October 19, 2013
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Mistress of Ceremonies
Master of Ceremonies
Anita Brikman, WUSA9 News Anchor
Scott Thuman, ABC7 News
Stephanie Lisa Anderson
Ms. Meghan Barnes, Mrs. District of Columbia
Shannon McAnally, Ms. Virginia USA
Angel Elliott, Host, Black Entertainment Television
Ms. Bindu Pamarthi, Ms. District of Columbia
Souny West, Owner, W Salon
Joe Humphrey, Mr. D.C.
| Tigerlily Foundation Youth Ambassador
|Tigerlily Foundation 2014 Ambassador of the Year: Megan Imbert
Honorable Eni F.H. Faleomavaega (AS)
Honorable Gene Green (TX)
Honorable Steny Hoyer (MD)
Honorable Doris Matsui (CA)
Honorable Ed Pastor (AZ)
Honorable Tom Petri (WI)
Honorable Linda Sanchez (CA)
Honorable Tim Bishop (NY)
Honorable Gerry Connolly (VA)
Honorable John Dingell (MI)
Honorable Jackie Speier (CA)
Pink Pops the Runway Models
Breast Cancer Survivor Models
At the age of 32 I was in sweet spot. I had progressing career, celebrated my 6th wedding anniversary and wished our son a happy 3rd birthday. Life was great. In a split second things took a sharp turn. Everything changed in a matter of seconds. A radiologist called me stating: “Mrs. Bhatia, I am sorry you have a very aggressive breast cancer.” When I heard this, I was a young healthy woman who took care of herself. Cancer didn’t care I have a wonderful husband, an amazing son, and loving family & friends. It did’t care I had a progressing career or that I was in my last year of grad school. It didn’t care in a few years I saw myself as the proud mom standing at the bus stop on the first day of kindergarten or I want to celebrate more milestones in life. This was not a journey I sought but one handed to me. I embraced it; allowing it to shape me by putting my energy into fighting verses asking questions I would not receive answers to. The journey brought roses along with plenty of spiky thorns that hurt a lot. I learned to equally enjoy the gifts and challenges that each day brings. I am forever grateful to my husband, son, family, and friends who supported me each step of the way while I laughed, cried, and smiled through those thorns. I am thankful to the stellar medical team that left no stone unturned in the process and continue to hold my hand in survivorship. Sending lots of love to the pink ribbon heroines who walked this path before me and inspiration to those that will walk after me.
Executive Assistant to the President & CEO of URAC, A national accreditation leader, offering over thirty accreditation programs that span the health care spectrum. I am a mother to two beautiful children, Cedrick McFadden and Lil Miss Semaj Knox. Most importantly, I am a 39 year old Breast Cancer survivor.
Kit McNamara, a five-year breast cancer survivor, has refused to let cancer define her life. She is the President of the newly formed Fairfax Breast Health Network (FBHN). FBHN is a non-profit organization dedicated to the serving the needs of Fairfax breast cancer survivors and providing assistance in locating resources for free wigs, hats and prostheses, as well as, offering financial support for those currently undergoing breast cancer treatment in Fairfax County. The theme of FBHN is: “Survivors helping survivors.”
Kit graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor’s in Education and went on two receive two Master Degrees in Counseling and Administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills and California State University, Long Beach. She has over thirty years of experience in teaching and in subcontract management in the Aerospace Industry.
In 1989, Kit became the President of the local Southern California chapter, Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHAAD) Organization. After retiring from Northrop-Grumman Corporation in 2008, she began to work as a contracting consultant. Kit retired again in 2012 in order to devote her time to being a volunteer for numerous breast cancer organizations which increase awareness and advocacy for women diagnosed with breast cancer.
Jenna Duffy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), who is contracted with The Center For Life Strategies LLC in Reston and Arlington, VA. She works with children, adolescents, adults, and couples, empowering them to make changes in their life, by focusing on their strengths and helping them to think about the “negative” in a new way. She also owns her own photography company, In Your Dreams Photography LLC. She is continuing to make her lifetime “hobby,” a part time career.
