Margie Rotchford to host shopping party and track luncheon to benefit breast cancer research
“The foundation started in 1993 and today they’ve raised over $300 million for breast cancer research — it’s a great cause,” Rotchford said.
The shopping party is free and features an evening full of hors d'oeuvres, pink cocktails and dancing to live tunes spun by DJ Joe Bell.
“We’re encouraging anyone to come and have a good time — there’s no pressure to buy anything, but anything someone might buy, 10 percent of sales goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation,” Rotchford explained.
Thursday’s event also includes hair embellishments by Simplicity Salon and fabulous track-style hats and fascinators designed by Nancy Matt and Christine Moore. Most importantly, guests can stop by Encounter to pick up an invitation to the main event, the Sizzling Hot Pink Saratoga Hat Luncheon, on Friday, August 19 at 11 a.m. in the upper Carousel restaurant at Saratoga Race Course.
The luncheon, sponsored by the New York Racing Association and co-chaired by Rotchford and Joanne Adams of NYRA, is a premiere fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation with $100 of the $150 ticket price going directly to fund breast cancer research.
Recognized activists and local philanthropists such as Mary Lou Whitney, wife of former New York Governor George Pataki Libby Pataki, , and the mother of current Governor Andrew Cuomo, Matilda Raffa Cuomo will attend the event as honorary chairmen next Friday to support the cause.
The hot pink themed luncheon is emceed by ESPN’s Jeannine Edwards and features a fully catered lunch buffet, informal fashion show featuring designs by St. John, and several guest speakers. Keynote speaker Larry Norton, scientific director of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, deputy physician-in-chief and director of breast cancer programs, will present his speech, “Breast Cancer: How we are Winning the Race.”
Ticket holders will also have the option to keep their seats in the Carousel restaurant throughout the full day of racing.
“It’s a great charity — I think it’s around 93 percent of the money raised by the Breast Cancer Research Foundation goes directly to research,” Rotchford said. “I’m behind it 100 percent.”
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