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Dr. Ken Jeong adds Go Pink speaker to his movie and TV resume

Known for his roles in “Crazy Rich Asians,” “The Hangover” and on TV, Dr. Ken Jeong is this year’s “Go Pink” speaker.

The actor, comedian, producer, writer and physician will talk about his role as a caregiver at the 16th annual luncheon on Oct. 18.

In 2008, Jeong’s wife, Dr. Tran Ho, was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. Their twin girls Zooey and Alexa were 1-year-old. Jeong will share his experience as caregiver, while balancing the roles of husband, father and actor.

The luncheon is 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Proceeds go to breast cancer detection and treatment at Boca Raton Regional Hospital.

Boca Voice interviewed Karissa Thomann, special events officer for Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation about this year’s Go Pink.

Q: Why is Jeong speaking about this now?

A: As with any serious or complex illness, the diagnosis of cancer takes a toll. Not only on the patient, but the entire family.

Even with his wife being cancer free for 10 years, Dr. Jeong remains passionate about breast cancer. He wants to empower men and women to be their own healthcare advocates. He stresses the importance of breast cancer screenings.

Q: Are you returning to the former format for the talk and presentations this year?

A: This year’s luncheon will again feature the ever-popular in-the-round format with Dr. Jeong giving the keynote address.

Q: Will Dr. Louise Morrell give the audience her annual update on the latest treatments for breast cancer?

A: Dr. Morrell will address the circle of care that patients can expect at Boca Raton Regional Hospital and Lynn Cancer Institute. Noted as an educator and spokesperson, Dr. Morrell is the medical director of the Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute. She co-founded the Go Pink Luncheon.

Q: For people who are new to Go Pink, walk us through the pre-event, the wall and raffles.

A: The luncheon features a variety of fundraising initiatives, including the Saks Fifth Avenue Pink Daisy Pick Raffle. This year’s grand prize is a Saks Fifth Avenue New York Fashion Week experience courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue Boca Raton. The Saks Fifth Avenue Daisy Pick Raffle Wall will also include hundreds of prizes. They include trendy area boutiques, restaurants, shops, vacation stays, and more. The Wall of Strength is an opportunity for guests to pay tribute to friends and family members who exemplify strength, courage and perseverance. Guests can share a personal message of hope for a friend battling cancer or show support for a breast cancer survivor.

Q: Will sponsors get to meet Jeong?

A: Luncheon Circle of Hope and above sponsors and all specialty sponsors are invited to a Meet & Greet with Dr. Ken Jeong. The VIP reception immediately follows the luncheon at the Boca Raton Resort & Club.

Q: How much did Go Pink raise last year?

A: Last year, the luncheon raised more than $1.1 million for breast cancer programs and treatment at Boca Raton Regional Hospital.

Q: Should people buy tickets soon and is this usually a sellout? 

A: Those who wish to attend the luncheon should reserve their sponsorships, tables or tickets immediately. For more information on how to secure sponsorships, tables or tickets visit https://donate.brrh.com/GoPink

This luncheon is sold out every year. We plan to sell out very quickly this year as well. Our keynote speaker has already sparked interest through his personalized message on social media.

A: Guests are usually mostly women? Do they actually wear pink?

A: In years pastwe have seen that guests of the luncheon are predominantly women. However, we encourage both men and women to participate and support this important cause. What sets this luncheon apart from [other] breast cancer awareness events in Boca Raton is that everyone, for the most part, participates in wearing pink. It’s a fun way for guests to show their support of the cause and to honor breast cancer awareness month.

Q: Who is behind this major event every year?

A: Community philanthropist Patti Carpenter serves as the luncheon chair and hosts the event. The luncheon’s Go Pink committee works diligently to enhance our luncheon. We know our sponsors and guests will be pleased.

Our honorary chairs for this year’s luncheon include: Freyda Burns, Annie Green, Barbara Gutin, Michelle Coulombe-Hagerty, Deborah Lindstrom, Christine E. Lynn, Judy Levis Markhoff, Barbara Schmidt, Thea Stoneman and Elaine J. Wold.

These ladies are exemplary leaders in our community. We are so fortunate for their philanthropic support to our hospital and for breast cancer awareness.  

By Marci Shatzman

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