Celebrating 16 years this Saturday at the Lesbians & Friends Dance
In Massachusetts, breast cancer incidence rates are over 5% higher than the national average which estimates that ONE in EIGHT women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. However, the most commonly cited risk factors - genetic inheritance and lifestyle factors - are present in only 20-30% of breast cancer cases. This leaves 70-80% of cases unexplained. The Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) is the only breast cancer non-profit working closely with a research organization (Silent Spring Institute) to investigate preventable, environmental causes of the disease. This work is funded through annual fundraising events like the upcoming Lesbians& Friends Dance: A Party for Prevention.
Since the dance event was founded in 1998, MBCC has received outstanding support from the LGBT community. The Lesbians & Friends Dance is a way of offering great music and tons of fun to the community that has helped to make MBCC’s work towards breast cancer prevention possible. This year, MBCC will honor all event sponsors, past and present (complete list attached). Special awards will also be presented to businesses and individuals who have gone above and beyond to help the organization reach out to the LGBT community and continue working towards breast cancer prevention. Award recipients include: Susan Wilson, founder of the Lesbians & Friends Dance; Janis Lippman, 5th President of MBCC, and her wife Ellen Grubert, former MBCC board member, owners of Ellen and Janis Real Estate; Bay Windows Newspaper (represented by co-publishers Sue O’Connell and Jeff Coakley); Lesbian Night Life (represented by owner Beth McGurr); and Doreen Michaels of the OVA4D Meetup Group.
On Saturday January 25th 2014, for the 16th year, hundreds of women will come together for an evening of celebration and hope for a future free of breast cancer. MBCC has invited DJ Jodi to provide music from 8:30pm-12:30am at the Brookline-Boston Holiday Inn located at 1200 Beacon Street in Brookline, MA. Directly before the event, long time supporter Liz Nania, Dance Instructor and Director of Out to Dance, will lead a free 30 minute dance workshop for all interested participants. Refreshments including complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will also be provided to all attendees. Finally, the event will feature a silent auction with items donated from LGBT-friendly businesses across New England.
Members of the LGBT community are invited to purchase tickets in advance for $40 at www.mbcc.org or by calling 617-376-MBCC (6222). Tickets are also available for $45 each at the door of the event. Special student rates are available with a valid student ID ($20 in advance and $25 at the door). For more information about the event or environmental links to breast cancer, visit www.mbcc.org, find MBCC on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter @mbccprevention.
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