On Oct. 1 at the Westin Convention Center Hotel hundreds of ladies and a few gents enjoyed the 12th annual Pink Ribbon Luncheon and Fashion Show. It was a great afternoon of shopping with vendors, lunching with friends and checking out a sampling of fashions from Designer Days Boutique.

This year’s models included: Timyka Artist, Debbie Dilliplaine, Rita Gregory Sheard, Kathy Jones, Margaret Harper, Sequoia Green, Jackie Simon, Shelli Lewis and yours truly as emcee and commentator. Deneen Joyner, owner of Makeup by Beauty on Point, did a fabulous job enhancing the beauty of the models.


DDB, located on Ellsworth Avenue in Shadyside, is a consignment shop owned by the National Council of Jewish Women, and this show gave the audience a preview of what they will see at the upcoming NCJW Designer Days sale scheduled for the end of October. The survivor models showcased fashions by Armani, Michael Kors, Chanel, Oscar de la Renta and Carmen Marc Valvo.

The crowd received a hearty welcome from Magdeline Jensen, CEO of the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh. In her remarks Jensen took the opportunity to pay a beautiful compliment to Yvonne Durham who was the creator of the Pink Ribbon Luncheon, a show that has continued to grow year after year.

PINK RIBBON SUPPORTERS—Magdeline Jenson, Nedra Perkins, Shireen Braner and Kathy Mayle. ­(Photos by Rossano P. Stewart)

Kathy Mayle, director of the Center for Health Care Diversity and on faculty at Duquesne University School of Nursing, served as the keynote speaker and Shireen Braner, Director, Breast Imaging, Magee Womens Hospital of UPMC shared “Breast Cancer 101.”

The YWCA of greater Pittsburgh thanks their sponsors Genentech, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Pittsburgh Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and UPMC Health Plan.

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