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The Fairmont Washington, D.C. Goes Pink For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Pink Flowers, Pink Lighting and Pink Cocktails
and a Donation to Living in Pink

WASHINGTON – September 18, 2009

The Fairmont Washington, D.C. is “Going Pink” for the third consecutive year during the month of October in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Beginning Wednesday, October 1, 2009 the hotel lobby will be filled with pink flowers, the courtyard garden will be lighted in hues of pink, and the Lobby Lounge staff will serve pink cocktails clad in Pink breast cancer awareness ties provided by Tickled Pink a Lilly Pulitzer®Signature Store.

The Lobby Lounge is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m., and overlooks the hotels serene courtyard garden.

Located at 2401 M Street, NW, The Fairmont Washington, D.C. is convenient to the finest museums, theaters (including the Kennedy Center), shopping and dining. Close to two metro stations, it is five miles from Reagan National Airport and 33 miles from Dulles International Airport. At 415 rooms and luxury suites, The Fairmont Washington, D.C. offers a wealth of facilities while maintaining an air of tranquility insured through the design of intimate spaces, plenty of natural daylight, and a cascade of plants both inside and out.

Guests will enjoy a variety of pink alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails each evening in the lobby lounge while basking in various shades of pink. For each cocktail purchased during the month of October, including The Tickled Pink, The Pink Mojito, The Pink Diamond, Strawberries and Cream and The Power of Pink, 10% of the proceeds will be donated directly to Living in Pink. Each guest will also receive a “Living in Pink” breast cancer awareness bracelet. Since its inception in 2004, Living in Pink contributions have helped to fund a variety of local and national research endeavors to further the prevention and treatment of breast cancer. For information on Living in Pink, please visit:
www.livinginpink.com

The Lobby Lounge is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m., and overlooks the hotels serene courtyard garden.

Located at 2401 M Street, NW, The Fairmont Washington, D.C. is convenient to the finest museums, theaters (including the Kennedy Center), shopping and dining. Close to two metro stations, it is five miles from Reagan National Airport and 33 miles from Dulles International Airport. At 415 rooms and luxury suites, The Fairmont Washington, D.C. offers a wealth of facilities while maintaining an air of tranquility insured through the design of intimate spaces, plenty of natural daylight, and a cascade of plants both inside and out.

Please visit:
www.fairmont.com/washington

Written by 9NEWS NOW
Created:10/26/2007 3:14:46 PM
Last Updated:10/26/2007 4:57:15 PM

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Chevy Chase, Md. (WUSA)

It’s amazing how breast cancer can be a positive journey that changes someone’s life. That’s how one local woman describes her experience. JC & Friends features Michele Conley of Chevy Chase.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women. In 2004, Michele Conley decided to do something local to help support breast cancer research. Being a breast cancer survivor, and knowing that there are more than 2 million women living with the disease, Conley was inspired to start an annual luncheon called “Living in Pink”. Living in Pink has raised thousands of dollars in grant money for research. Conley’s friend and chief medical advisor, Dr. Pamela Peeke has been key to the success of Living In Pink. Together, they have taken a simple plan, and created big results, and proved how powerful an individual can be while fighting a life changing situation.

The Living in Pink Annual Luncheon was held last Friday and it was a huge success. Grants will be awarded to the Washington Cancer Institute and the Prevent Cancer Foundation. It’s not too late to make a donation. Another way Living in Pink raises money is by selling specialty products online.

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Michele Conley

The Players
By Veena Trehan

When your parents told you to embody gritty determination, embrace optimism and target seemingly impossible goals, they should have pointed to Michele Conley rather than a nearby academic superstar.The State Farm Insurance agent hosted her second annual Living in Pink foundation luncheon to raise money for research on breast cancer, a disease she’s been diagnosed with twice. Over lunch at Café Milano, the mom of four narrated her defining struggles and achievements. Here’s Conley in her own words – we couldn’t say it better.

Her claim to fame: I had no hair but I won the singles championship at the Kenwood Country Club, the mixed doubles championship and the women’s doubles championship while undergoing chemotherapy. I thought that was pretty good.Her most difficult questions: I’ve been asked two really tough questions and they both came from my children. The first one was post-diagnosis when I sat them down and told them. They were eight, eight, six and four. My oldest son, one of the twins, said, “Are you going to die?” I said, “No – dying is not an option.” The second time it was the same son.

I sat down with my family and said, “There is a new spot of cancer. Mom’s going to do things differently this time. I’m going to have a lot of surgery done (a double mastectomy and hysterectomy) and the reason why I want to talk to you guys is I want you to know you can expect [six weeks of bed rest].” We explained the whole process and my son said, “Mom, are you okay with this decision?” I said, “I think it’s the best decision for all of us, it’ll keep mom healthy. It’ll be a tough transition when I’m in the healing process but it’s the smartest decision.”He said, “Well, if you’re okay with it, then I’m okay with it.” Coming from a 12 year-old boy, it blew me out of the water.

On the secret to Living in Pink’s success: Basically, it’s just a network of hard working women, there are 10 on the committee, with an average of 3.4 children. My friend Laurie brings us up because she has seven, but all of us have an obnoxious amount of children.We’re all really hard-working committed women who do our meetings at night when kids are in bed.Margaritas do help.”

On her two-decade career detour: A friend of mine worked for State Farm Insurance for about 30 years. I had known him because I waitressed through college to help pay for books. We’d always chat, every time I’d say, “That’s not the area I want to go into, I really want to get into sports marketing or journalism.” Finally one day I felt so bad about saying no, I said “Okay, I’ll meet up.” I went to meet his boss and took a test, sat and listened to the options for State Farm agents and I thought, “Well, I don’t have a full time position yet, so why don’t I just try it?” So I tried it and 20 years later, I’m still trying it.

Conley, who runs over 25 miles a week, believes she naturally has “tons of energy.” Bottle it with your other qualities,Michele, and save our kids from our lectures.

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