About the Celebration of Life Luncheon
The 20th annual Celebration of Life Luncheon, presented by Kendra Scott, raised close to $500,000 this past September for The Seton Breast Care Center (80%) and the ZTA Foundation (20%). The Austin Alumnae Chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha in partnership with The Seton Breast Care Center put on the charitable luncheon of the year with a fashion show by Julian Gold featuring its 2018 Fall/Winter looks exclusively tailored for the Celebration of Life. The Breast Cancer Survivors and Fighters walking the runway was the highlight of the event for many. We hope that you will join us for the 2019 Celebration of Life Luncheon Friday, November 15th at the JW Marriott.
2019 Honorary Chair - Fayruz Benyousef
Fayruz Benyousef is Founder and Principal of Fayruz Benyousef Consulting (known as FBC). She is passionate about the vital space philanthropic organizations hold in all communities and has made it her mission to support these organizations and their leadership, both professionally and personally.
As a seasoned certified fundraising professional, she has leveraged her 25 years of experience to implement transformational change and sustainable infrastructure in a variety of non-profit organizations. Known for her extraordinary method of solutions based problem-solving and strategic thinking; she is a philanthropy advisor and expert committed to the success of noble missions and the people who are leading them.
Fayruz has a vast and extensive background. The culmination of these experiences and skill sets makes her a proven entity among non-profits. She served as the CEO of an international NGO, Psychology Beyond Borders, a Partner with Dini Partners, a national consulting firm, where she was the youngest in the firm to make Partner, Development Director with Ballet Austin, and the Associate Director of Annual Giving at her alma mater, Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Currently, she has her own consulting practice, with a client base that spans the local, national and international levels.
For Fayruz, philanthropic responsibility and civic engagement is a fundamental part of her core values. She walks her talk by supporting the work of a variety of non-profits with her time and her own personal leadership giving. She served two terms as Board President for AFP - Austin where she helped to shape and implement the organization's strategic goals, leveraging the fundraising profession and ethical philanthropic practice in the Austin community. She has been awarded the Outstanding Fundraising Professional of the Year award by AFP Austin in recognition of her work.
Fayruz is civically engaged with organizations including the Boards of the Sustainable Food Center, Trinity Episcopal School, Con Mi MADRE, The Texas Lyceum, and is a founding Board member of Libyan Hearts. She is also part of the Leadership Team for the Central Texas Women’s Fund at the Austin Community Foundation. Fayruz was selected as a 2014 McBee Fellow by AARO – The Austin Area Research Organization and was appointed in 2016 to serve as a Director of AARO, a highly esteemed civic and leadership group. She was also named a 2017 Ethics in Business and Community Award Winner. Fayruz resides in Austin with her husband Malek Ben-Musa and their daughter, Yara.
2019 Emcee - Lauren Petrowski
Lauren Petrowski is an on-camera host and public speaker known for her fun and outgoing personality. She has close to 15 years of experience as a news anchor and reporter. She is a former host of Good Day Austin where she covered everything from breaking news stories impacting viewers to entertainment headlines. She conducted daily interviews and demo segments and one of her biggest strengths is her ability to make guests feel at ease. As a foodie, Lauren loves getting to participate in daily cooking segments and has worked alongside some of the best chefs in Austin and around the country.
Lauren is also involved with several non-profits and speaks at events and fundraisers throughout the year. She is passionate about working with children, especially young girls.
She enjoys creating digital content and interacting with people on social media. She loves to share easy recipes on social media and her speaking style appeals to many. When Lauren isn't working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and young son, exploring Austin's always-growing food scene and traveling as much as possible.
Seton Breast Care Center
The Seton Breast Care Center (SBCC) at Seton Medical Center Austin is accessible and affordable to all who seek preventative care and those with a breast cancer diagnosis. The SBCC provides state-of-the-art imaging technology and, for those who are diagnosed with cancer, a multidisciplinary approach to providing personalized treatment and support to patients and their loved ones.
The SBCC opened in February 2014 with a conservative goal of 90 patients within the first 90 days. That goal was far exceeded as 592 patients visited the Center during that time period. In just 4 years, the SBCC has provided care to over 8,500 patients and performed more than 15,000 services including bone density scans, 3D mammography, stereotactic breast biopsies, breast sonography and breast 3T MRI’s. More than 1,300 women have been guided through their care by a nurse navigator – and over 30% of services are provided to financially vulnerable women without insurance.
These services are key to early detection and better outcomes. Nationwide, the 5-year survival rate for women whose breast cancer is detected and treated during the earliest stage is 99%, making the services at the Seton Breast Care Center truly lifesaving.
Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation
Zeta Tau Alpha’s national philanthropy is breast cancer education and awareness, and is carried out through the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation, established in 1954. One in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, so this cause is personal. Breast cancer touches many lives.
Through local and national partnerships, campus and community initiatives, and the distribution of millions of pink ribbons since 1992, ZTA collegiate and alumnae members are dedicated to our philanthropy. By spreading the message of breast cancer education and awareness, ZTA sisters are determined to diminish this disease.
Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity
The ZTA Fraternity was founded on October 15, 1898 at the Virginia State Female Normal School (now Longwood University) in Farmville, Virginia. It is the second largest of the 26 groups that are members of the National Panhellenic Conference.
ZTA has more than 252,000 initiated members, 169 active Collegiate Chapters, and 238 active Alumnae Chapters. The Austin Alumnae Chapter is the oldest ZTA Alumnae Chapter in existence, having been founded and continuously in existence since October 23, 1912.