The laughter and positive energy could be felt throughout the Aqua Turf at MidState Medical Center’s recent Pink Partini Fashion Show. A signature MidState event, over 900 people from the MidState family and across the community gathered to celebrate survivorship and breast cancer awareness.
“The overwhelming community support for tonight’s fashion show is indicative of the support we see daily for MidState,” said president & CEO Lucille Janatka. “Many of you in the room tonight are breast cancer survivors, perhaps celebrating your own personal anniversary with family and friends. MidState Medical Center has a unique place in the community and you have a unique place in our hospital community.”
Gary Tansino, MD, medical director of the Palladino Family Cancer Center, echoed those comments, telling the story of an 80-year-old leukemia patient, who 20 years ago would not have had the treatment options he has today. Thanks to a miraculous targeted therapy – a drug called Gleevec - many others like him are living longer, fuller lives.
Over 60 models, including 7 courageous cancer survivors, were ushered out by the hilarious Scot Haney. They dazzled the runway with fashions provided by Modern Formals, The Dressing Room, Red Door Boutique, Ella Where She Shops, and Kimberly Boutique. Dressed in pink t-shirts, firefighters from the Meriden and Wallingford Fire Departments added excitement to the night, selling raffle tickets and pouring signature martinis to guests.
Many thanks to the fashion show’s Pink Ribbon Sponsor; the MidState Auxiliary; Salon Nathaniel of Meriden; Academy Di Capelli; Rico Entertainment; and all of the sponsors, supporters and volunteers who made the 2012 show a success!