March 1, 2019
It Takes a Village of Volunteers
It takes a dedicated team of energetic volunteers to organize and produce the Challenge of the Americas. This mighty force works hard to create an evening of thrilling entertainment – all to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through Play for P.I.N.K. Check out the Who’s Who page on the COTA website to see the smiling faces of those who work tirelessly to #ChallengeBreastCancer. Thanks team. We couldn’t do it without you!Three generous donors have chosen the newest level of support for the 2019 Challenge of the Americas, the Pink Patrons.
Oak Meadows Farm
Cece Stewart of Oak Meadows Farm is a faithful COTA supporter who, not only believes in the cause, but has a special reason to support the Challenge. “I do this in honor of my sister, Lee Waite, who is a breast cancer survivor,” Cece said. “She has been cancer-free for 15 years. She is an amazing lady with a huge heart and great courage. Her life goal has been to serve others as a nurse for 30 years and she is currently an ICU nurse at Carolinas Medical in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is simply a great role model and inspiration. Together, with the support of one another and through events like the Challenge of Americas, we are helping to fight for the cure. Many heartfelt thanks to everyone who is sponsoring, organizing, performing, or volunteering for this great event.”
Lark’s Home Run
Lark’s Home Run (aka Homer) and his human, Elizabeth (aka Beth) Stauber-Johnson, also chose to support the 2019 Challenge as a Pink Patron because of special people in their lives taken by breast cancer. Beth’s mother and her husband Ron’s mother died from complications of the disease.“It is not a lesson in intelligence when confronted by the insidious, wicked and vile killer,” Beth said. “The only hope is to focus on the raw fight to beat it, which is becoming more and more successful through the research COTA supports. In thinking emotionally about watching my Mom’s war with it, a rather well-known quote from Marilyn Monroe comes to mind, one that actually my Mom wore on her chest, if not literally, surely subliminally. It is, ‘Sometimes you just have to throw on a crown and remind them who they are dealing with.’ God bless all who fought and are no longer able, and all those who fought and have survived. Ten years later, and forever, I will always be proud of my Mom never giving up. Never, never.”
Florida Atlantic University
“The Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University is nationally recognized for its innovative curricular and research programs that emphasize high touch-high tech training experiences to produce the next generation of clinical and research leaders,” said Dr. Janet Robishaw, the Senior Associate Dean for Research, and Chair and Professor of Biomedical Science at FAU’s Schmidt College of Medicine. “In particular, our faculty are working to identify how genetics and lifestyle factors affect the risk of developing breast cancer with the ultimate goal of preventing the disease. We are proud to sponsor the Challenge of the Americas and to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through its Play for P.I.N.K initiative to improve the quality of life for all patients and survivors.”
March 6, 2018
Homer Hits It Out of the Park with Support of Challenge of the Americas
Homer is thrilled to support the Challenge of the Americas (COTA) as a Partner for Pink, but his mom won’t let him go to the Friday, March 9 event to sit ringside at the Global Dressage Festival showgrounds. She’s afraid that his fondness for eating the contents of all the sugar packets may make him an unsuitable dining companion at the Challenge Gala.
That’s because Homer is a horse. A horse with his own website and Facebook page.
When Homer, whose full name is Larks Home Run, saw the gorgeous Grand Prix dressage horses trailering into Team Winged Foot’s freestyle quadrille practices from his stall at Ruth Hogan Poulsen’s Bespoke Farm, he wanted to get in on the fun. He asked him mom, Elizabeth “Beth” Stauber-Johnson, if he could practice too but she suggested that, instead, he become a Partner for Pink.
He was excited since one of the perks of being a Partner for Pink is two tickets to the Challenge Gala and Homer was ready to don his best pink polo wraps, add some pink glitter to his mane and tail, and enjoy the competition from a ringside seat at the Global Dressage Festival show grounds. Beth put the kibosh on that.
“My mom said I can’t go to the event and I’m bummed,” Homer said. “But, the other guys in the barn and I have a plan to break out of our stalls and watch the livestream of the event on the Chronicle TV channel, tv.coth.com, in Ruth’s office. Shhhhh! Don’t let on you know.”
Homer said that Beth was pleased to be a part of the event since it raises funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through their partner Play for P.I.N.K.
“My mom’s own mother died from breast cancer and she’s happy to help me support the cause,” Homer said.
Beth said she likes how easy it is to become a part of the Challenge of the Americas through Partners for Pink and she’s excited to help organize the large group coming from Bespoke Farm to cheer on Team Winged Foot.