NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 30, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 4th Annual Chic Awearness presented by Dr. Gregg P. Allen, M.D. and eviCore healthcare, raised more than $95,000 on Monday, September 27, 2016 at Prima to benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation's ovarian cancer research program at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. The city of Nashville recognized Chic Awearness and Ovarian Cancer Month by illuminating the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge a stunning teal.
Hosted by News Channel 5's Carrie Sharp, the event brought together more than 200 guests who arrived in "teal" attire to enjoy "butterfly kiss" cocktails and hor d'oeuvres, an informal fall fashion show by Levy's, shop in the silent auction and hear inspiring words from ovarian cancer survivors.
Chic Awearness is a fundraising event that was started in 2013 by ovarian cancer survivor and advocate Marci Houff.
"Nashville is now supporting and embracing the huge void in spreading awareness on a deadly women's disease. We will one day defeat ovarian cancer through funding of seminal research."
Dr. Ron Alvarez, chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center spoke about the signs of ovarian cancer and how research funding for the disease is dramatically underfunded. Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from all gynecological cancers and the fifth leading cause of cancer related deaths among women. The American Cancer Society estimated that almost 15,000 women in the United States will die of ovarian cancer in 2016.
In addition to Chic Awearness, Elan Hair celebrated their 20th Anniversary by creating a special "Hair-Raising" program to raise funds and awareness for ovarian cancer research. Fundraising from product sales, stylists who gave a portion of their fees and an auction raised over $39,000 for the cause. During the week of September 12-17, local salons also participated in Salon Week which created an opportunity for salons and vendors across Middle Tennessee to participate by donating a percentage from services, products sold and inviting clients to make contributions.
For more information on Chicawearness or the T.J. Martell Foundation, log onto www.tjmartell.org
The T.J. Martell Foundation is a national organization founded by the music industry, whose mission is to fund innovative leukemia, cancer and AIDS research at flagship hospitals in the United States. To learn more about the T.J. Martell Foundation, please go to tjmartell.org.
T.J. Martell Foundation
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