In support of Breast Cancer Awareness month, which takes place in October, LIV Sotheby’s International Realty broker, Anne Dresser Kocur, graciously opened her home to host Pink Ladies Night, an event established to raise funds for Casting for Recovery, an organization that combines breast cancer education and peer support with the therapeutic sport of fly fishing. More than 40 women gathered to support the healing cause on Thursday, October 12th, (the fifth consecutive year Kocur has hosted the event), where guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, libations, and a silent auction.
“October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to call attention to and fundraise for, a cause near and dear to so many of our hearts,” said Kocur. “Casting for Recovery is an organization that supports women with breast cancer in a unique way — they offer free fly fishing weekend retreats to breast cancer survivors of any age, at any stage. I couldn’t be prouder to support this worthy cause.”
On Pink Ladies Night, guests donated items including wine, designer handbags, gift cards for restaurants and salons, hiking boots, books, jewelry, and more for the silent auction held at Kocur’s home. More than $5,600 was raised for Casting for Recovery, with Anne Dresser Kocur generously matching the amount raised, for a total of over $10,000 in donations.
“I’d like to express my sincere gratitude to Anne for hosting Pink Ladies Night,” said Peggy Stevinson, the National Program Director for Casting For Recovery. “This is the 5th year Anne has hosted and matched the donations, helping to maximize the efforts of those who donated!”
Founded in 1996 by a breast reconstruction surgeon and a professional fly fisher, Casting for Recovery’s mission is to enhance the quality of life of women with breast cancer. At 2 ½ day retreats, survivors gather in a natural setting and connect with others on the same journey. Seventy percent of the women who attend these retreats have never been to a support group and end up finding that incredibly important connection that had before been missing.
Why fly fishing? On a physical level, the gently rhythmic motion of fly casting can be good therapy for the upper body, encouraging increased mobility for women who have had surgery or radiation as part of their treatment. The retreat provides resources to help address quality of life issues after a breast cancer diagnosis, and a new outlet – fly fishing – as a reprieve from the everyday stresses and challenges of their cancer. At least one medical professional, one psychosocial counselor and four fly fishing instructors trained specifically for Casting for Recovery staff each retreat.
Casting for Recovery currently offers 55 retreats across the country, serving 800 women each year. To date more than 8,000 women have been served.
For more information, contact LIV Sotheby’s International Realty broker, Anne Dresser-Kocur, at 303.229.6464. To donate to Casting for Recovery, or to get involved, please visit https://castingforrecovery.org/breast-cancer-retreats/colorado/. For all of your real estate needs, please visit, www.livsothebysrealty.com.