In March, the IIIB’s Foundation hosted its 3rd annual Pink Tie Charity Ball to support breast cancer survivors. The event was held at the Hilton Washington Dulles Airport and featured dinner, dancing, a live and silent auction and Washington Redskins record-setting running back Alfred Morris.
Carolyn Cole-Rodenburg is a breast cancer survivor and the Founder & President of The IIIB’s Foundation. In 2004, Cole-Rodenburg created the IIIB’s Foundation and since then has dedicated her life to helping and supporting breast cancer survivors.
Find out how Morris’s night went and which old school song he danced to here:
Cole-Rodenburg, and Karin Lindberg, IIIB’s Foundation Co-Chair and fellow breast cancer survivor, were at Redskins Park this past September for the Redskins All-Star Survivor Luncheon. The luncheon focused on 20 breast cancer survivors who were chosen to come and spend a fun-filled day at Redskins Park.
When Carolyn and Karin pulled up to Redskins Park that day to set up for the event, it was there where they met number 46 for the first time.
“We had 20 pink baskets to hand out to these survivors, it was raining and when we pulled up I asked him (not knowing who he was) and Eric Kettani to help us. They did, and we started talking about our Foundation and what we do. We talked about the event in February and he said he wanted to come and that he would wear a pink tuxedo,” Lindberg said.
After meeting Carolyn and Karin, Morris embarked on his rookie season where he exceeded expectations and was a key cog to the league’s top-rated rushing attack. As the season drew to a close and the event drew near, there was no doubt in Lindberg’s mind that Morris would show up, “From that moment on, we kept in touch and he kept his promise.”
Morris showed up to the event as promised in a bright pink shirt and pink bow tie and his dancing shoes, ready to support a great cause. Morris didn’t show up alone however, bringing three of his closest friends as well as his parents.
“Alfred arrived and stood there and took pictures with attendees for at least an hour and a half and he had the widest smile on his face the entire time,” Cole-Rodenburg said. “He was so great and everyone wanted to take a picture with him.”
After taking photos, spending time and having some laughs with the attendees, Morris got ready for the live auction, but before he did there was a surprise in store for him.
“Alfred showing up to our event was the best, but we wanted to make it more,” Lindberg said. “So we asked him if he would be our Honorary Chair and his first thought was ‘I don’t want to take away from the survivors and the event.’”
As the live auction began, Morris prepared to fulfill his new duties has Honorary Chair Member. One item in the live auction that had particular meaning that night—a ball signed by the man himself.
Morris’s presence at the event was extremely appreciated and it showed when it came time to bid on the ball signed by the sixth round pick.
“It was amazing to see the energy in the room, as people continued to bid on this item,” Lindberg said. “The football finally went for $2500.”
After the auctions and dinner had finished, it was time for Morris to show off his skills, but on this occasion it was to hit the dance floor.
“Alfred was so full of energy and so great when it came to dancing. He was having a blast on the dance floor doing the YMCA and really getting into it with all the attendees,” Cole-Rodenburg said.
When the lights brightened and the night came to an end, no one wanted to leave. The night had been not only a huge blast for everyone that attended, but was also a huge success in raising money for breast cancer survivors, the true stars of the event. The 3rd annual Pink Tie Charity Ball was able to raise $100,000 dollars that night.
One of the staples IIIB’s Foundation is the Bosom Buddy Basket. The basket, which is sent to women recently diagnosed with breast cancer, includes a wide variety of gifts such as support booklets written by breast cancer survivors and activity books. Because of the money raised during this past year’s charity ball, the IIIB’s Foundation was able to send over 650 baskets.
The Honorary Chair’s participation in the event and the support he showed had a lasting affect on some of the most unlikely people. Chris Tully who was the Pink Tie Charity Ball MC, posted this on his Facebook:
“Last night I had the pleasure of meeting Alfred Morris of the Redskins. I am a Cowboys fan through and through, but the class, good-natured attitude and selflessness that he showed last night has made me a fan… In a world of celebrities and athletes who think the world revolves around them, this amazing guy stands out for his humility, likability and down-to-earth demeanor. I will NEVER say HTTR but—Hail to Alfred Morris! I am now one of his biggest fans”
Mr. Tully’s thoughts were echoed by Co-Chair Karin Lindberg who said “He is an amazing player, but truly even more amazing off the field.”
“He truly is a selfless and humble person. He did want to take away from the event or what it meant at all by being there. After meeting his parents it wasn’t hard to see where he got his humble good natured personality. It was so great to have him there and we really hope he comes back next year,” IIIB’s Founder and President Carolyn Cole-Rodenburg added.
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