Breast Cancer Battles

Three remarkable women recount breast cancer battle at razzle dazzle luncheon

3 remarkable women recount breast cancer battle at razzle dazzle lunch

23 Kendra Scott, left, and Caroline Brown at the Memorial Hermann Razzle Dazzle luncheon October 2014
Jewelry designer Kendra Scott, left, and breast cancer survivor Caroline Brown. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
1 Grace Kim, from left, Sandy Barrett and JoLynn Falgout at the Memorial Hermann Razzle Dazzle luncheon October 2014
Luncheon chairs Grace Kim, from left, Sandy Barrett and Jo Lynn Falgout. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
29 Donna and Tony Vallone at the Memorial Hermann Razzle Dazzle luncheon October 2014
Luncheon honoree Donna Vallone and Tony Vallone. Photo by © Daniel Oritz/CatchLightGroup.com
Yvonne Cormier, from left, Dan Wolterman and Lori Wolterman at the Hermann Memorial Razzle Dazzle luncheon October 2014
Yvonne Cormier, from left, Dan and Lori Wolterman. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
3 Ileana Trevino, from left, Alice Mosing and Diane Lokey Farb at the Memorial Hermann Razzle Dazzle luncheon October 2014
Ileana Trevino, from left, Alice Mosing and Diane Lokey Farb. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
27 NAME at the Memorial Hermann Razzle Dazzle luncheon October 2014
Joni Ballas. Photo by © Daniel Oritz/CatchLightGroup.com
26 Christine Falgout, left, and Kimberly Falgout at the Memorial Hermann Razzle Dazzle luncheon October 2014.
Christine Falgout, left, and Kimberly Falgout. Photo by © Daniel Oritz/CatchLightGroup.com
7 Leisa Holland Nelson, from left, Susie Destifano and Susan Hansen at the Memorial Hermann Razzle Dazzle luncheon October 2014
Leisa Holland Nelson, from left, Susie Destifano and Susan Hansen. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
19 Alina Garcia, from left, Soraya McClelland, Sandy Barrett and Philamena Baird at the Memorial Hermann Razzle Dazzle luncheon October 2014
Alina Garcia, from left, Soraya McClelland, Sandy Barrett and Philamena Baird. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
4 Laura Clemmons, left, and Yvonne Cormier at the Memorial Hermann Razzle Dazzle luncheon October 2014
Laura Clemmons, left, and Yvonne Cormier. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
14 Karen Mayell, left, and Vicki Rizzo at the Memorial Hermann Razzle Dazzle luncheon October 2014
Karen Mayell, left, and Vicki Rizzo. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
12 NAMES at the Memorial Hermann Razzle Dazzle luncheon October 2014
Ann Cazalot, left, and Nini Hale. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
2 NAMES at the Memorial Hermann Razzle Dazzle luncheon October 2014
Christine Tabrizi, left, and Debbie Pakzaban. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
13 Susan Krohn, from left, Rudy Avelar, Arlene Hoffman and Carol Linn at the Memorial Hermann Razzle Dazzle luncheon October 2014
Susan Krohn, from left, Rudy Avelar, Arlene Hoffman and Carol Linn. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
23 Kendra Scott, left, and Caroline Brown at the Memorial Hermann Razzle Dazzle luncheon October 2014
1 Grace Kim, from left, Sandy Barrett and JoLynn Falgout at the Memorial Hermann Razzle Dazzle luncheon October 2014
29 Donna and Tony Vallone at the Memorial Hermann Razzle Dazzle luncheon October 2014
Yvonne Cormier, from left, Dan Wolterman and Lori Wolterman at the Hermann Memorial Razzle Dazzle luncheon October 2014
3 Ileana Trevino, from left, Alice Mosing and Diane Lokey Farb at the Memorial Hermann Razzle Dazzle luncheon October 2014
27 NAME at the Memorial Hermann Razzle Dazzle luncheon October 2014
26 Christine Falgout, left, and Kimberly Falgout at the Memorial Hermann Razzle Dazzle luncheon October 2014.
7 Leisa Holland Nelson, from left, Susie Destifano and Susan Hansen at the Memorial Hermann Razzle Dazzle luncheon October 2014
19 Alina Garcia, from left, Soraya McClelland, Sandy Barrett and Philamena Baird at the Memorial Hermann Razzle Dazzle luncheon October 2014
4 Laura Clemmons, left, and Yvonne Cormier at the Memorial Hermann Razzle Dazzle luncheon October 2014
14 Karen Mayell, left, and Vicki Rizzo at the Memorial Hermann Razzle Dazzle luncheon October 2014
12 NAMES at the Memorial Hermann Razzle Dazzle luncheon October 2014
2 NAMES at the Memorial Hermann Razzle Dazzle luncheon October 2014
13 Susan Krohn, from left, Rudy Avelar, Arlene Hoffman and Carol Linn at the Memorial Hermann Razzle Dazzle luncheon October 2014

There could not have been a more heartwarming luncheon than Memorial Hermann's recent Razzle Dazzle Breast Cancer Awareness fundraiser at the Westin Houston Memorial City where three remarkable women took the spotlight with their stories that brought tears, standing ovations and cheers from the sellout crowd of 550.

While breast cancer survivors were the true heroes of the "Rhapsody in Pink" luncheon, it was honoree Donna Vallone, herself a breast cancer survivor, who set the impressive warm and loving tone of the event. Add the enthusiastic spirits of the three chairs — Sandy Barrett, Jo Lynn Falgout and Grace Kim, each personal friends of Vallone — and there was no way this luncheon would be anything less than a roaring success. (Kim is a 10-year breast cancer survivor.)

 A unique aspect to the luncheon was the fact that mammograms were available that day for ladies who were due for the annual exam.  

Donna was joined by most of her immediate family at a large table where she and husband Tony Vallone greeted well-wishers.

The heart-wrenching aspect of the program came from Caroline Brown's testimonial, recounting her story of early breast cancer and its affect on her fertility.The happy ending was a bouncing baby girl, made possible through surrogacy. 

Keynote speaker was the energetic, entrepreneurial powerhouse jewelry designer Kendra Scott. The Austin resident shared with the audience her seven steps for living a full life as well as the story of a very close friend recently diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer which had spread to her spine.

A unique aspect to the luncheon beyond tours of the Bobetta Lindig Breast Center was the fact that mammograms were available that day for ladies who were due for the annual exam. Proceeds from the luncheon are earmarked for breast center community outreach, state-of-the-art equipment and cancer education resources.

Memorial Hermann honchos turned out in force including Memorial Hermann Health System president and CEO Dan Wolterman, health system COO Chuck Stokes, Memorial Hermann Foundation CEO Ileana Trevino, health system chief legal officer Deborah Gordon and Children's Memorial Hermann CEO Susie Distefano.

Among those arriving early and staying late to shop the boutique of local purveyors including Kendra Scott, each of whom donated a percentage of sales to the center, were Dr. Yvonne Cormier, Joni Ballas, Bobetta Lindig, Lora Clemmons, Diane Lokey Farb, Debbie Pakzaban, Christine Falgout, Kimberly Falgout, Philamena Baird, Soraya McClelland and Alina Garcia.