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Survivors In Fashion fire up crowd

November 1, 2013

It’s safe to say that the breast cancer survivor models once again wowed the crowd as they took stage at the Oct. 25 Survivors in Fashion extravaganza at the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino.  Led by event organizers, Barbara Chiangi and Donna Palumbo, the models delighted the audience with runway shows in holiday, casual and formal fashions.

Using “All Fired Up” as the theme of the evening, it’s also safe to say that the models, entertainers and speakers had some pressure to deliver a first rate performance.  As measured by the audience’s reaction, everyone involved in this production certainly delivered on their commitment to inspire.

Tara Raschello opened the night with a jaw-dropping performance of “Girl on Fire.”  Raschello’s powerful vocals would have even made Alicia Keys blush.  Singer with the local band Melaena, Sarah Clark, had all eyes on her as she sang “The Climb” and “Treasure.” Family trio Lisa Ferraro, Angela Bacari and Nicolas King moved the audience with their ballad of “I Won’t Let Go.”

“If tonight’s performance has helped even one cancer survivor, than we’ve done our job,” said Ms. Chiangi.  “We’re here to show that there is life after cancer.”

During his address, Backus President and CEO Dave Whitehead announced that sponsorships, donations and ticket sales for the 2013 Survivors in Fashion show raised $70K for the Backus Breast Cancer Survivors Fund.  He also said that collectively the show, which first partnered with Backus in 2007, has raised more than $1 million for the cancer fund.

With the help of the Survivors in Fashion extravaganza and the Breast Cancer Survivors Fund, Backus has made a significant investment in breast health. These important initiatives include the Breast Health Patient Navigator Program, an upgrade to digital mammography, purchase of the Hologic Specimen Radiography System, and most recently, the opening of The Boutique at Backus.

“The Survivors in Fashion event is a shining example of team work,” said Genevieve Schies, Backus Director of Development.  “I would like to thank co-producers Barbara Chiangi and Donna Palumbo and the ‘pink ladies’ for their tremendous dedication to this important event, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation for hosting the event at the Fox Theater, the Backus Medical Staff for their event sponsorship, and all sponsors, ticket holders, and those who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to raise funds for local breast cancer care. Our entertainers were absolutely outstanding and all donated 100% of their time and talent to the event. Everyone really outdid themselves this year.”