TribeFest 2013 at the Mason School of Business

A photo of the Mason School students who put on last year’s TribeFest.

Breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer in women in the United States today, and it is also is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women. Around 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and 40,000 women will die this year from it. There are many organizations out there that support research for cancers of all types, as well as providing support for patients and their families. The fight against cancer, and specifically breast cancer, is seemingly unending but we have come a long way to improving a patient’s outcome after diagnosis and improving their quality of life while receiving care.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the largest non-profit breast cancer organization in the country. Since 1982 it has been using donor funds to increase awareness, fund research, and aid in health services in the U.S. and over 50 other countries worldwide. While its most well-known fundraising activity is the annual Race for the Cure event, the 125 affiliate offices across the country also partner with local groups and events year-round. The Komen Tidewater chapter was founded in 1999 by Susan Willis, Nancy Companion, and Eileen Werber and it has had great success in bringing the Komen organization’s mission to southeast Virginia.

Komen Tidewater has their annual Race in mid-October and most of the funds (up to 75%) stay in the area to support research, provide diagnostic and screening services, and aid with treatment and education for uninsured or underinsured women. The remainder of what is raised goes to national research entities. The Race, however, is not the only thing the Tidewater chapter is involved with. Komen Tidewater is heavily involved in the community and has been part of events such as Pink in the Rink with the Norfolk Admirals ice hockey team, Hoops for the Cure with the ODU Lady Monarchs Basketball Team, and as of 2012 TribeFest with the William & Mary MBA Association.

Last spring was the first annual TribeFest event and it was quite a success. Over 500 people showed up to the day-long event. There were several local bands performing, a silent auction and wine auction, face painting and a moon bounce for kids, and an abundance of food and beverage courtesy of Paul’s Deli and Williamsburg AleWerks. Members of the Williamsburg community mingled with Mason School of Business students and undergrads and generally had an excellent time. The event raised $8,500 for Komen Tidewater, which was quite impressive for its first year.

TribeFest 2013, scheduled for Saturday April 13, is gearing up to be just as exciting as the inaugural event. Paul’s and AleWerks have graciously signed on again to donate food and adult beverages, and The Crust will also be providing its delicious offerings. Several excellent local bands have signed on to provide entertainment. The UnXpected is a band made up of the coolest and most rocking kids you will find in the tidewater area. The Hark is a local gem that can often be found at Cogan’s and local Williamsburg events. Also, we are very excited to have our own Dan Brandao M.B.A. ’13 and his band Sweetbriar joining the lineup this year. The silent auction will return, as well as some exciting activities for the kids.

Tickets are already on sale and are $10 for adults, $5 for students/faculty/staff with an ID, and kids 12 and under are free. The TribeFest website is an excellent source of information about the event, and updates and general information are posted to the TribeFest social media sites:

Twitter: @WMTribeFest 
Facebook: facebook.com/wmtribefest

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Cary Gilmore

Cary Gillmore is a full-time MBA student with the Mason School of Business at the College of William & Mary.

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