A Busy Year for the We will Survive Cancer Organization!
Someone once said that "We are merely here on this earth to serve others and not ourselves".
No one does this better than founder Gayela Bynum, of the "We will Survive Cancer" organization.
I had the pleasure of attending not 1 but 2 Black Tie events this year given by The We Will Survive Cancer organization.
Gayela Bynum, started the WWSC 501(c)3 in August 2009. I asked Gayela, "What was your influence behind starting the "We Will Survive Cancer" organization in my 2020 interview with her and she said that her purpose for starting the WWSC organization was influenced by her daughter in-law Michelle Tull Bynum. "My daughter in-law Michelle Tull Bynum was diagnosed with advanced Stage III breast cancer in September 2005. She was 32 years old, a new mother with a 13-month-old baby."
Gayela, recognized the financial needs of the families effected by cancer and she wanted to supply a resource the would help make the load less heavy for these families!
Aside from several different events each year WWSC organizes to help families, the organization also holds an annual Gala Event.
"We Will Survive Cancer" Gala
WWSC had their first Gala Event in 2014. At each event a Cancer Survivor is honored! Gayela Bynum also produces another Event, an Award show to be exact. This Award Show was influenced by her daugher-in-law, Michelle's "words", " Don't Waste My Cancer". At this event a person who embodies the words of Michelle, "Don't Waste My Cancer" is honored. Individuals are chosen based on the influence they have in other people's life and how they won't allow their cancer diagnosis keep them from living their lives to the fullest.
I had the pleasure of attending both the WWSC 13th Annual Gala and the "Don't Waste My Cancer" Award Show this year.
The Award Show
On Saturday, November 12, 2022, I attended the "Don't Waste My Cancer" Award Show.
The Don't Waste My Cancer" Event was held at the McLaren Sterling VA. This beautiful location was transformed into a runway space, cocktail bars accompanied each side of the room with a photographer pit at the end of the runway. The runway was beautifully highlighted with event lighting and the Crystal Ice cushion chairs added that elegant touch.
Photos by The Savvy Event Guru
The FashionThe models did an amazing job with modeling gorgeous Fashion by Lawrence Clothiers and
Gorgeous Gowns by Sonia Garbarino. The models also did a fantastic job modeling elegant jewelry pieces by Yurman.
WWSC 13th Annual Gala:
At this event there were several ways people could make a donation to the WWSC organization. There were 2-3 Silent Auction Stations set up within the event space. There were also sponsorship opportunities available as well.
DJ Rex supplied the music for this event and he did an extraordinary job.
Cocktails by Cryssy supplied the drinks for this event all evening and the display was fantastic!
The guestlist was exceptional. The Special Guests included Mr. DC Fashion Week Ean Williams, Jenise Davis, Patricia Watts, International Model Selamawit Yirga Bekele, Jackson Gerst, Micheline bowman, Cintia Hullen, Chelly Roy with the Chelley Roy show, Susan Smallwood with Grand Caviar-queen, Celebrity Live Painter Demont Pinder was in attendance and Celebrity guest Sunni was also in the building, from Fox 5 as a Contributing host.
Captivating, Exceptional and efficient is how I would describe my experience as an attendee at the "We Will Survive Cancer" 13th Anniversary Gala event. In the past I've had the chance to view footage of this event and nothing beats attending and witnessing this event in person!
Photos by The Savvy Event Guru
The Lamborghini Sterling showroom was a fitting location for the occasion. This Five-Star location only added to the luxury feel of this event. This event took up 2 spaces within the showroom and guests were able to flow into each space with ease. Music filled the air in each space and guests had the option to view the silent auction stations in each room with a Caviar station in the second space. The WWSC organization has a tremendous amount of great support and this organization helps a lot of families in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. Founder Gayela Byumn and team did a phenomenal job. I'm truly grateful to experience, firsthand the WWSC Gala. This event was extraordinary!
Photo by Ms. Jackie Hicks, Make-up by Ms. Letitia Thornhill
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