Why you should attend the In Living Pink Gala!

April 13, 2016
Photo c/o Spencer Kohn
Someonrecently asked me"Why do you dedicate so much time to charity?That was an easy answer for me I said, "because I love giving back. It's just that plain and simple." 

This year I was asked to be the In Living Pink's  Art of Survival Creative Marketing and PR Chair. presented by the Young Survival Coalition My first time being a co-chair on this YSC event was with my friend Kristen Martinezwho we lost in 2010 to breast cancer. When I met Kristen I didn't know she would be the one to change my life forever. I first met Kristen at my first volunteer meeting for the YSC and that same year we worked as co-chairs on the ILP gala. We put an amazing event together that year and years after, too. I am advocate for the Young Survival Coalition in honor of Kristen Martinez. The YSC empowers young women and provides support to young women diagnosed with Breast Cancer.

When I was first asked to be a co-chair of this year's event, I took time to think about this honor. I wasn't sure and actually wrote back to Danawho is in charge of this year's Gala, politely trying to turn down her offer. Dana wouldn't have it and wrote back, "Stacy, you can just be you. I am not going to demand anything else of you." 

"If I can be me then I will do it!" and here we are now.

So as the "Creative PR & Marketing Chair" I set out to bring together my creative friends to help spread the word on this incredible cause and Gala. I am so grateful for all who didn't even flinch and said, "absolutely Stacy." You have no idea how much you all mean to me for diving in and taking on the tasks with no questions, ifs ands or butts. I thank you from the bottom of my soul. This years Gala is going to be truly amazing and it is because of all of the hard work by the chairs and volunteers who have come together to make this event happen.

To make sure this Gala would be truly spectacular I knew it wouldn't be easy but I was going to try my hardest. 

My first mission was asking friend and photographer, Spencer Kohn, to be part of the Gala by capturing incredible young women survivors in a portrait series. This series will be showcased at the In Living Pink Gala. In a previous meeting with Spencer I remembered him mentioning to me that he lost his Aunt to breast cancer. She was the one who showed him what photography was. So when I asked him to take on this project I knew he would deliver an incredible work of art. Spencer took on the project with no hesitation and came back with his vision for this. He created a body of work that asks breast cancer survivors to confront themselves. Spencer explains, "This series captures two different portraits of each woman affected by breast cancer. The first image is the external view- the face that society sees. Strong, beautiful, but a mask.  When asked to look in the mirror, we encounter the truth, whatever that may be.


On May 20, 2016 at Three Sixty˚ (10 Desbrosses Street, NYC), Young Survival Coalition (YSC) and Spencer Kohn will present Internal/External, a photo series of breast cancer survivors commissioned for In Living Pink: The Art of Survival.  Presenting a multimedia expression of the breast cancer experience, the evening will feature works by some of New York's top established and emerging contemporary fine and performing artists, including survivors, co-survivors and supporters.  The event raises crucial funds for YSC’s support programs and resources for young women affected by breast cancer.
Photo c/o Spencer Kohn

My son Dylan Reid joined me and Spencer in Bushwick, Brooklyn on one of the days of the shoot. On this shoot, we also captured three of the women who are featured in our Boy Meets Girl Muse feature (which you can see on the Boy Meets Girl blog here). I stole Spencer's other camera and shot some BTS footage of Dylan, Spencer and some of the incredible women who are part of the In Living Pink series.


At the shoot, we were also joined by friend and artist Lily Lane (Mission #2) who will be performing an original song inspired by her day at the shoot meeting these survivors.  

Mission #3 was recruiting my committee. Thank you to Melanie Notkin (aka Savvy Auntie)Patty Kan, Traceye Smith and Tricia Vesey for coming on board and helping me spread the word! 

Mission #4 was to make sure you all come to see the incredible installation that Spencer Kohn has put together and watch Lily Lane perform among other incredible artists who will help to celebrate life both past and present!

Thank you again to all that have helped me so far, to my beautiful friend Kristen, to Dana who knew if I just stayed "me" everything would be ok and to all of you. 

If you can join me it would be wonderful because the event is truly one, very special night!

To get early bird tickets click here

Thank you to the incredible BENEFIT COMMITTEE & the YSC team
  • Corinne Menn, MD, Chair
  • Andrea Smith
  • Constance M. Chen, MD, PC
  • Stephen Malamud, MD
  • Amanda Rice Isentol, Chair
  • Ione Wilsmann
  • Joseph Dayan, MD
  • Melanie McEvoy
  • Stacy Robin
  • Stephanie Pendray

  • Jean Won Mosler, Chair
  • Erin Gleason
  • Jennifer Bolstad
  • Kristin Peterson Edwards
  • Kristin Smith Westbrook
  • Mary Elise Chavez
  • Pamela Grossman
  • Kate Dawson-Cohen, Chair
  • Mimi Ferraro

  • Stacy Igel, Chair
  • Melanie Notkin
  • Patty Kan
  • Traceye Smith
  • Tricia Vesey
  • Courtney Hagen, YSC Board President
  • Kristen Martinez
    (1974 - 2010)

Related Posts:
Some Past posts on the ILP and YSC

Special interview on HeyMama check it out!

March 19, 2016
I am honored to be featured on Hey Mama. Check it out by clicking the photos below.
Also a big thank you to Spencer Kohn for capturing me and my boy Dylan Reid Igel. 

