The Power of Pink

Luncheon crowd breaks into conga line as "The Power of Pink" celebrated by more than 500

Luncheon celebrates "The Power of Pink" with spontaneous conga line

News, Shelby, Razzle Dazzle Memorial Hermann, Oct. 2015 Yvonne Cormier, Geralyn Lucas, Claire Cormier Thielke, Ileana Treviño
Yvonne Cormier, Geralyn Lucas, Claire Cormier Thielke, Ileana Treviño. Photo by CatchLight Group
News, Shelby, Razzle Dazzle Memorial Hermann, Oct. 2015 Alana Highberger and Caroline Brown
Alana Highberger, Caroline Brown. Photo by CatchLight Group
News, Shelby, Razzle Dazzle Memorial Hermann, Oct. 2015 Belinda Hilhouse and Kelly Krohn
 Belinda Hilhouse, Kelly Krohn. Photo by CatchLight Group
News, Shelby, Razzle Dazzle Memorial Hermann, Oct. 2015 Winell Herron, Gayla Gardner, Shawntell McWilliams and Gina Gaston
Winell Herron, Gayla Gardner, Shawntell McWilliams, Gina Gaston Photo by CatchLight Group
News, Shelby, Razzle Dazzle Memorial Hermann, Oct. 2015 Cathy Borlenghi and Neda Ladjevarian
Cathy Borlenghi, Neda Ladjevarian. Photo by CatchLight Group
News, Shelby, Razzle Dazzle Memorial Hermann, Oct. 2015 Carolyn Schachere, Kimberly, JoLynn and Christine Falgout
Carolyn Schachere, Kimberly Falgout, JoLynn Falgout,  Christine Falgout. Photo by CatchLight Group
News, shelby, Razzle Dazzle Memorial Hermann, Oct. 2015 Yvonne Cormier, Bobetta Lindig, Cora Sue Mach, Claire Cormier-Thielke
Yvonne Cormier, Bobetta Lindig, Cora Sue Mach, Claire Cormier-Thielke. Photo by CatchLight Group
News, Shelby, Razzle Dazzle Memorial Hermann, Oct. 2015 Harry Mach, Bob Ivany, Butch Mach, Steve Mach
Harry Mach, Bob Ivany, Butch Mach, Steve Mach. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Shelby, Razzle Dazzle Memorial Hermann, Oct. 2015 Geoffrey Cormier and Lora Clemmons
Geoffrey Cormier, Lora Clemmons. Photo by CatchLight Group
News, Shelby, Razzle Dazzle Memorial Hermann, Oct. 2015 Kristina Somerville, Ileana Trevino, Hallie Vanderhider
Kristina Somerville, Ileana Trevino, Hallie Vanderhider. Photo by CatchLight Group
News, Shelby, Razzle Dazzle Memorial Hermann, Oct. 2015 Donna Vallone, Sandy Barrett and Susan Sarofim
Donna Vallone, Sandy Barrett, Susan Sarofim. Photo by CatchLight Group
News, Shelby, Razzle Dazzle Memorial Hermann, Oct. 2015 Yvonne Cormier, Geralyn Lucas, Claire Cormier Thielke, Ileana Treviño
News, Shelby, Razzle Dazzle Memorial Hermann, Oct. 2015 Alana Highberger and Caroline Brown
News, Shelby, Razzle Dazzle Memorial Hermann, Oct. 2015 Belinda Hilhouse and Kelly Krohn
News, Shelby, Razzle Dazzle Memorial Hermann, Oct. 2015 Winell Herron, Gayla Gardner, Shawntell McWilliams and Gina Gaston
News, Shelby, Razzle Dazzle Memorial Hermann, Oct. 2015 Cathy Borlenghi and Neda Ladjevarian
News, Shelby, Razzle Dazzle Memorial Hermann, Oct. 2015 Carolyn Schachere, Kimberly, JoLynn and Christine Falgout
News, shelby, Razzle Dazzle Memorial Hermann, Oct. 2015 Yvonne Cormier, Bobetta Lindig, Cora Sue Mach, Claire Cormier-Thielke
News, Shelby, Razzle Dazzle Memorial Hermann, Oct. 2015 Harry Mach, Bob Ivany, Butch Mach, Steve Mach
News, Shelby, Razzle Dazzle Memorial Hermann, Oct. 2015 Geoffrey Cormier and Lora Clemmons
News, Shelby, Razzle Dazzle Memorial Hermann, Oct. 2015 Kristina Somerville, Ileana Trevino, Hallie Vanderhider
News, Shelby, Razzle Dazzle Memorial Hermann, Oct. 2015 Donna Vallone, Sandy Barrett and Susan Sarofim

Only Geralyn Lucas — journalist, author of best-selling Why I Wore Lipstick (To My Mastectomy) and breast cancer survivor — could inspire such energy in a ballroom that she instigated a conga line of breast cancer survivors.

It came at the end of her remarks to the gathering of more than 500 at the Westin Houston Memorial City. She asked all breast cancer survivors to join her on stage and as the song "Happy" concluded her program, the ladies formed that conga line back to their tables, a move that had the entire crowd on their feet clapping.

The highly-energized luncheon raised more than $300,000 for the Bobetta Lindig Breast Care Center at Memorial Hermann Memorial City. Dr. Yvonne Cormier and Claire Cormier-Thielke chaired the annual "Razzle Dazzle Power of Pink" fundraiser. Donna Vallone served as honorary chair.

It was a special day for honoree Cora Sue Mach, also a breast cancer survivor. She was joined at the luncheon by her family — husband Harry Mach and their two sons and daughters-in-law — Butch and Carmen Mach and Steve and Joella Mach. City Councilwoman Brenda Stardig surprised Mach with a city proclamation naming Oct. 1 as Cora Sue Mach Day in Houston.

"Power of Pink" celebrants included Memorial Hermann Foundation executive vice president and CEO Ileana Trevino, Holly Alvis, Jan Duncan, Jo Lynn Falgout, Lora Clemmons, Winell Herron, Cyndy Garza Roberts, Hallie Vanderhider, Gina Gaston, Mady Kades and Stacy Johnson.

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