Powerfully Pink

You’re Invited…

Susan G. Komen Michigan invites you to the 2017 Powerfully Pink luncheon, as we highlight the heroes in our community that are making a difference in the fight against breast cancer. Presented by Mercy Health, join us in saying thank you to our incredible survivors, grantees, community partners, sponsors and donors.

Purchase Tickets

Tickets are $35 and include the cost of lunch, entertainment, special guests, photo op, silent auction and more! Along with the Powerfully Pink awards, presented by Metro Health, we will present the award to our 2017 Young Survivor. To nominate a survivor, please fill out this form by November 19, 2017.

If you have any dietary restrictions or questions regarding the event, please contact Travis Mix at tmix@komenmichigan.org or (616) 752-8262 x2012. RSVP by Wednesday, November 29 to ensure a seat.

Champion of Hope Speakers:

Meryl Davis

When Meryl first fell in love with figure skating on a frozen lake by her childhood home outside of Detroit, Michigan, she had no idea the journey she was about to embark on. Teaming up with partner, Charlie White at the young age of nine, Meryl and Charlie began their quest together. Neither knowing much about the discipline of ice-dance, the team was driven by a passion for skating and the desire to learn, grow and see improvement from one day to the next. 20 years later, Meryl and Charlie are the reigning Olympic Champions and the first and only Americans to win the event. They’re also six-time U.S. Champions and 2-time World Champions, making them the most decorated U.S. ice dancers of all time.

Immediately following their 2014 Olympic win in Sochi, Russia, Meryl and Charlie continued to dance into the hearts of Americans on season 18 of the hit TV show, Dancing with the Stars. With pro partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Meryl again came away with a win and the coveted Mirrorball trophy.

Continuing their post-Olympic whirlwind, Meryl and Charlie now travel the world sharing their passion for skating with some of the most loved international skating tours, including Stars on Ice. With education always having been a priority for the pair, both are currently finishing up degrees at the University of Michigan while exploring other passions and interests.

For Meryl, the journey to becoming an Olympic Champion was filled with challenges and opportunities that allowed her to find strength and confidence. As such, Meryl now seeks to empower girls and young women through her multiple philanthropic endeavors. Most prominently, Meryl is proud to be a Founding Co-Chair of Figure Skating in Detroit, a youth development organization that empowers girls to develop life skills through the sport of figure skating with a heavy emphasis on education. Meryl is also on the Advisory Panel of the Women’s Sports Foundation, a UNICEF Kid Power Champion, and Classroom Champions Athlete.

When not at home with her family in Birmingham, Michigan Meryl most loves sharing her story and experiences in the hopes of inspiring others to follow their dreams. For more information please visit www.MerylDavisAndCharlieWhite.com

Veverly Austin

Veverly is the founder of Girl Get Your Fight Back an organization that challenges and equips women and teen girls to regain control of their lives, mind, body and spirit. She is also the president and founder of Confident Living, a program committed to helping men & women get unstuck; by helping them unpack their dreams, ignite passions, grow mindsets, develop business strategies and align it all with personal purpose.

In 2010 she founded Rock’n the Runway (RTR), a annual fashion show in support of  Breast Cancer Awareness.  Since it’s inception Veverly has worked closely with the health sector and organizations such as; Blue Cross Blue Shield of West Michigan, Grand Rapids African American Health Institute (GRAAHI), Spectrum Health, Mercy Health, Susan G Komen and the fashion community at large to help raise breast cancer awareness and empower residents of Greater Grand Rapids, especially those in urban areas to take charge of their overall health. With the proceeds from RTR, Veverly is able to provide free educational resources and breast health services recommendations to eligible community members. Rock’n the Runway also provides Breast Cancer survivors with a free makeover, photo shoot, and the opportunity to rock the runway in front of over 500 people yearly to enhance their confidence during their time of tragedy.

Veverly is a highly sought after and nationally recognized motivational speaker and is known for her holistic approach to empowering and helping individuals improve all aspects of their lives.  For several years she has been the liaison for Blue Cross Blue Shield of West Michigan’s “Let’s talk Health” program in the faith-based community. In partnership with Mercy Health she organizes and provides free health symposiums involving prominent African-American health doctors in her community, each designed to empower and educate women both mentally and physically.

Veverly is the 2017 W.W.Plummer Humanitarian GIANT Award winner. Veverly is also a 2017 Art Prize Leadership on Canvass participant. Veverly holds both a MBA and MA and serves on the board for Saint Mary’s Foundation and American Heart Association.  For more information please visit www.veverlyaustin.com.

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