By Robyn A. Friedman
City & Shore Magazine
It’s October. And, along with snowbirds and pumpkin-spice latte, October brings a full schedule of cocktail parties, runs, walks and other festive events to raise money to fight breast cancer.
That also means that soon, downtown Fort Lauderdale will be awash in a sea of pink as hundreds of men, women, children and dogs converge at Esplanade Park for the 11th annual Strut, scheduled for Oct. 14.
Last year, about 500 people registered to participate in the event, a walkathon that is part of the nonprofit Glam-A-THON, created by breast cancer survivor Tammy Gail to raise funds to support women in our community fighting the disease. This year, she’s hoping to double that number.
“2017 is the year that Broward residents and businesses must bring it for breast cancer patients,” Gail says. “There is tremendous financial need due to the state of our healthcare system to assist uninsured or under-insured patients.”
Proceeds raised by Glam-A-THON events benefit Broward Health Foundation, the fundraising arm of Broward Health, and are used to provide funding for women battling breast cancer, as well as mammograms, diagnostic testing and special assistance for medication, wigs and other ancillary items at the Lillian S. Wells Women’s Health Center at Broward Health Medical Center and the Lisa Boccard Fund at Broward Health Coral Springs.
Since its partnership with Broward Health, Glam-A-THON has donated over $500,000. “This is an organization actually making a difference in people’s lives,” says Traci Allyn Shur, interim president and chief executive officer of Broward Health Foundation in Fort Lauderdale. “You never know if you or someone you love might need to be on the receiving end of Glam-A-THON’s kind generosity.”
The Strut is known for the outrageous costumes and performances of its participants and teams, who parade on Himmarshee Street before a panel of celebrity judges to compete for titles such as Glam Queen and Ms. Fab Swag. Gail has tentatively lined up Y100’s Froggy, 93.9 MIA’s Nathalie Rodriguez, WSFL-TV’s Dave Aizer and WSVN-TV’s Steve Shapiro and Vivian Gonzalez as judges. As usual, they will be joined by emcee Lynn Martinez, a WSVN news anchor and co-host of Deco Drive.
Returning this year is the Glam Food & Wine Festival in Esplanade Park, where foodies can purchase samples of cuisine from area restaurants and caterers.
Renee K. Quinn, of Spirited South Florida, a corporate strategist, has been participating in the Strut from the beginning. Her team last year raised $36,000 for the cause. “It’s important to support local women in our community,” she says. “Also, I lost my mom to cancer, so it’s personal to me.”
Registration for the Strut opens at 11 a.m., and the main event kicks off at noon. To register, or for more information, visit glam-A-THON.com. It’s not too late to sign up. The cost is $55, which is tax-deductible. Each participant will receive a signature Glam-A-THON tote bag.
The annual Lipstick Lounge — a benefit night of beauty, fashion, confections and treats which usually precedes The Strut – has been rescheduled, due to Hurricane Irma, to 8-11 p.m. Oct. 20 at Gallery of Amazing Things, 481 S. Federal Highway, Dania Beach. $75 through Sept. 10; $95 through
Sept. 14; $105 at the door, if available. Glam-a-thon.com.