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Broward women raise bucks for breast cancer

Weekend of events focus on ‘saving the twinz’

By John Cook | 10/31/2013, 9 a.m.

The Ware House in Lauderhill, was the cite of a spirit-filled, breast cancer awareness event — organized by Belvit Jordan, who also founded “Save the Twinz” four years ago. Her team of women who formed the committee, along with Andrea Jean Baptiste of Axum Management, produced an incredible event where women were the headliners. Their comedy fest showcased Black females who kicked off a recent weekend of festivities entitled “Save The Twinz.”

The hostess, Tamika Bickman, anchor of WPLG Local 10, and emcee “Stitches,” who normally performs as a singer, kept the audience captivated as they introduced each performer. There were excellent performers, which included a band, Saska Sky; three spoken word artists that represented the Blue Apple Poetry Network; and vocalists that included: Kelly Akeda, Ms. Leila Capri and La Vie.

One of the high points of the program, aside from the DJ’s creative interludes of popular music, was the presentation of a 10-year cancer survivor —Rose Poole — who helped raise over $100K. Poole, who clearly won the hearts and support of those present, was given one of several handmade awards that were created by a local artist to honor breast cancer survivors.

Belvit Jordan spoke about the challenges she and her team faced in order to pull off the fourth annual event. She said her committee consisted of multi-talented and extremely dedicated Black women who worked side by side. Baptiste served as the co-chair of the committee and said it was a great way to “heighten breast cancer awareness, raise funds and honor survivors and remember those less fortunate.”

Sponsors included: the City of Fort Lauderdale; Better Concept, Inc.; Axum Management, Inc.; Quality Virgin Hair; Zales Diamond Store; and Russell Flowers.