Hope everyone is having a beautiful weekend! Also check out Hey Mama's event at H&M on Sunday in NYC for more information click here.

 Stacy Igel Hey Mama

Behind the Seams: Q&A with Alice Chater

February 19, 2016

Hard to believe this is my first BTS Q&A post of 2016 (it is worth the wait). You all know I try to keep up with my fast pace lifestyle running my brand Boy Meets Girl and our weekly muse features on the Boy Meets Girl blog and being a new mom! So when I bring you updates here it means I am really excited about the content and want you to learn about what I am featuring whether it be about an amazing artist, entrepreneurship tips, Midnight Inspirations, etc.  I have decided to give you these features in a new way.  You might have been used to my fancy layouts but those fancy layouts take a shxtload of time in photoshop for me and because I don't have anyone else updating my blog I thought I could scratch those layouts for 2016 and give you high resolution beautiful photos, video and even podcasts instead (it doesn't really save me that much more time but you get my drift)! Updating the blog by myself is a passion of mine so quality content is what I will strive for every time you get a post from me ;) This will also allow me to give you more content in my Q&A features. DRUM ROLL........allow me to introduce you to Alice Chater! 

I was fortunate to work with Alice in my most recent Subway Series shoot shot by my dear friend and incredible photographer Sophie Elgort and captured in the video below by Maddy Talias.  We met the day we shot this campaign and Alice's personality was so incredible I knew our shoot was going to go smooth. When you meet new artists on the rise which I do often it is such a great feeling to see the making of a star. Alice is a star on the rise. She has an incredible voice and she can dance too! She is a true artist. We shot the photos in this series literally in the Subway late at night a week before September NYFW. It was a true thrill for all of us. Get to know more about Alice Chater below in my Q&A exclusive BTS interview below. Thank you Alice for being an incredible artist to work with and being part of this campaign as well as this post. xo

Stacy: How would you style your favorite Boy Meets Girl® item? Alice: I love the boy meets girl playsuit, I would wear it with cute ankle boots and a choker. Perfect for an everyday look it’s my FAVE!  Stacy:  I think playsuit is what we call tracksuit as seen below by Justine Skye lol :)))

Stacy: What causes and/or organizations do you support? Alice: I very much support People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals ( Peta ) I love animals, and this organization is helping animals every day worldwide, it’s something I'm really passionate about.

Stacy: What is your favorite part of your job? Alice: Being able to create music so freely and working with amazingly talented people who understand me as a person and believe in me as an artist. I love connecting with my fans. It gives me a great feeling to know I have said something through my music that they can totally relate to and know that they’re not alone with their feelings. Stacy: Check out Alice's lyric video that dropped today!
Stacy: What have you learned about the work force that you didn’t know in college? Alice:  When I went to stage school it was very competitive , but i’ve learned since graduating from college you have to really fight for your dreams and be hungry for it. Being ‘good’ at something isn't enough, you have to really work 24/7/365,  be fully dedicated and extremely focused to get where you want to be. Stacy: This leads me to what you feel is the hardest part of your job? Alice related to me that finding a good balance between personal life and work is always a challenge. I too can relate to this one! 

Stacy: Favorite all time movie quote? Alice: You could always tell what kind of a person a man thinks you are by the earrings he gives you. I must say, the mind reels -Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Stacy: Favorite thing to do in NYC/or city live in? Alice: Wake up in manhattan and drink good coffee in a beautiful coffee shop! Stacy: grabbed this sparkle photo from Alice's insta. How cute?

Stacy: If you could live out of the country where would you settle down? Alice: Maldives

Stacy: What’s your favorite..  Alice:  -website? Pinterest , -book? The Secret, gadget? Wireless charger,  guilty pleasure? Mint chocolate aero , midnight snack? Roasted vegetable cous cous packet.. So random I know 

Stacy: What's been your biggest splurge this seasonAlice: My platinum hair! Its been a nightmare to keep up. And I'm currently rocking dark roots so yet another splurge is due!

Stacy: Purchase steelAlice: I bought my favorite Moschino belt in the sale for like 50 pounds when it was 300! Ha!

Stacy: First jobAlice: When I played Annie in Annie when I was 11!

Stacy: Best Career Advice you ever receivedAlice: Believe in your dreams and keep pushing till you reach your goals. There will be a lot of setbacks and knockdowns but if you keep on trying, you will be rewarded someday! Stacy: AMEN AMEN!

Stacy: Fashion Crush/Muse Alice: Georgia May Jagger

Stacy: How do you decompress/relax ? Alice: I watch a lot of a lot of movies. Going to the cinema helps me relax cause there are no distractions, no PHONES or laptops or anything. I also always watch a movie in bed before I sleep. This isn't actually meant to be good for you, but it relaxes me and helps me wind down! 

 Stacy: What is your proudest career momentAlice:  Completing and co-writing my first debut EP.. I always have sung, performed since I was little but I never thought I would be a writer too, and that’s something i’m really proud of as it came as a bit of a surprise and now i’m also writing for other artists and top lining for DJ’s too! 

Stacy: Currently playing on your playlistAlice:  Alice Chater and.... Rihanna’s insane new album ‘ANTI’ My favourite song on there is ‘Same Ol Mistakes’. It’s a cover of Tame Impala’s ‘new person, same old mistakes’ track, and its the bomb. 

Make sure to check Alice further on her social world on FacebookTwitter , Instagram and her Youtube