Monday, December 19, 2011

Breast Cancer Awareness Hat

Saturday saw my pink Aka Tombo hat being auctioned off in LA for breast cancer awareness.  The event was organised by my friend Celine and was a gathering of artists and art lovers to raise money and awareness for a good cause.  More photos of the event will follow but for now here is my hat.

Of course I am not the first milliner to donate a hat to a breast cancer charity.

These hats were created by top Irish milliners, Philip Treacy, Martha Lynn, Lina Stein, Suzie Mahony, Edel Ramberg, Catherine Cooke and Tahnee Morgan to support Action Breast Cancer.

These big toppers were Kentucky Derby creations by American Fashion legend Betsey Johnson, herself a survivor of breast cancer, to help raise awareness.

This amazing creation was made by Australia's Torb and Reiner for a local breast cancer awareness event and raised an impressive $850.

And it's not just fashionistas getting creative for the cause. 

This pink fire engine accompanied by pink firemen rolled in to Austin Texas.

And here is my gorgeous cousin Colin all dolled up in pink on his construction site in London where he is building the future Olympic village.

Of course donning a hat isn't the only was to raise awareness as these girls from UCLA proved with a game of prom dress rugby!

And who loves boobs more than Dolly Parton!

Dolly Along with country stars Tim McGraw,Taylor Swift, Gretchen Wilson and Carrie Underwood had all signed a pink Harley Davidson Sportster motorbike that was intended to be auctioned on behalf of the Lexington Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and was expected to bring about $100,000 to help cancer victims.  Unfortunately the bike was stolen during transit.

The bike was later recovered during a meth lab bust, but it had already been stripped of paint, sanded to remove the autographs and chopped to part it out. However, Wildcat H-D stepped up to the plate and again donated their time and talents  to restore and custom paint the recovered bike. The Pink Lady was unveiled at Wildcat on April 26, and is now known as “The Survivor”.

While scouring the internet for all of the above images I also came across these gorgeous gals

who are both wearing incredibly funky hats from GAiLA.  The Gaila Fund for Women with Cancer is a non-profit organization that provides chemotherapy and other medical patients with stylish hats at no cost.  They have some very funky hats indeed (me being a huge turban fan) and if you buy a Gaila hat all proceeds are used to fund the free hat and other programs for cancer patients.

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