Community call

Community call

Breast of Scottsdale, Pink Light District a Personal Passion of Airpark Business Owner

In December 2009, Scottsdale Airpark’s business owner Claudia LeClair of Fiesta Furnishings was diagnosed with breast cancer. Thanks to the family and friends who got her through the difficult time, today she is cancer-free and helping other women as vice president Arizona Institute for Breast Health (AIBH), which is a local nonprofit organization headquarted in north Scottsdale focused on offering options before decisions to women recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

“AIBH was formed with one singular focus—to offer Arizona women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer a second opinion about their treatment options, completely free of charge,” said LeClair. “AIBH has a 12-member volunteer team of physicians and medical professionals whose specialties include breast radiology, breast surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, reconstructive surgery and breast pathology. This team evaluates the best medical and surgical options for the preservation of a woman’s life, body and emotional well-being, as well as the continued quality of her life.”

To date, AIBH has worked with thousands of women and their families—and not only to provide second opinions. In fact, they also provide free support, resources, fitness and nutrition advice and more.

This fall, the LeClair and the organization will focus on raising funds to continue its critical mission in three major ways:

The Breast of Scottsdale

It is the return of the PINKEST party Scottsdale has ever seen! Tickets are available at AIBH.ORG for the 2013 Breast of Scottsdale, which will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 10 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Herb Box’s Southbridge location to benefit AIBH. The event will feature small bites, samples of seasonal pink-themed cocktails (thanks to Alliance Beverage), sumptuous pink pastries handmade by The Herb Box artisans, photography, fabulous gift raffles, music and additional surprises. All guests are encouraged to think pink with their attire, and prizes will be awarded to the pinkest party-goers of the evening. Tickets are $25 each. This is a 21 and over event.

The Pink Light District

Starting in September through Oct. 31, you have the opportunity to express your love, appreciation and gratitude by sponsoring pink light bulbs for just $25 each, which will be placed on the Marshall Way Bridge that links the Scottsdale Waterfront to the Southbridge District in downtown Scottsdale in coming weeks. Together, these Pink Honor Lights will be illuminated the evening of Oct. 3 to show Scottsdale’s support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All proceeds generated from this unique fundraiser will benefit AIBH, and the funds will go directly to support women who are dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis. Individual and corporate sponsorships starting at just $500 are available at pinklightdistrict.org.

Pink Drinks 2013

Throughout October, AIBH is working with restaurants throughout Scottsdale and beyond to offer creative pink cocktails and wines with a portion of proceeds going to AIBH. Thanks to the support from such brands as Butterfly Kiss, Girl Go Lightly and RoseNblum wines as well as Belvedere, Smirnoff, Chandon, Moet & Chandon and Veuve Cliquot Rose, AIBH is able to assist any venue in the Airpark area in developing a pink drink menu as well as with promotion and even discounted pricing for product. Interested restaurants should reach out to AIBH volunteer Alison Bailin at abailin@hmapr.com by Sept. 24 to join in this impactful program.