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Thriving Pink: Pink Gala recognizes grant recipients

Special to The Enterprise

Mar 30, 2024

Next month, Thriving Pink will host its eighth annual Thriving Pink Gala at the beautiful Yin Ranch Indoor Pavilion on Friday, April 26. 

Our community will be recognizing all the recent grant awardees with their families, many generous community partners, and community service awardees: Rose Cholewinski (Granting Pink Chair), Sneha Geethakrishnan (UC Davis), and Guillermina Perez (ProspeROSA Committee Member).  Each of these outstanding women have been dedicated volunteers and positive leaders supporting our breast cancer community. 

Please mark your calendar to join us to celebrate and recognize these Local Pink Heroes. Visit www.thrivingpink.orgto reserve your seat for this good cause.

Thriving Pink’s grant program will provide financial assistance this year to 27 inspiring and very deserving local women who have been diagnosed and impacted by breast cancer in Yolo County. These individual financial grants provide direct support for immediate and essential needs, including medical care, rent, groceries, treatment, and prescriptions.

We will be “Honoring the Journey” and supporting each of these incredible women at the upcoming Thriving Pink Gala.  Many breast cancer survivors face challenging financial hardships while going through extensive treatment with limited health insurance.  So many of these women care more about their families than themselves, and they worry about providing for the basic needs of their children and loved ones. 

The grant committee works closely with many medical providers, nurses, and physicians who refer their patients to receive mentoring support and financial grants from Thriving Pink.  We wish to thank our generous and caring community for embracing our mission which helps Thriving Pink to provide so many women in the breast cancer community with a network of compassionate care and practical resources. 

Thriving Pink’s Granting Pink Chair, Rose Cholewinski, owner of SwimAmerica-Davis, shared “I am so proud of our community partners who ensure Thriving Pink can continue to do this good work. We have been able to provide a total of over $300,000 since this program started to help many in our community who are fighting an uphill battle with this disease that has taken too many loved ones.” 

“The generosity and personal support provided for those of us who receive these generous gifts makes Thriving Pink unique in this community,” says Martha Ozonoff, a past grant recipient who volunteers her time as a Thriving Pink board member to help the community.    

Another grant recipient recently shared, “I am thankful for Thriving Pink and the great support from this caring community.  Your generosity has helped to pay for my medical care and treatment which is so very helpful, and I appreciate all the love and support from other women who have been on the same journey.”

Thriving Pink also provides Pink Peers with support groups for newly diagnosed women, and open workshops which are professionally facilitated and led by medical providers on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month. Please join the Pink Team for a upcoming calendar events, visit the website calendar at, and RSVP to

The Thriving Pink team is focused on its mission to serve and support thrivers and survivors impacted by breast cancer in Yolo County.  As a volunteer-driven, local nonprofit, Thriving Pink is led by a dedicated group of board members and community leaders, including many who have been through this difficult diagnosis of breast cancer and want to give back to the local community. 

“What’s Raised Here, Stays Here,” says Joni Rubin, Thriving Pink Board Chair and local breast cancer survivors/thriver. “I mentor and support others because no one should go through this journey alone. Thank you for supporting our Thriving Pink community!

“We truly appreciate all the generous supporters and donors who give their time and resources to support Thriving Pink and this amazing financial grant program. 100% of the donations will stay in this community to directly help local breast cancer survivors,” shared Leslie Hunter, Executive Director of Thriving Pink. 

Until there is a cure, Thriving Pink is committed to its mission to help others through this difficult breast cancer journey. If you or someone you know would like to volunteer or needs support for a recent diagnosis of breast cancer, please contact Thriving Pink at or visit Together, we are building stronger families and a stronger community. 

— Submitted by the Thriving Pink Board of Directors

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