TV’s Giuliana and Bill Rancic to Go Pink in Boca
July 11, 2012
“E! News Live” co-anchor Giuliana Rancic is monitoring her tweets on the way home from Paris this week. But her fans can see her in person in Boca Raton on Oct. 26, possibly with her new baby.
Rancic and her husband Bill, the first candidate hired on Donald Trump’s “The Apprentice,” are keynote speakers at this year’s Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation’s ninth annual Go Pink Luncheon at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Luncheon tickets are $150 and go on sale Aug. 27. Registration and sponsorships are open.
The celebrity journalist made news when a routine mammogram picked up breast cancer during in vitro fertilization last September, according to widespread reports. When a lumpectomy wasn’t effective, TV audiences watched the Style Network’s reality show couple opt for a double mastectomy with reconstruction. Giuliana bounced back on the red carpet and E!’s “Fashion Police,” and the pair are waiting for a baby boy to be born via a gestational carrier.
“I think she’s an inspiration for all women, and the two of them will be on stage together and the plan is for them to have a dialogue,” said Jan Savarick, president of Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation. “We have a very engaged luncheon committee, and we got a lot of recommendations from the community and she was at the top of everyone’s list.”
Patti Carpenter has been the luncheon’s chairwoman since its inception and said her committee of 40 was on board with the choices. “We wanted her as soon as we knew her story,” she said. “There are a lot of people who can relate to her and what she’s been through. She comes across as a personable type of lady, and they’ll have a warm reception from the audience.”
Carpenter’s private cocktail party for major sponsors and invited guests is always a big part of this Boca Raton fundraiser that attracted nearly 1,500 people last year. “We had to be cooperative and understand their schedule, so instead of having people the night before, we have to have it that evening,” she said.
The luncheon speaker is always a celebrity who has survived breast cancer. “The Nanny’s” Fran Drescher, who founded Cancer Schmancer, and “Sex and the City’s” Kristin Davis propelled the sold-out seating the last two years. Davis stood in for her former co-star Cynthia Nixon, and talked about getting a mammogram when she found out Nixon had breast cancer.
Giuliana was born in Naples, Italy in 1975, and her family moved to Washington when she was young. Her bio on the Internet Movie Database says she taught herself English by watching daytime TV. She has a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree from American University.
“She had a dream as a little girl to be a journalist, and did what she needed to do to be successful,” Savarick said. “Her relationship with Bill, and going this public with their trials and tribulations and wanting children so much… She got right back out there and didn’t let this get her down.”
Once they sell out the luncheon, “the only way to generate additional dollars is sponsorships, so we encourage people to step up and sponsor a table,” Savarick said.
“It’s a good event, well run with exceptional speakers, and don’t forget we have a lot of survivors,” Carpenter said. “I asked them to stand last year, and I thought: ‘Look at all these courageous women.’ And we have the best care.”
Dr. Louise Morrell, medical director of the Lynn Cancer Institute, “adds a personal dimension on what’s happening in the world of breast cancer,” Savarick said.
“We inform the audience what treatments are up to date and how to treat this condition and people want to hear her,” Carpenter added.
Go Pink Luncheon is the signature event for the foundation’s community initiative to raise money for breast cancer detection and diagnostic services provided by the Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute. “I’m honored the foundation asks me every year, and I’m proud of the event,” Carpenter said.