By Jamie DeGraaf
Chicago has been endorsed be country superstar LeAnn Rimes-Cibrian. We get a “Fabulous,” which translates to 5 stars in our book.
A previous albeit short-lived Chicagoan herself, Rimes-Cibrian was looking forward to visiting the city on February 25 for the Fashion, Fitness and Fine Art Fundraiser benefiting Bright Pink. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen medical reasons Rimes-Cibrian was unable to attend the event, but her support for the mission of Bright Pink was palpable throughout the evening. Bright Pink is a national non-profit organization that provides education and support to young woman who are at high-risk for breast and ovarian cancer. The event was hosted at The Kimpton’s Palomar Hotel Chicago by Lookstyle and Barre Bee Fit. On display throughout the ballroom was the Revlolving Collections Gallery, completing the theme of fashion, fitness and fine art. The evening featured cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction which boasted multiple dresses donated by Rimes-Cibrian among its collection.
For Rimes-Cibrian, supporting Bright Pink is about empowering women through education. Bright Pink offers support programs and educational workshops that encourage women to be more proactive about their health. “Women need to be more in tune with their bodies; they need to know what to look for, what to feel for in order to catch breast and ovarian cancer early on,” she said. “Bright Pink does a wonderful job in educating women and giving them the power to keep themselves healthy in order to live long, prosperous lives.” To date, Bright Pink is the only resource solely focused on education and early detection for high-risk treatment and it has created a unique community of women that has never previously united.
In addition to Bright Pink, Rimes-Cibrian supports other philanthropic ventures including volunteering with wounded soldiers, Children’s Miracle Network and Stand Up for Kids. “Giving back was something my mom and dad instilled in me early on,” she said. “There’s nothing more gratifying than helping another and bringing a smile to someone’s face.”
Rimes-Cibrian hopes that supporting causes like Bright Pink will spread awareness and inspire people to take action to show their solidarity as well. “Giving back is one of the most important lessons my husband Eddie and I try to instill in Eddie’s sons,” she said. “It’s important to me to help raise children that are more selfless than selfish.”
Rimes-Cibrian and her husband have called Chicago home in the past and were disappointed to miss the opportunity to visit. “It is a fabulous city,” Rimes-Cibrian said. “The people there are so welcoming. I really fell in love with the bar and restaurant at the Elysian hotel and Sunda is a favorite for sushi. Barney’s and RL’s are amazing for brunch. Eddie and I felt very much at home while living there.”