A Silver Lining Foundation fundraiser supporst breast health through fashion

Mar 21, 2018

A Silver Lining Foundation Glitz & Glamour fashion showThe fourth annual Glitz & Glamour fashion show, benefiting A Silver Lining Foundation, raised $40,000 to fund breast health.

A Silver Lining Foundation hosted its fourth annual Glitz & Glamour fashion show and luncheon at The Peninsula Chicago on March 9. Presented by A. Marek Fine Jewelry, the event featured spring fashions from popular local designers to support the nonprofit's breast health programs that provide complimentary mammograms, diagnostic testing and more for those in need.

The sold-out event attracted more than 250 guests and kicked off with a reception featuring rhythm and blues singer Blake Alexander. Milliner Gloria Hafer presented a collection of her stylish hats for sale with proceeds benefiting the foundation and After School Matters.

The grand ballroom was pretty in pink with arrangements of blush-colored roses and hydrangeas created by Kehoe Designs topping the tables. Micah Materre from WGN-Ch. 9 served as master of ceremonies for the program, which opened with a video describing the foundation’s lifesaving work.

Dr. Sandy Goldberg, co-founder along with her husband, Greg Hines, created the nonprofit in 2002 following her breast cancer diagnosis just five months into their marriage.Models in A. Marek Fine JewelryModels swathed in A. Marek Fine Jewelry, the presenting sponsor, opened the fashion show.

She realized that the support and access to treatment she received was "only a dream" for others. She created the foundation in honor of her late mother, Evelyn Goldberg, who died from breast cancer, and who always advised her daughter "to help others through tough times." Her mother’s favorite expression, "There is always a silver lining," serves as the foundation's motto.

Dr. Sandy, as she's affectionately known, took the stage wearing a Mark Roscoe black-and-white flared dress. She spoke about the organization's progress, from humble beginnings around a kitchen table, to offering multiple breast health programs including resource information and outreach, education and survivor support.

She thanked Barbara Bradford, owner of A. Marek Fine Jewelry, and her husband, Robert Sherman, for their ongoing support and asked "her beautiful, brave fighter," Jasmine Taylor, a 20-year-old cancer patient, to stand and be recognized.

Produced by Zzazz Productions, the 40-minute show opened with six models wearing black cocktail dresses and swathed in sparkling jewels, each created by a different designer. Attendees were also treated to a runway appearance by Antonio Cardamuro, designer of the A. Marek Miseno collection.Designer Mark Roscoe presents wedding attireDesigner Mark Roscoe presents wedding attire for women and men at A Silver Lining Foundation's Glitz & Glamour fashion show.

Participating Chicago designers included Anna Loosli, Leandro Mulet, Daryl Sneed (Ricorso), Tamra Ellingson, Al Menotti (Menotti Couture), Sylwia Wilczynska (Sylwia Designs), Mark Roscoe, Elda de la Rosa (Elda de la Rosa Couture), and Julie Mersine and Mira Horoszowski (Mira Couture). Menswear designs were presented by J. Toor.

All of the event's proceeds, more than $40,000, will support the foundation’s "Buy a Mom a Mammogram" program, which funds the entire spectrum of breast health testing (including mammograms, diagnostics, screenings, MRIs, ultrasounds and biopsies) free of charge for uninsured and underinsured women and men at 15 partner hospitals in the greater Chicagoland, Elgin and Rockford areas.

In 2017, 2,593 procedures were funded for 2,015 women with 24 breast cancer diagnoses.

"What drives me, when dealing with breast cancer, is that we not only save lives, we ease them. Nothing is better than hearing from someone we have helped and learn that they're OK. That is the true blessing of what we do," Dr. Goldberg said.

Freelance writer Candace Jordan is involved with many local organizations, including some whose events she covers.

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