Washington glitterati gathered at the National Museum of Women in the Arts to celebrate Lolly’s Locks, an up-and-coming non-profit organization that helps women afflicted with chemo-induced hair loss regain their femininity by providing them with high-quality human hair wigs.
Lolly’s Locks is a way to honor the memory of wife and mother-extraordinaire, Lolly Toll, who lost her 15-month battle of cancer in March, 2012. While she was sick, Lolly endured more than 20 chemotherapy treatments and eventually lost her hair. Despite this, Lolly never let her cancer or the effects of chemo keep her from living and enjoying her life. She went out and bought two high-end, human-hair wigs that made her look and feel as close to herself as possible, and she went right on making beautiful memories with all of the people that she loved.
When Lolly and her daughters first went to purchase her wig, they were stunned to learn that high-quality, human-hair wigs typically range from $1,500-$3,000. They were even more surprised to find out that insurance covers very little, if any, of this cost.
Guests enjoyed food stations served up by some of DC’s finest chefs like Haidar Karoum of Proof and Estadio; Scott Drewno of The Source; Nathan Anda of the Red Apron Butchery; and Victor Albisu of Taco Bamba, a taqueria set to open in Falls Church, Va., later this year. Desserts included delectable pies from Livin’ the Pie Life.
In addition to standard wine and beer bars, specialty drinks were provided by Adam Bernbach of Proof and Estadio.
The evening was emceed by Dr. JC Hayward, Vice President of WUSA-TV9. The guest honoree of the evening was Lainie Mara Jones, a five-time cancer survivor who recently was featured on NBC News and MSNBC. The 27-year-old Jones believes that life doesn’t end with a cancer diagnosis and that the quality of life is an important component in the battle against the disease. Her last diagnosis and treatment came as she was planning her wedding.
A fashion show kept the evening lighthearted, and the unmistakable panache of the set design was instantly recognizable as the work of John Paul Hamilton, who served as the Creative Director. Models traipsed down the runway in beautiful fashions and jewelry from eco-friendly Washington designer Alberto Parada. Philanthropic powerhouse Michelle Schoenfeld served as the event chair, and the first-ever event of its kind for Lolly’s Locks carried guests late into the evening celebrating the life of an inspirational woman and a great cause.