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DreamBall After Dark Raising Money To Help Cancer Patients Feel Beautiful

Thu, September 24, 2015 9:00am EDT by Chloe Melas 1 Comment
Courtesy of Dream Ball

The DreamBall After Dark is being held Sept. 24 in NYC and it benefits the ACS’ Look Good Feel Better program and even if you’re not going you can still help!

Most everyone has been personally affected in some way by cancer and has watched the horrible toll the disease takes on one’s body. That’s why the Personal Care Products Council Foundation along with the American Cancer Society created the Look Good Feel Better Program 26 years ago. This international program helps cancer patients deal with the physical side effects of the disease with workshops held by beauty professionals — how cool is this?! The DreamBall After Dark raises money each year to keep this program going and this year they’ve already raised over $50,000!

“I lost my grandmother to Ovarian cancer,” DreamBall After Dark co-founder, Erin Cohen tells “She was vibrant and so full of life and always took pride in how she looked and felt. When I saw her going through treatment, no matter how sick she was, she always had her red lipstick on even in her worst times. It left an impact on me … when I started learning about the Look Good Feel Better Program I immediately connected it to her dealing with the physical side effects as well as the mental side effects. It really empowered me because I had seen first hand when she was very sick what that meant to her.”

This program has helped over 950,000 women and over 1.7 million individuals with cancer since it began. The actual DreamBall After Dark is held at Cipriani 42nd Street each year to raise money with ticket sales and a silent auction. This year the DreamBall which is held right before, is honoring Gina Boswell, director of the personal care portfolio for Unilever USA, Lesley Jane Seymour, editor-in-chief of MORE Magazine and Executive Director of the Meredith Beauty Center of Excellence and 2015 DreamGirl and Look Good Feel Better participant, Mary Shertenleib. The best part is the night will be hosted by actress and comedienne Ali Wentworth!

DreamBall After Dark Co-founder, Stephanie Newhouse tells that she lost her grandmother this past year to cancer and that this year’s event means more to her than anything. “This year is super special and I’m raising funds in my grandmother, Louise [Bond‘s] memory. She went through the [Look Good Feel Better Program] in Canada. It means the world to all of us to raise awareness.” She also adds that donating to this cause is “immediate” because the money goes to a program that helps patients now. “It’s right now, it’s not abstract. The money goes to free workshops, hair and makeup tutorials, helping buy wigs and more.”

HollywoodLifers, if you want to learn more about this program and how you can help, click here.

— Chloe Melas