Vintage Vogue Runway for Research strutted its stuff at its fabulous annual fashion show and fundraiser at Wellesley College to benefit the Dana-Farber Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) Center. Carol Chaoui, the force to be reckoned with behind the event, helped put together a veritable village of seasoned pros to deliver a glam evening of sparkle and style. Producers, set and lighting designers, audio and lighting technicians, graphic designer, film directors and editors, journalists, TV news anchors, stage managers, choreographer and talent coach, chefs, costume designer/tailor, makeup artists, and about 30 models joined forces to make the evening happen.
Lisa Mullins, the voice of WBUR’s All Things Considered, moderated a panel discussion, and Kelley Tuthill, former WCVB reporter and current VP of Marketing and Communications at Regis College, emceed the runway show.
Photo credits: John Mottern.
Chaoui, Wellesley’s own Wonder Woman, is a mom of four and a lifelong runner who was diagnosed with Stage III invasive breast cancer in 2009. After her initial treatment she says, “In August 2015, I was diagnosed with a metastatic recurrence of my breast cancer…in January of 2016, my thyroid cancer also came back and spread. I am now living with two Stage IV diagnoses, but am running almost every day, hoping to inspire newly diagnosed runners.”
Chaoui also runs to raise awareness about living with Stage IV disease and to raise funds for metastatic breast cancer, one of the least funded areas of breast cancer. “As I can no longer run fast, I run for fun, to enjoy each moment and I channel my inner superhero to get me through my treatments. For this reason, I can often be seen dressed as Wonder Woman at races.”
Shout out to Patrice Pressler Goldman for finding the perfect outfit for each model.