SEATTLE, April 3, 2019 — Northwest Hope & Healing, a Puget Sound-based 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation that provides immediate financial assistance to women who are undergoing breast or gynecologic cancer treatment at Swedish Cancer Institute, announced today that the organization’s premiere fundraising event, STYLE ’19, will be held on June 7, 2019 at the King Street Ballroom in downtown Seattle.
“Unfortunately, for many women, breast or gynecological cancer is not only a health emergency but also a financial catastrophe,” said Karyn Blasi-Hellar, executive director of Northwest Hope & Healing. “Imagine sitting in chemo while worrying about how to put food on the table, or facing surgery while worrying about paying for childcare. We believe that cancer is hard enough, and that nobody should have to face hunger, eviction, or having the lights turned off during treatment due to a lack of funds. The money we raise during our annual Fashion Shows allow us to give immediate financial assistance to these women in need at Swedish Cancer Institute by offering both financial grants, as well as comforting Healing Baskets to let them know they are not alone.”
In 2018, NWH&H gave 400 grants to patients in need, totaling a record breaking $140,000 and hand-delivered more than 300 healing baskets. Since its inception in 2000, the organization has provided over 10,000 Healing Baskets to newly diagnosed breast or gynecological cancer patients, and raised close to $2,000,000, which has assisted over 2,500 patients and their families in financial need.
“I have been personally moved by this organization and what they do to support both women and men who are going through some of the worst times in their lives,” said Shelly Hughes, a past grant recipient and volunteer model coordinator for the show. “Like me, many of this year’s models have been directly impacted by cancer – several are survivors or even currently undergoing treatment. To watch them walk on stage in front of so many people, all in support of women and their families in the Pacific Northwest, is both inspiring and truly humbling.”
STYLE ’19 will begin at 5:30pm with a cocktail hour where guests can enjoy bubbles, cocktails and appetizers while they mingle and check out a variety of silent auction items. The fashion show, featuring styles from local boutiques and couture designers, will begin at 7:00pm and will include a live auction and paddle raise, followed by an after-the-show dance party.
Tickets are now available for purchase here. For those unable to attend, or who are feeling generous, a “Sponsor a Model” option is also available and will allow for more of our model’s friends and family to come cheer them on while they strut the runway.
*Occasionally, NWH&H also helps men diagnosed with breast cancer. Approximately 2,600 men in the U.S. are diagnosed with breast cancer annually.
NWH&H is a Puget Sound-based nonprofit organization that provides immediate financial assistance to women undergoing breast or gynecologic cancer treatment at Swedish Cancer Institute who are struggling to meet their basic needs. NWH&H’s patient assistance funds can be applied towards everyday living expenses such as child care or groceries, reliable transportation, or emergency rent. They are granted on the spot, without lengthy application forms or approval processes.
Executive Director, Northwest Hope & Healing
Ph: (1) 206-715-7112
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This year’s glamorous event was held on Friday June 7 at the King Street Ballroom, where we had an amazing night bidding on fabulous packages, cheering on patient and survivor models as they walked the runway, and listening to our inspirational keynote speaker, Courtney, share her story of hope and healing.
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Through your compassionate giving, women and men facing diagnosis will know that they are not alone. You will make patients’ burdens a little lighter, and surround them with hope and healing in a time of fear and sadness. Words can’t express how much of a difference you’ll make in their lives.
We were honored to receive a donation of Thrive Causemetics to be used in two ways: 1) by the makeup artists on our models; and (2) in our healing gift boxes that we give to all newly diagnosed breast or gynecological cancer patients at Swedish Hospital. Because of their generosity, we’ve been able to save on the expense of products while partnering with an organization that is passionate about similar causes.
Over 100 supporters tasted local wines, cider and spirits, enjoyed delectable hors d’oeuvres, bid on awesome auction packages, and best of all… raised over $45,000 to support Northwest Hope & Healing!
A very warm thank you to all of you who joined us last night—including Jen Pricey, Jen Smiley, Kyle Johnson, all of our sponsors and donors, the wineries, distilleries, and breweries, our amazing volunteers, and the awesome Melrose Market Studios.
We also want to give a very big thank you to all of the social workers, patient education staff, and Dr. Tierney who participated in the night’s program.
Cork, Fork, & Support is just one of the ways we remain able to make an immediate difference to local women who are undergoing treatment at the Swedish Cancer Institute for breast or gynecologic cancer.
As one of Northwest Hope and Healing’s three major annual fundraisers, this event enables us to provide these women with immediate financial assistance—funds that can be applied towards everyday living expenses such as childcare or groceries, reliable transportation and/or emergency rent. With the holidays right around the corner, patients will be struggling even more. Some of these women would be unable to make an electric bill payment or even put food on the table for their children, were it not for our support.
If you weren’t able to make it to Cork, Fork, & Support 2018, or if you feel like giving a little more this holiday season, please click here:
On behalf of all of us at Northwest Hope and Healing, thank you for your kindness and generosity this holiday season. We wish you and your loved ones a beautiful Thanksgiving.
On Saturday October 6th, Dark Age Tattoo in the Capitol Hill neighborhood hosted a tattoo fundraiser in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, with 100% of the proceeds benefitting Northwest Hope and Healing.
Check out the King5 coverage and video here!
If you missed out on the event this year, don’t worry, you can join in on the fun next year. We’ll keep you posted on the 2019 October date.
This event was coordinated by Eric Eye, who has been a professional tattoo artist since 1990, specializing in detailed realism and portraiture. When his significant other went through a double prophylactic mastectomy with reconstruction, and he saw firsthand what a huge difference restorative cosmetic tattoos made for her, and began to focus on nipple and areola reproduction tattoos for breast cancer survivors.
His goal? To help breast cancer survivors feel whole again through the healing power of ink.