Pink Ribbon is an exclusive, high-fashion fundraiser
Oklahoma Project Woman teams with Abersons for an exclusive runway event featuring Stella McCartney designs on November 1.
Duane MenNe with Abersons, Scarlet Henley, development director of Oklahoma Project Woman, and Steve Aberson, owner of Abersons, work on details for the upcoming Pink Ribbon event, which supports OPW.
Local models will work the catwalk in the high-fashion styles of Stella McCartney at this month’s annual Pink Ribbon event benefiting Oklahoma Project Woman.
For several years, OPW has partnered with Abersons, the upscale Center 1 Shopping Center boutique, to coordinate the fashion show. For owner Steve Aberson, supporting this cause was obvious. “It affects our customer,” Aberson says.
Each year Aberson and his team pitch a designer to OPW. This year, it was McCartney, an ardent supporter of breast cancer causes, whose eponymous fashion line made waves with this year’s royal wedding. McCartney designed Meghan Markle’s after-party dress, along with the attire of several ceremony guests.
“(McCartney) lost her mother to breast cancer, and their team is extremely supportive of our mission,” says Scarlet Henley, OPW development director.
Aberson and his team worked with the fashion house to create a collection especially for Tulsa. Select pieces will be on display for a ticketed pre-event cocktail party Oct. 27 at Abersons. The entire collection will hit the runway Nov. 1 at Southern Hills Country Club. Patrons will see identical designs from the 2018 royal wedding, along with the designer’s spring 2019 collection.
This year marks the 20th for OPW, a statewide organization that provides breast health care, including routine screenings, to the uninsured. Early detection via screenings is key to fighting breast cancer, the most common cancer found in American women except for skin cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Henley adds, “Pink Ribbon allows us to spread our mission and, as our largest fundraiser, makes a huge impact in helping fund free breast health care for more than 5,000 uninsured and financially struggling Oklahomans.”
Oct. 27 — Abersons Evening Together
6-9 p.m. Abersons, 3509 S. Peoria Ave. Live music, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while previewing Stella McCartney collection. $150.
Nov. 1 — Pink Ribbon Tulsa
6 p.m., cocktails; 7 p.m., dinner and live auction; 7:30 p.m., runway show. Complimentary valet parking available. Sponsorships available.
A lifelong vegetarian, Stella McCartney does not use fur or leather in her designs. Pink Ribbon organizers decided to let that influence this year’s vegetarian menus. Both events benefit Oklahoma Project Woman. Visit pinkribbontulsa.org for more information.