Pink Ball

pinkball_main Pink Ball is a black-tie gala bringing together those in the community who share a commitment to fighting breast cancer as a life-threatening disease in Japan, and spearheading greater awareness, diagnosis and treatment among Japanese women of all ages – especially in medically underserved regions. The funds raised through Pink Ball go a long way toward the Foundation’s community outreach programs that include the Lemon Project seminars and publication of PiNK magazine, one of our most vital media tools for bringing the latest information about breast cancer treatments and health-related topics on exercise, food, nutrition, and survivor beauty tips to women living in Japan.



To the strains of Verdi’s classic opera La Traviata and the boom of taiko drums, Pink Ball guests enjoyed a thrilling “Music of the Night” this year at The Westin Tokyo. Arias filled the ballroom, performed by The Opera Singers, a group of talented Japanese professional vocalists who serenaded guests in their seats before taking the stage.


Earlier, the Tenrin Daiko drummers captivated the audience with their theatrics, coming all the way from Nagoya to demonstrate their art.

In all, it was a great night for the 250 people who attended, helping raise money and awareness in the fight against breast cancer as a life-threatening disease… [Read More]



Germano Orsara, the highly regarded executive chef of Elio Locanda Italiana

Germano has a passion for genuine Calabrian dishes, which is responsible for the basic authentic taste of the Locanda. He was born on October 8, 1970, in Cetraro, a city blessed with the natural riches of southern Italy. Germano began his culinary adventure in 1987, in Acquappesa city, and continued his further studies in Paola city and Cantanzaro city. His desire to learn from the best in the kitchen took him to Cosenza, Milano and eventually Tokyo. His industry accolades include the 1st Grand Prix Cooking Award from the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Japan, in the section on “primo piatto” (first course); Elio Locanda Italiana also garnered the Best Italian Restaurant. The following year Germano was a double winner, earning the 2nd Grand Prix Cooking Award for the sections on “primo piatto” and “dolce” (dessert). Along with Germano’s exceptional culinary craftsmanship, his strong planning and management skills made the Italian restaurant “Dolce Italia” at the 2005 Aichi World Expo pavilion a huge hit among attendees from around the globe.


Constantino Gemmoli, the leader master chef of Elio’s Catering Service

Constantino is a culinary artist who has never forgotten his roots in Cosenza, southern Italy, where he was born on January 20, 1973 and began learning his craft. He went on to study also in Acquappesa, where he honed his skills as well in hotel management and in the professional hospitality field through formal studies. His work took him to Sicily, Lazio, Tuscany, Piemonte, Valle d’Aosta from 1992-1998, and he gained international experience in Belgium, Switzerland and Germany. He moved to Japan in 1998, and remains an important member of what has made Elio Locanda Italiana a favorite dining spot of residents and visitors alike, including celebrities such as the giant of the fashion industry, Giorgio Armani.


Introducing some amazing prizes for auctions and raffle for the evening

We have received so many wonderful prizes from our generous sponsors for Pink Ball again this year. The following is some of many gorgeous prizes donated for the evening. Don’t miss out!

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Live Auction Prize
1 Carat Diamond Pendant from DIAVANTE
1,800,000 yen

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Live Auction Prize
S.T.Dupont Writing Kit
Paperknife, Pen and Ink set
500,000 yen

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Raffle Prize
3 Nights with Breakfast in an Ocean View Room at The Westin Resort Guam
130,000 yen

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Gift Bag
O・P・I Pink of Hearts 2013


