‘Wear Pink Cocktail Party’


Vembra and David Holnagel sponsored a “Pink” cocktail party Sept. 25 to say “Thank You” to donors and build partnerships for the foundation she helped establish. Board members, donors and guests gathered at the home of Bob and Debra Gustafson in Rancho Santa Fe. Shades of Pink Foundation California provide temporary monetary assistance to women who are experiencing financial distress as a result of a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Grants go directly to cover basic living expenses.

Cely was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer in March 2014. Cely’s husband suffered a stroke and she became his primary caregiver. She spent years lovingly taking care of him until March 2014 when she also suffered a health crisis. In March she started chemotherapy for her breast cancer, which continued through September 2014. In November she underwent a mastectomy, which removed 13 lymph nodes. As a result of the treatment, she developed a rare condition called neuropathy, which has made it difficult for the 62-year-old to walk and maintain her balance. Cely and her husband are relying on disability, Social Security and the kindness of their daughter to help them pay their mounting bills.

Cely said: “I hope that I feel stronger as time goes by. Thank you for your consideration and generosity.” Cely’s daughter said this, “I just wanted to express my sincere gratitude to Shades of Pink California for helping my mom. It means so much to have help with their living expenses. Your assistance lifted her spirit to know someone cared. I was very impressed with your compassion and efficient operations. Well done.”

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