Monday, January 27, 2014

On Thursday, February 6th, NBC’s TODAY co-host, journalist, personality, author and breast cancer survivor Hoda Kotb will join forces with the Young Professionals Committee (YPC) of Susan G. Komen® Greater New York City to host the sixth annual Painting Wall Street Pink event.

On the Trading Floor of the New York Stock Exchange, the festivities begin at 7 pm with a cocktail reception and short program featuring Komen Greater NYC CEO Linda McNeil Tantawi, Komen Greater NYC Board president and YPC founder and chair Sandra L. Kozlowski. By the time 9 pm rolls around, an after-party will ensue at Cipriani Wall Street, featuring cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a light supper, a silent auction and the electronic stylings of DJ Jason Fioto.

“The Young Professionals have done a fantastic job of educating their peers on the importance of early detection and breast cancer awareness, as well as the life-saving work that Komen Greater NYC does to provide access to at-risk women in the metropolitan area and to find the cures for breast cancer,” states Ms. Tantawi.  “Painting Wall Street Pink is an excellent entry point for young philanthropists to understand the impact of their donations and fundraising on breast cancer and for members of our greater New York communities.”

In a little over two decades, Komen Greater NYC has raised roughly $60 million and awarded $43 million in grants towards national breast cancer research and local breast cancer support programs. Consisting of rising young executives and professionals, the YPC aims to draw attention to the life-saving work of Komen Greater NYC, inspiring a new generation to engage in philanthropy and help achieve a world without breast cancer. Through numerous grassroots breast-health programs, the YPC have engendered innovative ways to provide services to underserved residents in New York City, Long Island, Westchester and Rockland Counties.

“We’ve already raised nearly $100,000 for this event, and we hope to raise much more.  These funds will help underwrite Komen Greater NYC’s breast health screening, treatment and support programs, which, during these times of economic difficulty, are more important than ever,” said Kozlowski.  “We have to make sure that at-risk women have access to vital screening, diagnosis, treatment and support services.  Unfortunately when my grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer, she did not have access to the best care available at that time.  All women deserve that access and the YPs and I are working with Komen Greater NYC to make sure all women have it.”

“We are very excited to have Hoda Kotb with us for this year’s event to spread the word that breast cancer awareness is something that every woman, regardless of age, should be concerned about,” said Tantawi.  “Hoda is an extraordinary role model for women everywhere, especially those who have been diagnosed or are undergoing treatment for breast cancer.”

A recipient of the 2008 Survivor Award from Komen Greater NYC, Kotb was diagnosed with breast cancer in her early 40’s and now, revels in the idea of uplifting younger people battling the disease.  “As a breast cancer survivor, I am thrilled to support the Komen Greater NYC Young Professionals at their annual Painting Wall Street Pink event,” says Kotb. “What I like about this event is that it helps create awareness and support and does it in a fun way – with music and dancing.  Right up my alley!”

Generous sponsors of the event include: Patrick Crosetto (Mid Cap Sponsor); Cancer Treatment Centers of America, The Waldele Family Foundation, The Wall Street Journal, and WTAS (Small Cap Sponsors); ­­Alternative Investment Management and Korn/Ferry International (Supporters).

Tickets are $150. Combo tickets are available at the discounted price of $250.  Please purchase here. For further information about Komen Greater NYC’s Young Professionals Committee, click here.


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