From fireworks, to living timelines to cascades of pink icing, hundreds of special supporters, volunteers and sponsor stepped up to commemorate our milestone 20th in the highest fashion. For thousands of survivors & sponsors, the celebration commences with a communal breakfast, compliments of Thriftway & Shop N’ Bag. The culinary masters at Classic Cake commemorate our milestone Race with “20 Tiers for 20 Years,” a sweet celebration big enough to feed 6,000+ breast cancer survivors. Pastry Chef extraordinaire, Robert Bennett of Classic Cake, puts the finishing, touches on 20 hope-filled tiers. A cherished tradition for over a decade, the Jane Lopoten School of Dance inspires thousands wit their performance to kick off the Race-day celebrations. Months of practices and special choreography to capture the hope and community of our Race make the Jane Lopoten School of Dance performance an emotional memory for thousands. It was a “kicking” celebration of 20 years of empowerment, thanks to the spirit of the young women of the Jane Lopten School of Dance and enthusiastic participants. Another long-standing Race tradition, the Joseph A. Ferko String Band is irreplaceable for making our milestone celebration uniquely Philadelphian. Full of energy and commanding attention, the Joseph A. Ferko String Band shifts focus of the commemorative ceremonies to the Art Museum Steps minutes before the Parade of Pink. The Philadelphia Police Honor Guard distinguishes our 20th anniversary commemorative program with its distinctive presence. Members of the Temple University Diamond Marching Band, newcomers to our Race ceremonies, kick up the energy among the crowds as survivors wait to take their victory walk. Kept secret until the big day, the UnitedHealthcare of Pennsylvania “Explosion of Hope” pink fireworks display surprises and delightes thousands. The Philadelphia Police Honor Guard display the colors in celebration and memory as the crowds fall silent for the National Anthem. Part of our Race’s distinction, emotion and celebration for over 15 years, the Voices of Gwynedd brings another air of dignity to the program with the National Anthem. “Our Cherished Chairs,” 20 past Race co-chairs form a living timeline down the Art Museum steps to demonstrate the longevity of our community’s commitment to fighting breast cancer. Pat Goodman, former Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure co-chair and breast cancer survivor proudly represents year two of our Race history Past Race co-chairs & die-hard breast cancer activists, Diane Davis, Donna Davis and Diane Miller mark a 20-year history filled with achievement and leadership in fighting breast cancer. Cheerleaders from the Temple University Diamond Gems keep the high-spirit celebration going strong throughout the entire morning with “3 cheers for a world without breast cancer.” The celebration keeps going after the parade—thanks to the music, fun and energetic entertainment of the Mark Stinger Band, back this year by popular demand. Characters known for bringing celebration everywhere they go, the Phillie Phanatic and Temple Owl help make our Race one that can only be experienced in the City of Brotherly Love. A “negative 11” years old when our Race first started, Kyra Leigh McKillip infuses youth & inspiring vocal talent to the award ceremonies and the conclusion of the Race events. Singing with a full voice… and full heart… Kyra Leigh McKillip is like a hope-filled beacon, calling the crowds to gather for the conclusion of a landmark Race for the Cure.