Knocking Out Breast Cancer One Round at A Time

Barbara Bates an Toi Salter

Barbara Bates and  Event Co-Chair Toi Salter

Knocking Out Breast Cancer One Round         at A Time

In 2012, the Barbara Bates Foundation began to focus on breast cancer awareness and education in addition to its original goal of recognizing inner city kids who excel in spite of the extraordinary obstacles they face.

In the previous years the foundation has accomplished its goals and this year should be no exception. Today the Barbara Bates Foundation will host its third annual “Knocking Out Breast Cancer” Fashion Show at Macy’s 111 S. State Street,  Saturday, October 24. Proceeds will go towards the creation of the Barbara Bates Foundation Breast Wellness Center at Mount Sinai Hospital to educate women in under resourced communities about the detection and treatment of breast cancer.

To date the Foundation has raised over $430K toward a total commitment of $500K, one year ahead of schedule. Windy City Live’s, Val Warner will serve as emcee at this year’s event. Co-Chairs for the event are Toi Salter and Zara Johnson.

Fighting With Fashion begins with a Champagne Reception from 5:30 – 6:30 that includes a silent auction and the Fashion Show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $150 with limited seating available Barbara Bates a survivor herself understands the importance of being well informed with knowledge about the disease to help make the right decisions for yourself during such a critical time in your life. As always the innovative Ms. Bates is pioneering the movement to support breast cancer research for women of color through fashion.

“Knocking Out Breast Cancer” is not just another fashion show. All the models are survivors of breast cancer or are currently battling the disease. In an effort to meet her commitment to Mount Sinai, Ms. Bates has taken a ‘grassroots’ approach to reach the community folks. So earlier this year the Foundation hosted their second Annual 5k Walk-Run called “Walk Where You Live,” that contributed an additional $25K to this year’s efforts.

Additionally, committee members have raised funds on the job, through special fundraising events and by collecting spare change. Team members even worked for tips at local restaurants most notably Truth Italian Restaurant on Pershing St. Ms. Bates, says “Through my experiences I learned that breast cancer does not have a type and it can strike anyone despite their race, age, size or even family history.”

Barbara Bates fashion designer and founder of The Barbara Bates Foundation, says, “I am humbled by the success we’ve had to date in raising these funds and excited about
meeting our fundraising commitment to Sinai after this year’s KOBC Fashion Show.”

“We are grateful for our partnership with the Barbara Bates Foundation”, said Karen Teitelbaum, Sinai Health System president and CEO. “It is a powerful grassroots commitment to fight breast cancer in our community. We look forward to this year’s event.”

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