Soon after Karen and Carlin Conner moved to Tulsa from Germany, they were invited to an Oklahoma Project Woman Pink Ribbon fundraiser by former event chairs Shelly and Alan Armstrong.
Now the Conners are giving back by co-chairing the event this month at Southern Hills Country Club. The Oct. 23 dinner will feature a runway show by designer Brunello Cucinelli, a guest of Abersons in Brookside.
"We were touched by the organization’s mission and the ultimate goal of decreasing the mortality rate for those they serve," says Carlin of his family’s involvement with OPW.
Although no one in the Conners’ immediate family has had breast cancer, he says the disease has touched some of their friends "and we deeply understand the impact this disease has on people’s lives."
Since its founding in 1998, OPW has provided access to breast health care for more than 47,400 uninsured women with limited financial resources, 706 of whom have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
"Helping raise funds for Pink Ribbon is paramount so OPW can continue to provide no-cost mammography, diagnostic procedures and surgical services for the scores of Oklahoma women served," Carlin says.
Oct. 21 and 23 — Pink Ribbon Tulsa
Saturday: 6 p.m., Abersons Evening Together cocktail party at Abersons, 3509 S. Peoria Ave. $250.
Monday: 6 p.m., cocktail hour; 7 p.m., dinner and live auction; 7:30 p.m., runway show featuring the Brunello Cucinelli Collection. Southern Hills Country Club, 2636 E. 61st St. $2,500 and up, sponsorships.