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Chic Aweareness ovarian cancer fundraiser moves online

Sep. 1, 2022, 8:38 AM


by Tom Wilemon

The ninth annual Chic Awearness, a fundraiser for ovarian cancer research at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC), is an online event this year from now throughout September with an in-store shopping opportunity to close out the month called Chic Week.

“The beauty of this year’s event is that instead of buying a $125 ticket to attend the fashion show, someone can give $25 or $50 or whatever fits their budget,” said Marci Houff, an ovarian cancer survivor who founded the event, which is a collaboration with VICC.

Donations can be made at Since its founding, Chic Awearness has raised more than $650,000 for ovarian cancer research and support at VICC.

“We are very grateful for our match sponsors this year, who are H.G. Hill Company, Bank of America Private Bank, PathGroup and Truist,” Houff said.

Clothing retailers who have agreed to donate a portion of sales during Chic Week, Sept. 25 through Oct. 1, include Emerson Grace, H. Audrey, J. Michaels Clothiers, Levy’s Clothier for Men and Women, Peter Millar and Stitch-It & Co.

“Our reach has become bigger than we have ever had in the past, which is wonderful because ovarian cancer has affected so many people we love,” Houff said. “We have high hopes for the future.”

Next year, the 10th anniversary Chic Awearness will return as an in-person fashion show, she said.

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