On Thursday, May 5, CWI.Design was among those who joined together to celebrate and help fund the life-saving efforts of the Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Foundation (CDBCF) Spring Luncheon. The gathering took place at the beautiful Maplewood Country Club in Maplewood, NJ.

Guests arrived dressed in an array of seasonal spring colors and were met by mimosas, passed hors d’oeuvres and a chance to mingle with Thom Filicia and other attendees. They also vied for appealing raffle prizes—ranging from home decor to theater tickets.

The luncheon program commenced with an update from CDBCF President Becky Morano and other proud representatives of the organization. They touted the continued success of the Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer at Trinitas, which provides services that help women with life-saving cancer detection and help in healing. CDBCF also announced expanded efforts to support critical breast health services for uninsured and underinsured women throughout NJ with mobile imaging centers that can travel to underserved communities. “I am so proud to be connected to the Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Foundation,” said CWI.Design owner Kapner. “CDBCF is making a tangible difference in the lives of women at a time when they most need care, support and understanding. It is truly a life-saving organization.”

Next, Thom Filicia took the stage, joined by Paul Hagen, a journalist from aspire design and home magazine who has been interviewing fascinating people about culture and design for more than 20 years. “I’ve been interviewed by Paul, and I knew he would create a terrific platform for Thom’s magnetic personality,” said Kapner.

Crowd reaction ranged from delighted surprise to raucous laughter as Filicia recalled tales of his early development as a designer, his work with celebrity clientele, and ambitious plans for future projects. He also shared with the audience that part of why he is so passionate about supporting breast cancer initiatives was his mom’s struggle with the condition, which sadly led to her passing. “Look at how fabulous all of this is,” Filicia said to Kapner regarding the event. “I know how much work you put into this, And I just wanted to personally let you know that I really appreciate everything that you did.”

Filicia also fielded questions from the audience before joining them for a refreshing midday meal. He enthusiastically greeted and posed for pictures with fans before they left with gift bags that included copies of beloved design publications such as Galerie and aspire design and home. They also took home cookies iced with the image of a vibrant pink bus—a reminder of CDBCF’s goals to keep breast health care moving where it’s needed most. “Everyone’s lives have been touched by breast cancer,” said Kapner. “If you’re a woman—or if you have a mother, sister, relative or friend who is a woman—you know someone who is either facing this now, has struggled with it already or will one day. Every woman helped by this foundation deserves the level of care you’d want for someone you love.”