Jenna, then 37, learned she had Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (IDC), on June 7, 2012. Her primary care physician felt a small lump on her left breast at a routine physical on May 30, 2012 (which she had skipped the year before), and ordered her to have a mammogram. This eventually led to a biopsy to detect the cancer. Jenna’s cancer was found to be Her2 + and ER/PR +. She was also found to have the BRACA2 gene mutation. All of this was supper scary and surprising to Jenna as there had been no recorded history of breast or ovarian cancer in Jenna’s family.
Jenna had to work throughout her treatment which began August 2012, as she was single and did not have sick leave, also she felt it would also keep her spirits up. Prior to Chemo she elected to undergo fertility preservation. as one of her life long dreams is to be able to conceive her own child, and to be a wife. Then in January 2013, due to the BRACA2 diagnosis, she elected to have a bilateral nipple sparing mastectomy with reconstruction. After her surgery on January 16, 2013 she was told that she was Cancer Free. She continued with Herceptin until the end of July 2013, after completing her other chemotherapy drugs of Taxotere and Carboplatin in November 2012. In January she also begin a 5 year treatment regimen of Tamoxifin.
During all of her treatment, and being sick much of the time, Jenna continued to enjoy going to Virginia Tech football games each year, prior to her diagnosis, as she loved supporting her HOKIES. She continues to go now after treatment too. She also enjoys hiking, wine tasting, going to the beach, and listening to live music. Jenna did not change her life due to the Cancer. It was just another “thing” that she had to deal with. Jenna is used to medical problems in her life, as she had 8 surgeries starting at 2.5 to deal with another hereditary medical condition. Jenna continued to do all the activities she wanted to and did not let the cancer stop her from doing it. The only thing the cancer did do, was connect her with more awesome people and let her do more exciting things.
Christie L. Cook is a breast cancer survivor, diagnosed at the age of 37 and is now 6 years in remission. A mentor with Survivors Offering Support (SOS) out Georgetown University Hospital supporting 10 of the local DMV hospitals. Mentoring recently diagnosed women with breast cancer. She is the President of MC Media Inc., Publisher of the Chesterfield Women’s Journal. A primary educational resource with a national syndicate that educates, enrich, and empowers women.
At the age of 35, Kate Andreottola found a lump doing a breast self-exam. Within two weeks she was diagnosed with Stage 2, triple negative breast cancer. A bilateral mastectomy and chemotherapy followed. While recovering from surgery, Kate found out she carries the BRCA1 gene mutation.
As a result of her personal experience, coupled with the loss of her 53 year old grandmother to breast cancer, Kate has been involved with efforts to raise money for research, education, and programs to help find a cure and to support breast cancer patients. The Tigerlily Foundation is an important venue to Kate, as she can relate to the journey someone under 40 goes through as a “survivor in training.”
Kate is the Director of Special Events in University Development and Alumni Affairs at George Mason University. She holds a B.S. in Marketing from Stonehill College in North Easton, MA and graduated from Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, VA. She is the very proud mother of a six-year old daughter.
My name is Melanie Small and I am 29 yo. I was born and raised, and currently live in NOVA. My best firned is my twin sister Anna. I went to West Virgnina University and since graduating 7 years ago I’ve been working in the cybersecurity industry. I’ve known my husband for 17 yrs and we’ve been married for 4 yrs. I was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer 6 months ago, April 2013.
Pink Tie Guys Models
Scott Thuman is the Emmy-award winning Senior Political Reporter and anchor for ABC7 News, covering the White House and Capitol Hill.
He was the only local television broadcaster to land exclusive and successive interviews with President Obama during the 2012 campaign.
Scott’s coverage of the primaries, caucuses, conventions and debates garnered international attention, including for his reports on Mitt Romney’s surge and the downfall of Herman Cain’s campaign and helped ABC7 news to land the coveted 2013 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism..
Over the years he’s filed reports from Iraq, Cuba, Haiti, Europe and across the United States.
His return to the DC area has been a bit of a homecoming for Scott, who is a Fairfax County native. He began his work at WJLA in 2005 and before that reported for WFTV in Orlando and First Coast News in Jacksonville.
Scott graduated from Florida Southern College with a Communications degree and a minor in Spanish and is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Citizens’ Academy.
Whatever free time he has, Scott usually spends traveling overseas, biking, taking photographs and volunteering.
