Katie Rost knocks-out Leukemia and Lymphoma, one event at a time.
Having appeared in national advertising campaigns for companies such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Belvedere, David's Bridal, and within the pages and on the cover of magazines such as Honey, Essence, STYLE 101:, and having strutted her stuff for designers such as Stephen Burrows and Lanvin, the gorgeous and leggy top model, Rost, has had a very prestigious career within the fashion and modeling industry.
(Katie Rost, Izod ad campaign)
(Katie Rost, Gilly Hicks ad campaign)
(Katie Rost, Honey magazine cover)
Now, she has her eyes set on another prize and her cause is a noble one, she's championing a cure for blood cancer.
912,938 people in the United States are living with or are in remission from a blood cancer, and Rost has developed Team Believe!, an organized group of the Nation's Capital area philanthropists, whose mission is to help her sock it to cancer. Others from her generation would rather not bother with taking up someone else's bed and walking with it, Rost has gone the extra mile to help ensure that cancer patients have a longer chance at life, even if it involves just being happy for one more day.
Every cent raised by Rost and her team, goes directly to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. In November of 2009, Rost was nominated by the National Capital Area Chapter as a candidate for the society's 'Woman of the Year.'
In support of her campaign for the honor, Rost fully initiated her bid on Saturday, May 15th, by hosting a celebrity-studded, charity event titled 'Monte Carlo Night.'
The soiree, held at the exclusive TPC Clubhouse in Potomac, Maryland, was a casino-themed, creative black-tie affair with an enthralling atmosphere. Roulette tables spun, gambling chips stacked, and party-goers enjoyed live music, a fashion show, and reveled in the delight of raising money AND having fun all in the name of a worthy cause!
(event volunteer, Olayinka Lawal)
(event silent auction)
(event silent auction)
(myself with Andrea Rodgers)
(event volunteers with Katie Rost)
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, via their website, says, "Each year, in communities across the country, dynamic, passionate candidates engage in a spirited competition to earn The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's 'Man & Woman of the Year' titles, by raising funds for blood cancer research. The candidates compete in honor of children who are local blood cancer survivors, the Boy & Girl of the Year. Every dollar counts as one vote, and the titles are awarded to the man and woman with the most votes at the end of ten weeks." So, in regards to the success of Rost's event, as well as her aim for the title, only time will tell, as everyone on the TeamBelieve! staff anxiously awaits the June 12th ceremony that will name this years winners.
Albeit, June is going to be a very busy month for Rost, it will also be a rewarding one, as she will be photographed for VOGUE magazine!!!
Rost's image has already been snapped by elite fashion photographers such as Bruce Weber, Marc Baptiste, and Terry Richardson, but most recently she was 'hand-picked' by Anna Wintour, to join 'The VOGUE 100.' Rost's friend, Andrea Rodgers (also a member and creator of askmissa.com), says the group comprises "influential decision makers and opinion leaders known for their distinctive taste in fashion and culture. The Vogue 100 will represent a group of women in New York, LA, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, DC and San Francisco who personify the rising influence of women over the past several decades."
We here at STYLE 101: congratulate Rost on all of her accomplishments, and will continue to support her charitable efforts, and you, too, can get in on the fundraising action by casting your vote for Rost.
You can pledge online at: www.believeinacureforcancer.com, or by sending your check or money order to:
7809 Fox Gate Ct
Bethesda, MD 20817
* Make Check Payable to: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
* Check Memo line must read: Team Believe - Rost
* Include on Check the Tax ID: #13-5644916
Let's all take a note from Rost's book and help others to "Believe In A Cure for Cancer!"
www.katierost.com, www.askmissa.com, www.mwoy.org, www.believeinacureforcancer.com