Actress Jennifer Garner and fashion designer Rachel Zoe hosted the 10th anniversary gala benefiting the Women's Cancer Program at Cedars-Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute on October 19 in Santa Monica, Calif. The event raised over $1.8 million this past weekend and has generated over $11.5 million since its launch.
Celebrity guests this year included Marcia Cross, Molly Sims, Lisa Rinna, Shay Mitchell, Maria Shriver and her daughter Katherine Schwarzenegger.
The event had a fashion runway, specialty cocktails and dancing. "I think when you get a group of great people in a room together they can have a very big impact on very important things," Zoe said. "You don't always want it to be very somber and you want people to come out and have fun and be realistic about why they're here."
Actress Molly Sims opened up about how cancer has affected her life. "One of my very good friends just got diagnosed with stage three, and it's just hitting so many people close to home," Sims said. "I just wanted to really support and come out."
Garner is optimistic that a cure will be found in her lifetime and reminds women everywhere to get themselves checked.
"Just check yourself and make sure you everyone you love is checking themselves and just start there," Garner said. "If something feels funny to you or off or fishy at all, go to your doctor and just ask."
The decade-long charity event
was founded by stylist Elyse Walker to honor her mother who passed away from stage four ovarian cancer at the age of 42.
Walker said that this year is her final Pink Party -- she's stepping down after this one -- but she says "anyone who knows me well knows that this is not totally over."