Michael Woestehoff is the Washington Lobbyist, a hotel lobby enthusiast who chronicles his experiences in the hospitality and travel industry through writing and photography. He is also the communications director for a Native American advocacy group located on Capitol Hill. He holds his Masters in Public Relations & Corporate Communication from Georgetown University and has been in DC since 2006, hailing from the great state of Arizona.
Darryl A. Keeton manages the retail sales desk at Calvert Investment Management, Inc., and is responsible for the internal promotion and support of Calvert’s investment solutions with distribution partners across the country. Mr. Keeton has worked in the financial industry since 1997, and his career spans the retirement plan market, life insurance variable product market, and financial advisor business. Prior to joining Calvert in 2012, he spent 15 years at Neuberger Berman, serving in a variety of asset management sales roles including regional director for the Mid-Atlantic region, Manager of National Accounts, National Sales Manager, and Head of Fiduciary Solutions, where he oversaw channel development and distribution with private banks and independent wealth management institutions. Mr. Keeton holds a B.S. from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and the FINRA Series 6, 63, 7, and 24 securities licenses. He has been awarded the Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®) designation from the Center of Fiduciary Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, as well as the Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor (CMFC®) designation from the College for Financial Planning and the Certified Investment Management Analyst Designation (CIMA®) from the Investment Management Consultants Association.
Darryl resides in Upper Marlboro, MD with his wife Zoe. They share a passion for adventure, travel and sports.
Mathew L Hebert is a Native Washingtonian currently residing in the Hip Neighborhood of Logan Circle. Mathew Loves to dedicate his time to working with charities, spending time with his family, staying physically fit and cooking. Mathew currently works as the Special Events Director for Jasper Ventures Which own 5 of DC’s most successful social venues!
A native of New York, Luis Valdez, Jr is no stranger to performing. As a former stuntman and dancer for the Batman and Wild West shows at Six Flags America, Luis broke into the entertainment industry as the voice of “Stitch” in Lilo and Stitch on the Disney Channel. Luis landed his first on‐screen role as Detective Eric Jones, on the hit online webseries, Anacostia. He has captured the hearts of Anacostia fans with his smooth talk, nice
physique, and enigmatic character.
In addition to acting, Luis is also one of the top, and most sought‐after, male models in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. He has worked with noted photographers, such as Roy Cox; modeled for top designers, such as Andrew Nowell, Ean Williams, Executive Director of DC Fashion week, Kenneth ‘Kas’ Flanagan, Christopher Schafer and Glynn Jackson. No stranger to the camera, Luis has appeared in numerous commercials, and ad campaigns, and has also been featured in a variety of online blogs music videos and book covers.
Luis was also the winner of Donnie Simpson’s 2009 “Coolest Brothers in the DMV” contest, and received a Maryland Fashion award in June 2013 as the Top Male Model of the Year in Maryland.
Luis currently resides in Upper Marlboro, Maryland and is a certified personal trainer in his spare time has competed on a national platform in a variety of fitness competitions.
Matthew Brown is a native Washingtonian and youngest of two boys. He returned to his home city after receiving his bachelor’s degree in North Carolina thanks to a basketball scholarship. It was then that he was introduced to the modeling industry. Since the beginning of his modeling career he has acted in several television shows and commercials, modeled for many top clothing designers on and off of the fashion show runway, and was in a 20ft tall billboard advertisement. This young man has a bright future ahead of him.
Wil Lash is an fomer model, actor, host, and He is also a corporate recruiter. However, many may recognize him as “Onix” from the hit VH1 Reality shows ‘I Love New York’ (Season 1 – ‘07) and ‘I Love Money’ (Season 2 – ‘09). Both shows pulled in some of the highest ratings in VH1 history. Since his television debut, Wil has continued to pursue his acting career and has had roles in several television pilots and independent films such as ‘Torn’, ‘Misunderstandings’, and Bachelorette’s Degree (premiering this winter)
Wil is currently starring along-side an award winning cast in the very popular web series/DCTV drama series ANACOSTIA, which is in its 4th season. He is the host of the entertainment show DC Hot Spots. Most recently Wil was a finalist for Inside Edition’s DC’s Hottest Bachelor.
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