Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation “Shades of Roses” in H-Texas Magazine

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On The Scene – Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation Shades of Roses Dinner with Dr. Franklin Rose and Cindi Rose in Fall/ November 2012 issue of H-Texas Magazine – by Laurette M. Veres.


November 7, 2012- Houston, Texas: The Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation Shades of Roses Dinner

DR-FRANKLIN-ROSE-CINDI-ROSE-HOLLY-RIBBON-NOV-2012“Chaired by Shayna Melcher and Jessica Rossman, the Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation Dinner honored Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein.  Nearly 80,000 was raised to help patients like Kelli Brown, who lives in Mexico and is uninsured.  The foundation not only offered reconstructive services, they will also help her get well with alternative methods.  Also in the crowd: Maria Bush, Jared Lang, Dr. Mark Skolkin, Dayna and Emory Skolkin, Lacy Baird, Carolyn and Dr. Gary Kenney, Ben Harwood Rose, Susan and Dan Boggio, Trish Rauch, Martin Fein, Jeff Gremillion and Miya Shay.” – Laurette M. Veres

Founded by Dr. Franklin Rose and Cindi Harwood Rose, the Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation provides free reconstructive surgery to post-cancer patients who are not able to afford health insurance.

From SHELBY’S SOCIAL DIARY – Inspirational 14-year cancer battle of Holly Harwood Skolkin brings song, tributes & glamorous crowd – By Shelby Hodge

“In song and in words, the annual Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation spring dinner at Fleming’s celebrated the memory of Holly Harwood Skolkin, sister of Cindi Harwood Rose who with her husband, plastic surgeon Dr. Franklin Rose, created the non-profit. Skolkin died of breast cancer in February after a 14-year battle with the disease.

Her brave struggle was inspiration for the foundation, which was renamed, from the original Rose Ribbon Foundation, following her death.

As is tradition, the lavish dinner for 100 was hosted and underwritten entirely by Fleming’s operational partner Sam Governale, who continues support begun by Maeve Pesquera several years ago.

With the Rose family involvement, the evening always attracts a glamorous, colorful crowd that on Tuesday night was led by dinner chairs Shayna Melcher and Jessica Rossman, channeling a youthful Ava Gardner.

Kristine Mills - Silhouette
Kristine Mills – Silhouette

This evening had a particularly serious side with Kristine Mills performing a song she had written in Skolkin’s memory and dinner honoree Kelli Cohen Fein, taking the opportunity to give a heartfelt remembrance of and tribute to Skolkin. (Before the party got rolling, she said that she had accepted the honor in order to turn the attention to the memory of her late friend.) Skolkin’s husband, Dr. Mark Skolkin, shared words in her honor as well.

The party crowd included United Airlines exec and benefit auctioneer Dave Hilfman; Lucho’s Hector Villarreal, who provided his signature cigars for the gents in the house; Gordon Bethune, who did his share of bidding in the live auction; and Marc Melcher there supporting Shayna.

Relishing the amazing dinner were Martin Fein, Caroline and Gary Kenney, Joanna Barrett, Karen and Roland Garcia, Maria Bush, Debbie and Rudy Festari, Trish Rauch, Ben Rose, Angelica and Ed Chapman, Susan and Dan Biggio, Jared Lang and Cenk and Catherine Ozdogan.” – Via Houston CultureMap

Read the story in it’s entirety and see the photos here: http://houston.culturemap.com/newsdetail/05-23-12-inspirational-14-year-cancer-battle-of-holly-harwood-skolkin-brings-song-tributes-glamourous-crowd/

Since its inception in Houston, Texas, in 2005, the Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation, in collaboration with Cindi Rose, Dr. Franklin Rose and Tony Rotondo, CEO of the First Street Surgical Center, has helped breast cancer survivors, including women, men and children receive free reconstructive surgery.

Contributions to the Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation provide help for uninsured and under-insured cancer patients of all ages and genders including psychological support, alternative wellness treatments, free reconstructive surgery and free wigs in the US and globally.

The Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation was established in 2005 by well-known, board certified Houston plastic surgeon, Dr. Franklin Rose and silhouette artist Cindi Harwood Rose, the formerly-named Rose Ribbon Foundation continues to provide free reconstructive surgery and other services to post-cancer patients who are not able to afford health insurance.
Several years ago, Cindi Rose’s sister, Holly Harwood Skolkin, was diagnosed with breast cancer and she was told she had three months to live. After learning of their sister’s illness and that more than 45 million such Americans are without health insurance, Dr. Franklin Rose and Cindi Harwood Rose made it their mission to help those in need. Today, the Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) organization, underwrites reconstruction for dozens of these patients each year.

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