Cancer survivors honored with unique gift


The chairs of Delray Beach Public Library’s fourth annual Girls, Pearls, Hats & Heels (GPHH), Nilsa McKinney and Karen Rogers, will take this fabulous event in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month to the next level with many exciting, new features at the spacious Seagate Country Club. This fabulous two-day event features a VIP Preview Night chaired by Nicole Pasqual on Wednesday, Oct. 7 from 6-9 p.m. and GPHH shopping and luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 8 from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. The proceeds of this event will benefit the Delray Beach Library’s Foothold on the Future Campaign Children’s Department expansion and the Bethesda Hospital Foundation for breast cancer treatment and educational programs. The American Cancer Society’s estimates that in the United States, about one in eight (12 percent) of women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetimes. GPHH is very personal for honorary chair Karen Rogers and event founder Jan Kucera, who are both breast cancer survivors. “I strongly believe that awareness is the key to early detection and early detection is the key to curing this disease and this event helps with that awareness as well as helping Bethesda Hospital and the library,” said Rogers, who is a Bethesda Hospital Foundation Board member, a member of the Women of Grace Committee and the Bethesda Magnolias, is a strong library supporter and a new member of the Impact 100 Board. According to Kucera, “Girls, Pearls, Hats & Heels is so special to me. Breast cancer sidelined me for over a year and when I was healthy again, I was determined to create a fundraiser that celebrated survivors, while benefitting these two wonderful organizations.” Kucera is a Delray Beach resident, Library Board member and active community leader. Because this event is so important, GPHH Chairperson Nilsa McKinney has invited famed fashion illustrator Carlos Marrero to join the cause. “Everyone’s family has been touched by this disease, even my own, and that is why I was so excited to be part of this two-day event. I could not say yes fast enough,” said Marerro, who has been a fashion illustrator for over 25 years. Marrero’s work has been featured in Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Deco Drive and Vogue magazines. His designs have been featured in Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom and Henri Bendel, and have been worn by many local celebrities. He has recently launched The Marrero Collection, a compilation of couture statement pieces such as handbags and scarves. Carlos has agreed to design a one-ofa- kind, special edition scarf to be given to all the women in the event’s Survivor’s Circle. He will be attending the VIP Preview Night showcasing The Marrero Collection and will personally autograph all the limited edition scarves for the Survivor’s Circle with a specially designed pen at the GPHH daytime event. He has also graciously agreed to donate a portion of all sales back to the library. You can still pay tribute to loved ones, friends and family members who have experienced breast cancer by joining the GPHH Survivor’s Circle. Honorees will be greeted at a special VIP checkin, receive a signed, limited edition Marrero Collection couture scarf and be recognized at the event and in the event program. For more information, to take out a Survivor Tribute ad or to join the Survivor’s Circle, visit For further information or to receive an invitation, call (561) 266-0799 or visit