Komen KC and friends gather to Rock the Ribbon; More than $300K raised to help save lives

Thank You Kansas City
for helping us
Rock the Ribbon with Heart!

2015 RtR Thank You Web Banner

The Inaugural Rock the Ribbon
12.04.2015
A Concert Celebrating
Strength & Survivorship

What an amazing evening celebrating strength & survivorship throughout the breast cancer community.

More than $300,000 was raised to help us meet our mission!

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Nearly 1,600 supporters gathered for a common cause: to help save lives and end breast cancer forever. The evening began with our VIP Reception on the main floor of Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland. Guests were treated to signature cocktails from USBG (United States Bartending Guild) Members Jill Cockson & Jenn Tossato as well as incredible dinner and desserts provided by the 801 Restaurant Group (801 Fish, Pig & Finch, 801 Chop House).

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While our VIPs were eating and drinking, famed (and local KC) artist John Bukaty began creating another one-of-a-kind masterpiece in front of our eyes on the main stage. Bukaty’s art was ultimately sold through our online silent auction later in the evening to a lucky couple who attended the event.

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Guests were also treated to one of Komen Kansas City’s most expansive online silent auction in the lobby of The Midland. Using WeDoAuctions.net, Rock the Ribbon 2015 guests were able to register and bid online in advance of the event as well as keep tabs on their bids (or when they were outbid in many cases). Big ticket items such as Bukaty’s Moustakas painting; trips to see Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, front row KU basketball tickets; Heart-autographed guitars, private condos in Florida, jewelry, clothing, wine tastings and more were just some of the items auctioned off to raise funds for Komen KC.

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Event Chairman Tiffany Goddard Snyder and Komen KC Executive Director Carli Good took the stage a bit after 8P to officially start the program. Thank you’s and an update on what Komen KC had accomplished this year led off their comments as well as a compelling video staring Renee Jeria, breast cancer survivor and mammography technologist at Komen KC grantee Samuel U. Rodgers Heath Center, and Denise Harris, breast cancer survivor and home health care worker who benefited from Komen KC-funded patient navigator program at Truman Medical Centers.

Following the Komen KC program was the main event: Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson and Heart! What happened next was nearly 90 minutes and 16 songs spanning their historic rock and roll career including Ne-yo & Led Zepplin covers as well as a tribute to Stone Temple Pilots front man Scott Weiland who passed away the day prior. Fans were on their feet, singing, dancing and celebrating with the rock royalty as Ann Wilson belted out her most famous songs and her sister, Nancy Wilson, continually worked her magic on the lead guitar throughout the night.

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A huge thank you to everyone who sponsored the event, purchased VIP and balcony tickets, won auction items and made donations to the cause. Their generosity helped Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City continue the promise made from one sister to another in the late 1970s / early 1980s to find a cure for breast cancer.

More photos from the event coming very soon!

Staff and volunteer leadership will be reconvening just after the first of the year to discuss plans, artist acquisition and event dates for 2016. If you or someone you know is interested in sponsorship, tickets or committee assistance please contact our special events director David Armstrong at 816.842.0410 or darmstrong@komenkansascity.org.

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