First ever Pink Promise Luncheon in Naples benefits Susan G. Komen Southwest Florida


NAPLES, Fla. (Sept. 3, 2013) – Susan G. Komen Southwest Florida has planned an upbeat start to Breast Cancer Awareness month with the area’s first Pink Promise Luncheon taking place on Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort in Naples, Fla.

The Pink Promise Luncheon’s focus is to support the fight against breast cancer through heightening awareness of the issue, creating a passionate call-to-action and generating funds to support screening, treatment, education and researching in Southwest Florida.

The day’s events include:
- Breakout educational sessions
- Dynamic keynote speaker, Diana Jordan
- Ladies’ shopping venue
- Live auction
- Heart healthy lunch
- Survivor stories
- Live entertainment

The multi-faceted, upbeat “ladies day out” is especially significant as it marks the Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort’s debut event after a summer long major renovation project re-mastering the masterpiece. The Ritz is located at 280 Vanderbilt Road in Naples.

About the speakers
Emcee Heather Turco, co-anchor for NBC2 News at Noon, will introduce nationally recognized comedian, author and breast cancer survivor Diana Jordan whom Oprah Winfrey called, “one of the funniest people on the planet.” Jordan, whose surgery was performed by the same doctor as Angelina Jolie, will share how laughter and a sense of humor can help with the healing process and the role of diet and exercise in prevention and well-being.

Mariann MacDonald will serve as honoree for the first annual Pink Promise Luncheon. Mariann is a survivor and has served on the board of Susan G. Komen for a number of years. She first served from 2003-2005 in Philadelphia and now serves as the ex-officio on the board of Susan G. Komen Southwest Florida.

Dr. David Rock will be leading one of the breakout sessions. He is board certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of the American Society of Breast Diseases and the American Society of Breast Surgeons and practices at the Regional Cancer Center in Fort Myers, Fla. where he is also involved in the latest breast cancer clinical research and treatment.

Steven Ershowsky, J.D., CFP® of Ameriprise Financial will present a breakout session, “Health & Wealth,” which shows how reducing stress about financial matters can create a healthier lifestyle.

And Saks Fifth Avenue will host a “Best in Beauty” breakout session.

All breakout sessions start at 10 a.m.

About the sponsors
Sponsors to date include Ameriprise Financial, Hodges University, Lee Memorial Health System, Gulfshore Life, Busey Bank, Mariann, Bob & Megan MacDonald, Arthrex, Saks Fifth Avenue, PhotoMagic, Brilliant Lens, NBC2, German Lexus of Naples, NCH Healthcare System and Florida Community Bank. Maserati of Naples has generously chosen to be the premiere automobile sponsor and will also be offering a VIP event at the Maserati dealership.

Tickets are available for purchase at and are required to attend. The cost for an individual is $150 and the cost for a patron table is $1500. Sponsorships are still available.

About Susan G. Komen Southwest Florida
Seventy five percent of fundraising proceeds stays in the local community to provide education, screening, treatment and support, and 25 percent supports national breast cancer research programs. Since 2002, the Susan G. Komen Southwest Florida affiliate has given more than $5 million in grants to local agencies in the five-county area. Susan G. Komen is the largest source of non-governmental breast cancer research in the world. Visit or call 239.498.0016 for more information on the local Southwest Florida affiliate of Susan G. Komen.