By Marie Bautista, Development Officer
This October, the Breast Cancer Action (BCAction) community came together to build the movement to end pinkwashing—while enjoying a delicious four-course dinner. Our 3rd Annual Action Speaks Louder Thank Pink – Food for Thought event benefitting BCAction and hosted by Ann and Larry Wheat, owners of Millennium Restaurant, was a wildly successful event, truly offering nourishment for both the body and mind.
Thank you to all those who attended Action Speaks Louder Than Pink – Food for Thought. Your support feeds our work to address and end the breast cancer epidemic, and sustains the success of our Think Before You Pink® campaign.
The backdrop of the evening was funky warehouse event space SF80 transformed by chandeliers and plush velvet curtains. Small bites during the cocktail reception were prepared by returning Chefs Jonathan Sutton and Tony Ferrari from Hillside Supperclub and live music performed by the talented Cello Street Quartet.
Our four-course dinner was prepared by famed Bay Area chefs – Charlie Ayers from Calafia, Chris Johnson from Haven, Susanne Stampke and Sascha Weiss from The Plant Café Organic and Eric Tucker from Millennium. All used locally sourced, organic ingredients where possible. And if that wasn’t enough, our philanthropic-minded chefs all generously donated their time and culinary talents. Beloved restaurant columnist Marcia Gagliardi of tablehopper.com emceed the evening. Her personal relationship with the chefs and support for BCAction’s work made her a natural as she guided us through the evening’s program.
This year’s Think Before You Pink campaign “Toxic Time is Up” was a huge success—nearly 32,000 people from across the U.S. signed our petition to demand strong chemical reform that will end pinkwashing once and for all. We premiered the campaign video as part of the event program and newer members of our community got to see highlights from our past Think Before You Pink victories. Executive Director Karuna Jaggar’s call to action rallied guests to sign the petition on the spot and inspired many to take one home or to work to get even more signatures from friends and family. We are always impressed by the generous donations many of you are able to give on such evenings in support of our work to address and end the breast cancer epidemic and this event proved no exception.
We’d like to extend a big thank you to all of you who made this wonderful event such a success – our gracious honorary hosts, the chefs, our emcee, and all who attended and supported the event. We look forward to seeing you all next October.