Project Runway's Tim Gunn and Today Show's Stacy London to Emcee Fashion Show at Tickled Pink!

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Komen Greater NYC Event, Hosted by Teens for the Cure, Reaches Out to Teenaged Girls- Raising Breast Cancer Awareness and Funds. To view downloadable images click here.

Cancer is a disease we can all fight together.

Tickled Pink!, a benefit for the Greater NYC Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure aimed primarily toward teenage girls and their mothers, will be held on April 3, 2009 at the Diane von Furstenburg Studio, 440 West 14th Street, Manhattan, from 7 pm to 10 pm.

This fantastic evening combining fashion, shopping and breast cancer awareness is hosted by Teens for the Cure, founded five years ago by breast cancer survivor Iris Dankner and her daughter Nicole (Niki). The event will be emceed by WCBS-TV weatherman John Elliott. Donny Deutsch, host of CNBC's The Big Idea and Chairman of Deutsch, Inc., will be auctioneer for the event's live auction.

This year, Project Runway's Tim Gunn and Today Show style correspondent Stacy London will emcee the evening's high point -- a fashion show of Diane von Furstenberg clothing modeled not only by professionals, but also breast cancer survivors and their children. Gunn is also Chief Creative Officer of Liz Claiborne, Inc. and author of the book and star of BravoTV's Tim Gunn's Guide to Style. London is co-host of TLC's What Not to Wear and co-author of Dress Your Best: The Complete Guide to Finding the Style That's Right for Your Body.

"Tickled Pink! illustrates exactly what the power of youth can do when harnessed to a cause," said Dara P. Richardson-Heron, MD, Chief Executive Officer of Komen Greater NYC. "They are truly the future of the breast cancer movement and I am both impressed and inspired by what these young women and their mothers, many of whom are breast cancer survivors, have done to pull this incredible event together."

"I was only seven years old when my mother was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer," said Niki Dankner, now a college sophomore. "At that age, I didn't understand the significance of what was happening to my mother and my family. It was only much later that I realized how guilty I felt about not doing something about the crisis at the time-- as best as I could at that age." Teens for the Cure was born when Niki "...discovered that it's never too late to face reality and help fight the battle my mom had so bravely fought herself."

The event committee is made up of young women who dedicate their time, effort, concentration and contacts to making the evening a success. "These girls have shown that young women can make a difference," said co-founder Iris Dankner. "Cancer is a disease we can all fight together."

Tickled Pink! gives teens an opportunity to shop, preview the latest fashions from event sponsor Diane von Furstenberg and learn about breast cancer and its issues. Last year's event raised over $150,000 to support Komen Greater NYC grantmaking.

This year, nine mother/daughter teams and two mothers and sons will be part of the runway show, including the Dankners and Geralyn Lucas (author of I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy) and her daughter Skye. "The models symbolize hope, love and family, showing that there is indeed 'life after breast cancer!'" said Iris Dankner.

Teens for the Cure offers young women whose mothers have breast cancer a supportive place where they are free to talk, laugh, cry and express their feelings with their peers. It also educates and empowers them, allowing them to pool their talents and make a difference by fighting the disease.

The Greater New York City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure was founded in 1990 and has raised close to $50 million to date. The organization is dedicated to the greater New York City metropolitan area, disbursing up to seventy-five percent of its net income to local programs offering breast health education, screening and treatment in the five boroughs of New York City, on Long Island and in Westchester and Rockland Counties. Twenty-five percent of its revenues fund national peer-reviewed research programs.

In 2009, Komen Greater NYC is awarding nearly $4 million in grants -- $2.7 million to support 40 community-based organizations that provide breast health programs to underserved women and more than $1.3 million for national peer-reviewed research.

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