On Thursday, September 9th the ladies of High Hopes in High Heels hosted their second annual Breast Cancer Awareness event. Women in the Tampa Bay community gathered at University Community Hospital’s Women’s Center for a night full of fashion, food, breast cancer education and fun!  The event kicked off at 6pm with networking, wine tastings provided by PRP wines and a sampling of healthy, alternative foods prepared by chef Melvin from “Who is Your Chef”.  The foods were high in Omega 3’s and fiber, and contained no sugar.  Carol from PRP wines did an amazing job describing all the different wines and provided a lovely tasting for all attendees.

After networking and sampling delicious food/wine, we sat down to listen to Shelby Coriaty speak about her experience battling breast cancer and life now as a strong survivor.  She did a great job educating all of us on the importance of regular mammograms, monthly self exams, and breast health in general. We all learned something that night!

We then went on tours of the new, Women’s Center and Breast Care Center which allowed for everyone to see the amazing things this center is doing for the community.  They specialize in women’s breast health and labor & delivery at both of these facilities.

Next weekend is the Breast Care Centers annual charity event, Heroes ‘N Heels which raises money for women to get screened for breast cancer who are uninsured. This fundraiser is taking place at UCH on Fletcher, on Saturday, October 2nd at 8am.  Please visit www.uch.orghnh for additional information or email hhinhh@yahoo.com.

After our tour and educational speaker we were wowed from CAbi clothes line with a fashion show.  Shelby Coriaty, along with other members of the Women’s Center, strutted their stuff down the runway for an amazing fashion show by a trendy line.  We saw everything from nice fur jackets to the in-style army jackets and leggings.  Everyone looked amazing and did a great job!

The evening was phenomenal and the best part was that everyone learned a lot while having a great time! Thank you very much to all who participated! We can’t wait for next years event…we hope for it to be bigger and better!