Twisted Pink Masquerade Ball

Twisted Pink Masquerade Ball

Photos by Peggy Harms Photography.

Twisted Pink works year-round to fund research and unmask a cure for metastatic breast cancer. On Saturday, January 13 supporters will literally don masks at their annual fundraiser happening at The Seelbach Hilton. To find out more about the exciting event, we spoke with Twisted Pink founder Caroline Johnson.

What can guests expect at the Masquerade Ball?

Guests will experience a fabulous, masquerade gala! This year our theme is “Meet Us On Bourbon Street,” so the dress is a bit more casual. Guests will be entertained by New Orleans-style street performers and enjoy cocktails, a fabulous silent auction and dinner program. Plus, Louisville’s premier band, Kudmani, will close down the event!

What do you hope to accomplish with this year’s event?

First, we want to raise the most amount of money possible to fund metastatic breast cancer research. This is so important because it is estimated that only 7 percent of research funding is directed to metastatic breast cancer. Unfortunately, 61 percent of people know very little about metastatic breast cancer, so we will also take the opportunity to educate the audience with important information and emphasize the need to support research. 

About 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer in their lifetime. It is estimated that 155,000 people in the U.S. are living with metastatic breast cancer, and approximately 40,000 people will die this year in the U.S. from it. Tragically, 20 to 30 percent of breast cancer patients will experience metastatic breast cancer, despite early detection.

How does this fundraiser help Twisted Pink and the community at large?

The Masquerade Ball is Twisted Pink’s largest fundraiser of the year.  The event will help us meet our mission of funding five new metastatic breast cancer research grants in 2018. We are also hosting 12 metastatic breast cancer patients and one guest each at no cost to the patients thanks to the help of some very generous sponsors. Our goal is to provide these patients with an evening of inspiration and hope by funding research.

Who are the generous sponsors we should thank for their support?

Our Pink Diamond sponsor is Texas Roadhouse. Masquerade sponsors are Delta Dental – Making Smiles Happen grant and the University of Louisville James Graham Brown Cancer Center. The Dace Polk Brown Ambassador Award Sponsors are Dace and King Stubbs and Marshall and Heather Farrer. Our beverage sponsor is Brown-Forman.

Pink Ribbon sponsors are Accuserve, Igear Online, Norton Healthcare, Old National Bank, Today’s Woman and Unipak. Mardi Gras Lounge sponsors are Bob Hook Chevrolet, PhRMA, Republic Bank, Tom Musselman Foundation and Conquer Cancer Foundation.

Where can tickets be purchased?

Tickets can be purchased online at twistedpink.org. They are $175 each for the dinner program. Guests who wish to attend the dance only portion (Mardi Gras Lounge) can purchase tickets for $50 each. VT

Twisted Pink Masquerade Ball

The Seelbach Hilton Hotel

January 13, 6 p.m.