past-pinkball-main Pink Ball 2013 has concluded on a very high note – 325 guests attended; there were 11 live auction, 75 silent auction, 4 raffle and 4 luxury lottery prizes. A full 60% of the ticket price was returned to the Foundation, and raffle, silent and live auctions raised JPY14.2 million. Our net profit is nearly JPY20 million. pinkball-2013   The 2013 gala was the Foundation’s 10th, and was held for the first time on a Saturday. The evening remains devoted to bringing together those in the community who share a commitment to fighting breast cancer as a life-threatening disease in Japan, and spearheading greater awareness, diagnosis and treatment among Japanese women of all ages – especially in medically underserved regions. The five-course menu was specially designed by Luca Fantin, executive chef for Bulgari Hotels & Resorts Tokyo Restaurants. The 2013 Pink Ball had a Silent and a Live auction with fantastic prizes, and spectacular entertainment throughout the evening. The Galaxy Ballroom at The Westin Tokyo was breathtakingly in “Bloom!” *This highlights the 2013 Pink Ball. Pictures from Pink Ball 2013 “BLOOM!” available at: Facebook Page / Flickr Page Pink Ball 2013 “BLOOM!” video available on Vimeo! Pink Ball 2013 “BLOOM!” from Run for the Cure Foundation on Vimeo.

Pink Ball 2013 Program







  • Bulgari Hotels & Resorts Tokyo Restaurants
  • CBRE Japan K.K.
  • ETRO JAPAN Co., Ltd.
  • Fattoria Bio Hokkaido Inc.
  • Hotel Imperial, Vienna
  • Interior Collections K.K.
  • Jeroboam Fine Wine Club
  • The Laguna, a Luxury Collection Resorts & Spa, Nusa Dua, Bali
  • Le Méridien Angkor
  • Le Méridien Munich
  • Le Méridien Phuket Beach Resort
  • Marc Jacobs Japan K.K.
  • Marriott International
  • Morrison & Foerster / Ito & Mitomi
  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  • Pacific Island Club Saipan
  • Park Hyatt Tokyo
  • The Peninsula Tokyo
  • Robert Walters Japan K.K.
  • Royal Tirrenian Co., Ltd. – VERA@ITALIA
  • Servcorp Japan K.K.
  • Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay
  • Sheraton Hiroshima Hotel
  • Sheraton Palace Hotel
  • Sheraton Sapporo Hotel
  • Sheraton Waikiki
  • Shoichi Sakurai
  • The St. Regis Bali Resort
  • The St. Regis Bangkok
  • The St. Regis Osaka
  • Steelcase Inc.
  • Tesla Motors Japan
  • Tokyo American Club
  • Toriizaka Art LLC
  • Vietnam Airlines
  • Village Cellers Ltd.
  • W Hong Kong
  • W Singapore – Sentosa Cove
  • W Taipei
  • Westin Bund Center Shanghai
  • The Westin Chicago River North
  • The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa, Fiji
  • The Westin Resort Guam
  • The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali
  • The Westin Sydney


  • Aroma & Ayurveda Salon Ohana
  • Bella’s Cupcakes
  • Callaway Golf K.K.
  • C’EST MOI Co., Ltd.
  • Club 360
  • CORAZON Celeb de nail
  • Elana Jade
  • Furla Japan Co., Ltd.
  • Furla Yoga
  • Global-Dining, Inc.
  • Grand Hyatt Tokyo
  • Japan Europe Trading Co., Ltd
  • Leza Lowitz
  • Lynn Cooper
  • Mario i Sentieri
  • MHD Moet Hennessy Diageo K.K. – Key Accounts Team
  • Nagoya Marriott Associa Hotel
  • Nozawa Hospitality
  • Oakwood
  • Okinawa Marriott Resort & Spa
  • Pacific Island Club Guam
  • Pole Dance Tokyo
  • Riedel Japan
  • The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo
  • Roppongi Hills Club
  • Royal Copenhagen Japan Co., Ltd.
  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House
  • Sheraton Hanoi Hotel
  • Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers
  • The Strings by InterContinental Tokyo
  • Sun & Moon Yoga
  • SunroomYOGA
  • Temple University, Japan Campus
  • Tsukioka Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine
  • United Dental Office
  • Veronica Ohara
  • WDI Corporation
  • The Westin Denver Downtown
  • The Westin Grand Berlin
  • The Westin Kuala Lampur
  • The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa

Special Thanks

  • Ira Bolden
  • Empire Entertainment Japan
  • Russell Goodall
  • Ai Kitabayashi
  • Steve Morin
  • Elio Orsara
  • Benjamin Parks
  • Sarajean Rossitto
  • Naotomo Umewaka