02/27/2012

Fundraiser to take place July 13

VAIL, Colo. – Feb. 27, 2012 – One of America’s most celebrated celebrity couples, Giuliana and Bill Rancic, will share their heartwarming, motivational perspective on surviving breast cancer when they appear as guest speakers at the Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group’s 18th Annual Celebration of Life Luncheon on Friday, July 13.
 
The event will be held at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa.
 
The Rancics have explored deeply personal issues such as Giuliana’s ongoing bout with breast cancer and her struggles to become pregnant on their hit reality TV show, Giuliana and Bill, on the Style Network – now entering its fifth season.
 
Considered one of the nation’s preeminent entertainment and fashion journalists, Giuliana can also be seen nightly as co-anchor of E! News and co-star of E!’s popular Fashion Police team with legendary comic Joan Rivers. Giuliana also writes a weekly fashion column for OK! Magazine and her popular FabFitFun daily newsletter.
 
This year she created “Fab-U-Wish,” a program to grant fashion, beauty and celebrity-themed wishes to women battling breast cancer. 
 
“The Vail Valley cannot wait to welcome such a courageous young woman who is currently being treated for breast cancer and simultaneously reaching out to so many others in their time of need,” said Kristin Kenney Williams, President of the Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group (VBCAG).
 
Bill Rancic vaulted onto the national scene in 2004 as the winner of Donald Trump’s first season of NBC’s “The Apprentice.” The Chicago real estate developer is also the founder of the highly successful Cigars Around the World online retail outlet. Bill is also a sought-after motivational speaker and expert on entrepreneurship.
 
“Having both Bill and Giuliana will provide a unique couple’s perspective on battling breast cancer, and we hope more survivor’s spouses and men in general will attend this year’s event because of Bill’s invaluable perspective,” Kenney Williams said.
 
The event gets underway with a silent auction from 11 a.m. to noon, followed by the luncheon and the keynote address by the Rancics from noon to 2 p.m.
 
Tickets for the Celebration of Life Luncheon are $125; sponsorship tables are also available. Call 970-479-8595 or go to www.vailbreastcancerawareness.org for more information.
 
The mission of the VBCAG is to ease the financial and emotional burdens endured by those women in Eagle County who are battling breast cancer. The organization’s fundraising efforts help residents who are in need of financial assistance. Additionally, each local woman who is diagnosed with breast cancer receives a check from the VBCAG in the amount of $500 – the Day to Play™ program – to help relieve the stress of treatment. The funds can be used to offset medical expenses, or for just a relaxing indulgence like a day at the spa– whatever her choice. The Pink Lemonade Bubble Gum Day to Play™ program provides each child whose mother is undergoing treatment is given $50.
 
Over the past 17 years, the VBCAG has raised nearly $800,000, due to the generosity of this wonderful community. About 275 women have received a Day to Play - and 30 women have each received more than $2,000 in assistance. The VBCAG donated $75,000 to the Sonnenalp Breast & Diagnostic Imaging Center at the Shaw Regional Cancer Center and another $50,000 to the Cancer Caring House, “Jack’s Place,” adjacent to the Cancer Center, that provides patient accommodations. The organization also donated $50,000 to the Shaw for the purchase of a PET Scanner, and another $50,000 towards the purchase of a stereotactic table for the Shaw Center’s radiation department.
 
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MEDIA CONTACT:
Kristin Kenney Williams  (970) 390-0062
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