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Pink Tie Ball
Natalie Officer Pink Tie Ball
PHOTO BY ALEXA PENCE
For: Susan G. Komen Louisville When: Sat., August 24, 6:30 p.m., Pink Lounge, 9 p.m. Where: Marriott Louisville East Tariff: $225 Individual Ticket, $150 Survivor Ticket, $75 Pink Lounge Ticket Info: komenlouisville.org
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aving lost both of her grandmothers to breast cancer, Natalie Officer is always on the ball for the cure. The 2013 “Knock It Out” Pink Tie Ball isn’t her first time to bat for Susan G. Komen. In 2011 and 2012, the décor committee benefited from the expertise and resources she brings to the table as founder and owner of Natalie O. Design Co. This year, the design maven is partnering with event, marketing and promotion guru Joey Wagner. They’re digging in their cleats and bringing new game to the annual pigment party.
I’ve already heard tons of buzz about changes to Pink Tie Ball this year. What are some that you are most excited about? The Pink Tie Ball has a history of being tremendous. We are elevating the focus on survivors in a way we have not done before, as they are the true celebrities of this fight. They will have a private dinner in the weeks ahead of the event and be able to share their story with the community through a documentary film project. Drawings for makeovers, swag bags filled with gifts, amazing food and most of all the friendship and connection with people who have traveled the same path will be the bounty of this intimate time together. We have also moved the event to the locally owned Marriott East; they have completed a renovation and the venue will floor you.
You are an expert at decor. Tell us how this year’s theme will be represented in the event decor? Our throw back to old school baseball has mass appeal. We are partnering with Louisville Slugger and taking our theme to new heights. Our decor will have the beauty of a regal gala in the ballroom and inviting
comfort of a hometown baseball game in the entry and lobby. We hope to create an experience not just an event. I think it will be a “homerun.” Forgive me, if you will!
The Pink Lounge has a reputation for being one of the most fun parties of the year. What are the plans to carry on that tradition? Our famed Pink Lounge, better known as an amazing after-party, will have its own second floor location where attendees can dance it up. The lounge will transport you to a futuristic cocktail lounge and feel like its very own event.
For those of us who get auction fever, what great items will be up for bid this year? We have pulled out all of the stops for our supporters and co-survivors this year. If you love baseball and those experiences that you can’t find anywhere else, this is the event for you. Not only do we have local baseball options, but we are doing our best to pull from all of the best Major League Baseball cities. Our silent auction will have its very own Diamond Dugout to round out the offerings for our female guests too. A little sparkle goes a long way.
Last year Marilyn Monroe was such a hit at this event. Can we get a sneak peak at some entertainment to expect this year? We all love a man in uniform, but if a few had to lose their shirts for a great cause, it would be OK too. The Pink Tie Ball will be a black tie affair again this year but pink ties are always encouraged. Natalie suggests that gentlemen get creative with hand-painted ties in memory of family members. This tulip dress by Tadashi works for both the dinner and the lounge. TONYA ABELN
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Tadashi Shoji pink tulip dress $395, Kenneth Lane necklace $125, Mary Frances clutch $280 all from Glasscock Boutique. Badgley Mishcka Humbie IV Platform Pump in Rose Gold $160 from DSW.