The Grande Event Center was flooded with shades of pink Thursday night as the sixth annual Pink Ribbon Celebration benefiting The Compassion in Action Fund took place.
This event included a dinner with live entertainment for breast cancer survivors and their families. This year’s theme was “Reason for Celebration.” Each table was decorated, representing different occasions people celebrate throughout their lives.
The live entertainment featured music from both Dave Barnes and The Temptations Revue. The hosts for the evening were WBIR-TV News Anchor Robin Wilhoit, Valerie from local radio station B 97.5 and Comedian Leanne Morgan, who has attended the event from its beginning.
“When you see these women, they know what is important in life. They know how to laugh and have a good time,” Morgan said.
Also featured was Lady Vols Head Coach, Holly Warlick, who shared a testimony about her family’s battle with Breast Cancer.
“My grandmother was diagnosed in 1978. At that time everything was a whisper, no questions, no tears… it was cancer,” Warlick said.
“…breast cancer is a battle, and I think my sister and grandmother both had the courage to face it,” she continued.
The night concluded with a silent auction and a personal statement from one of the event organizers, Deborah Mauldin, who is a survivor herself.
“I remember coming to this event six years ago, only a few months after I had been diagnosed. I didn’t want to go, but I left with this new perception. I wanted to get involved in the event. I wanted to touch peoples lives,” Mauldin said.
Edited by Ryan McGill