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Cupcakes and Condoms Is Heading Your Way

HIV/AIDS, Must Attend

Last month, Red Pump announced that we are bringing Cupcakes and Condoms to ten cities this fall. The first stop will be in St. Louis on August 20th and will be hosted by yours truly!

For those unfamiliar with Cupcakes and Condoms, it is our sweet spin on an educational townhall. We create a safe space for women and teen girls to get information about HIV/STIs, hear from a panel of women’s health advocates, and ask plenty of questions. Oh, and yes, there are desserts.

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Real Women Give Tickets on Sale Now!

KB's Journey, Must Attend

Hey, folks! Tickets to the Real Women Give Launch breakfast are now on sale. Whoo hoo. For the details, check out the invite below or visit the event page . To keep this event intimate and to allow for attendees to interact and learn from one another, the number of tickets is limited.

Feel free to spread the word. See you in a few weeks!


P.S. Did you miss the announcement? Find out what I’m talking about here.

Fleuranthropy with August Bloom Florals [Event]

Charitable Companies, Must Attend, The Arts

Damage to Garfield Park Conservatory (

The ladies of August Bloom Haute Floral Design are celebrating their second anniversary with a philanthropic fleuranthropic (how clever!) bash to help repair the historic Garfield Park Conservatory (GPC). GPC was damaged during a hailstorm that rolled through Chicago on June 30th. As a result, half of the display houses are currently closed to the public and all ten of the greenhouses were severely damaged. I visited GPC for the first time and was seriously in awe. Their botanical collection is out of this world, so hearing about the damage is a real bummer. The Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance is currently seeking donations to repair the GPC and August Bloom has decided to join those efforts.

“A Conservation of Time” will be held on Thursday, August 25th at the Zhou B. Art Center (1029 W. 35th Street, Chicago). During the event, August Bloom will unveil their new floral art collection, “Timeless,” inspired by legendary musicians who have created timeless music. Guests will enjoy cocktails, live music, and hors d’oeuvres. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

August Bloom has created some beautiful arrangements for Red Pump and many others people/businesses/organizations. You have to go check out their website and/or Facebook page and view some of their creations. Absolutely Beautiful.


One People, One History, One Future [Event]

Must Attend, The Arts

My friend, Arionne, is one of those women that you meet and instantly fall in love (and admiration) with. She is a business woman, a supermom, the founder of TWO nonprofits, the editor of Urban Shake Magazine, and a complete sweetheart. In addition to everything else that she has going on, she has organized the inaugural Urban Shake Magazine Awards, “One People, One History, One Future.”

The awards will recognize young adults in Chicago who are working to make a difference in communities here and everywhere, and will benefit the A. Phillip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum. The Pullman Porter Museum represents an important piece of Chicago history and African-American history. The facility is named after men who made history – Asa Philip Randolph and Pullman Porters who made up the membership of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (BSCP) union, the first African-American labor union in the country to win a collective bargaining agreement.

I am honored to accept the “Selfless Service” award on behalf of The Red Pump Project, and am looking forward to meeting many of the other honorees including Tiffany Davis (Bad Girls Club), Dave Jeff (PHLI Worldwide), and Chicago aldermanic candidate Che “Rhymefest” Smith. Thank you, Ari, for thinking of me!

Tickets for the event are $10 and can be purchased at! If you’re in Chicago, I encourage you to attend. Regardless of your location, head on over to Urban Shake and check out the articles. Great stuff indeed!


T.G.I.Fresh Friday Benefit x Party [Event]

Must Attend

Partying for a cause is one of my favorite ways to be a “fabulous giver.” If you’re in Chicago, I’m inviting you to hang out with me tomorrow night at Tantrik (800 W. Superior) as So Chi and Royalte, Inc. recognize my organization, The Red Pump Project, and Swish Dream Sports and Educational Foundation, which was founded by my boy Josh. All the details are below…Be sure to RSVP at Hope you’ll come out!

KB's Journey: Living My Life in Pink

Breast Cancer, KB's Journey, Must Attend

Hey, all! Last Friday, I went to Bright Pink’s “La Vie En Rose” event at Bon V and had a BLAST! There was pink everywhere, from hot pink balloons to pink rose petals. The night was hosted by Erica Cobb (of B-96), Susanna Homan (Michigan Avenue Magazine), Ginger Zee (NBC-5 Chicago), and Kelli Zink ( The event raised $20,000 for Bright Pink’s upcoming awareness initiative with local ob/gyn offices. 

Lindsay Avner (founder of Bright Pink) and I

Lindsay Avner (founder of Bright Pink) and I


The picture above was before the effects of the open bar took hold on me. 🙂 Anyways, I’m looking forward to Bright Pink’s other upcoming events:

  • 10/23: Robert Rodriguez Fall 2008 Collection Showcase and Cocktail Reception at Neiman Marcus (737 N. Michigan Avenue). Donations to Bright Pink will be accepted at the door
  • 10/25: “Eyes Wide Open” masquerade event at the Crimson Lounge (333 N. Dearborn). Masks are required for entry and can be purchased at the door for $20
For more information on these events and more, you can always visit!
P.S. Happy Early 25th Birthday to Me!!!