PINK PEARLS TO SAVE THE GIRLS FUNDRAISER
The third annual Pink Pearls to Save the Girls fundraising fashion show at the Scarlet Pearl Casino this weekend was a success raising more money than ever for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
As News 25’s Toni Miles shows us, the fight still continues, even after the curtain goes down.
“Is she not rocking the runway?”
Seventeen lovely ladies … Breast cancer fighters and survivors …rocked the runway at the third annual Pink Pearls to Save the Girls fundraiser at the Scarlet Pearl Casino Saturday night.
Michelle Augustine was one of them.
“I just have to stand back and watch for a moment.”
It was the Ocean Springs resident’s first time to model in the show…and by the way she radiated on stage – anyone would be hard pressed to believe she had just been diagnosed with breast cancer six months ago.
“The doctors told me at the very beginning, you have to stay strong, and you ave to be positive. It’s all about being positive from the very beginning,” says model, Michelle Augustine.
Long beach resident Mimi Hammons has been cancer free for nine years and shares this advice to those who are and who will one day walk in her shoes.
“Don’t ever give up. Everything comes together for one good. No matter what you go through there is a whole community out there between your whole team of doctors, your family and friends, and people like this in the community that really carries you through until the end.”
Breast cancer survivor Nickie Miles Foster went a cut above for the fashion show this year.
She says, “Tonight I decided to do a little different. A friend of mine, Deon McGloster, out of 2000 Beyond out of Vicksburg, Mississippi, he put a pink ribbon in my undercut with a heartbeat.”
While Dillard’s provided the clothes for the ladies in Saturday night’s show, 12-year-old Alexandra Bujon made her own contribution … Suiting up models for those closer to her age.
“I made this collection by blue velvet fabric. I really like working with blue velvet fabric because it’s really soft and really stretchy so it’s easy to work with. At the end, it just looks really great,” says Bujon.
“This is an annual event put on by the Scarlet Pearl Casino and Dillard’s. It’s a tradition they will continue to hold each year.”
Hammons explains, ” The people supporting us, they are the real core. They’re the ones who have come here tonight. They’re the ones here tonight who really stand up and clap for us.”
In D’Iberville, Toni Miles, News 25.