More than 200 guests donned their finest 1920s-inspired costumes at the fifth annual 50 Shades of Pink Gala and Fashion Show, presented by Bravo TV’s “Married to Medicine” star Dr. Jackie Walters. The annual event, themed “The Great Gatsby,” was hosted this year at the Atlanta City Hall in Downtown Atlanta last Saturday, Oct. 14.
Before the show, guest indulged in light refreshments, including a Jack Daniels-inspired signature drink for the evening called “The Pink Lady.” Emmy-award winning poet Hank Stewart began the ceremony with an earnest ode to breast cancer survivors. Additionally, Chloe Arnold’s Syncopated Ladies entertained the audience with a tap dance routine.
This year’s host, celebrated actor and author Hill Harper, shared his own experience with cancer. Later, Walters joined Harper on stage to encourage the crowd to donate to the foundation, an act she said would, “help a woman battling breast cancer to see her value.”
The talk of the evening surrounded Atlanta’s own Mayor Kasim Reed, who made a $20,000 donation to the foundation, which uses the funds collected by donors to aid women battling breast cancer.
The highlight of the night was the titular fashion show, which showcased a mix of models and “warriors” — women overcoming breast cancer — who stomped the pink runway sporting designs from Linda Bezuidenhout and Bramer Leon.
Among those who attended the gala were Walters’ “Married to Medicine” co-star Dr. Heavenly Kimes, Mariah Huq, actor Ross Fleming, and many more.