Redding Soroptimists Host Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon

Soroptimist International of Redding is holding its 14th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon on Tuesday, October 18th at the Redding Convention Center. Doors open at 11 a.m. and lunch service starts at Noon.

This year’s luncheon will feature critically acclaimed author, comedienne and speaker, Diana Jordan.

Keynote speaker and veteran stand-up comedienne, Diana Jordan has been entertaining audiences for over twenty years. When Diana appeared on Oprah for the first time, Oprah Winfrey selected her as “One of the funniest people on the planet,” right alongside Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams and Bill Cosby. She was on the show with her best-selling book, “A Wife’s Little Instruction Book: Your Survival Guide to Marriage without Bloodshed”. The book obviously connected with the public, selling over 450,000 copies in five countries and five languages.

It was the application of humor to her own life circumstances that moved her want to share the gift of humor through motivational speaking. While caring for her mother as she battled with emphysema and heart disease during the last four years of her life, Diana’s determination to make her mom laugh, dramatically improved her mother’s life just as Dr. Patch Adams did with his patients.

Unfortunately, Diana had to apply what she learned from the experience with her mom to herself. In 2010 she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy. She had breast cancer reconstruction surgery – going a cup size bigger – okay, two cup sizes bigger (still tasteful!) and when asked at the airport if she was prepared to sit in the emergency row of the airplane Diana quipped, “Don’t worry, I AM the flotation device!” Diana is a living testament to how her sense of humor got her through the difficult times. “People always tell me this is my journey. If that is so, and life’s a journey, then I most certainly forgot to pack!”

Soroptimist International of Redding invites the community to “Think Pink” by joining them for this important event. All proceeds raised from this annual fund raiser go to their Breast Cancer Awareness Fund and are used to provide mammograms to folks in our own community who could not otherwise afford them. The event includes a selection of beautiful raffle baskets, a special fine jewelry raffle and the presentation of our annual Person of Distinction Award. There will also be book sales and signing immediately after the event.

Tickets for this year’s luncheon are $30 and can be purchased at Tri-Counties Bank in Raley’s on Lake Blvd., Kuebler’s Furniture on Churn Creek Road and Banner Real Estate on Hilltop Drive. You can also contact Sherrie Downard for the purchase of tickets to be left at will call at 949-9328.

-from press release
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  1. Avatar Mimi Moseley says:

    May I make a suggestion for future speakers? There is a wonderful organization called National Speakers Association http://www.nsaspeaker.org . There is a level of professionalism guaranteed when using their speakers. Glenna Salsbury is FABULOUS and has had many cases of breast cancer in women close to her. He is hilarious without offending. (Glenna is a member of NSA.) As a speaker we are bond to know where the "lines" are in presenting to any size crowd. Otherwise, I thought the luncheon was a great success.