to win any one of these raffle prizes that Natalie and her friends had secured.

Throughout the years the event has out-grown Natalie’s home and the homes of some of her friends, and this year, more than 100 people attended the fundraiser at Scioto Reserve Country Club. Natalie’s theme for the year was “Celebrity Chefs” and representatives from Liberty Tavern, the Lost Shepherd, Mia Cucina, Lucé and Scioto Reserve donated delicious hors d’oeuvres that guests “voted” on whose dish as the best. Members of the Liberty High School Chamber Orchestra also provided beautiful music during the event.

Chefs from Liberty Tavern took home the best dish honor, after they provided a butternut squash risotto with poached lobster and shrimp in a sage brown butter sauce. YUM!

Natalie recognized all breast cancer survivors at the event with a bright pink boa.

Guests also had the chance to win any one of the 12 raffle items Natalie had secured, along with the nearly 10 silent auction items that were available for bidding. Through donations given by guests and the purchase of silent auction items, Natalie raised an incredible $7,000 at her event, which will support local breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs and scientific research to find the cures for breast cancer.

After volunteering for the affiliate for years, Natalie joined the Komen Columbus staff in 2010 and currently serves as our Volunteer Coordinator and Affiliate Administrator. Throughout the years, Natalie’s tireless dedication to the cause and to organizing her event every year has raised $25,000! Every dollar will make a difference in someone’s life, and we are so grateful to get to work with Natalie every day and personally see the impact she’s having in this fight. Great job, Natalie!