The Greater Pittsburgh YWCA hosted its signature breast health awareness event, the 11th annual Pink Ribbon Luncheon & Fashion Show, Oct. 9, at the Westin Hotel, Downtown.

Master of ceremonies was Rev. Dr. Loran E. Mann, founder, senior pastor, Pentecostal Temple COGIC. Honorary chair was Dr. Margaret Lar­kins-Pettigrew, assistant professor and director of Global Health Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Case Western University School of Medicine.

SURVIVORS AND GUESTS—Top: Pauletta Brown of New Kensington, a three-year breast cancer survivor and her sister Sandra Williams. Bottom: Theresa Gladney, left, is a five-year survivor of breast cancer, husband Charles Gladney of Beltzhoover gives his support with Christine Cook. (Photos by J.L. Martello).

Keynote speaker was Dr. Marilyn Hughes Gaston, former assistant surgeon general and director, Bureau of Primary Health Care, U.S. Public Health Service Rear Admiral, USPHS, retired co-director, The Gaston & Porter Health Improvement Center.

A unique part of the event was the tradition of presenting a fashion show, featuring breast cancer survivors as models. This year, the ladies modeled hats by Chapeaux, Etc.

The mission of the YWCA’s ENCOREplus program is to address and reduce the unequal burden of cancer among racial and ethnic minorities and the medically underserved women in the greater Pittsburgh area.

ENCOREplus is a community-based outreach program that provides education, screening and support services. For more information, call 412-365-1915 or go to

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