Komen Philadelphia volunteer, supporter and Pink Tie Ball auctioneer, Steve Katz shares what makes his involvement so personal and important.
As much as I like being in auctioneer and help raising money for various charities, Susan G. Komen holds a special place for me. In addition to my love and respect for Komen Philadelphia CEO, Elaine Grobman, and her staff, unfortunately, my family has been tragically affected by this devastating disease. My grandmother, my mother, my aunt as well as my sister all suffered with breast cancer.
On September 1 of 2016, after a long and drawn-out fight, my sister, Linda Joy Grife succumbed to her breast cancer. She was an amazing human being. The fact that over a thousand people attended her funeral, as well as that every single one of them said they were her “best friend” attests to her incredible personality.
Interestingly, this year’s Komen Philadelphia Pink Tie Ball was held on October 15. It would have been Linda’s 55th birthday. We will miss her radiant personality and brilliant smile.
I pray that Komen will be so successful in the near future that none of us will need to attend another gala fundraiser like the Pink Tie Ball.
Please continue to do all the good work that you do; you are making a difference.
– Steven J. Katz