EVENTS: Tigerlily Foundation to Host Annual "DIVA" Night Out, June 25


Contact: Hope Katz Gibbs, Director of Communications
Tigerlily Foundation,
703 346-6975 /

RESTON VA — Mark your calendar for the evening of June 25 when the Tigerlily Foundation, a non-profit breast foundation dedicated to educating, empowering and lending financial and emotional support to young women with breast cancer, hosts it first annual DIVA Night Out.

“To us, a DIVA is Divine, Inspired, Vivacious, and Aware,” explains Tigerlily’s President and Founder Maimah Karmo, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 at the age of 32 and has been cancer-free since founding the organization in 2006. “We at Tigerlily are excited about this event, which will of course be a great party, but also will be inspiring as we bring together survivors and women who are struggling with breast cancer.”


The keynote speaker of our vivacious event will be America’s first African-American female combat pilot Vernice Armour, The Breakthrough Guru. Who would be a better role model than this author and motivational coach that was also the first African American woman on the Nashville Police Department’s motorcycle squad, Camp Pendleton’s 2001 Female Athlete of the Year, two-time titleholder in Camp Pendleton’s annual Strongest Warrior Competition, and a running back for the San Diego Sunfire women’s professional football team. Vernice is currently working on her first book, “Zero to Breakthrough™.”

WPGC 95.5 radio personality Michele Wright will be speaking about the importance of empowering young women to be their best health advocates. An advisory board member of Tigerlily Foundation, this veteran on-air personality can be heard simultaneously on WPGC 95.5, The Globe 94.7 and Sirius XM’s Heart & Soul channel. Her “Wrightrak” entertainment feature is a part of the syndicated “Live in the Den with Big Tigger” show. A consistent ratings winner for more than a decade, she has earned the title “The First Lady of Middays.” An activist in her own right, her community involvement includes founding The Free-Style Project, which provides clothing to needy families; and the “Neighborflava Program” which was cited with a proclamation from the Mayor and City Council.

Our Mistress of Ceremonies, WJLA Channel 7 news reporter Julie Parker, is an Emmy Award-winning reporter who joined ABC7 News in September of 2002. A few weeks later, she covered the Beltway Sniper shootings from the moment the story broke. Other career highlights include traveling to Indianapolis to follow George Mason University’s memorable trip to the Final Four. Days later, Julie juggled both news and sports coverage from Boston as the University of Maryland women’s basketball team captured the national championship.


To purchase tickets, visit Space is limited, so buy tickets now for yourself — and all of your best girlfriends.

Questions about the event? Contact Tigerlily’s president and founder Maimah Karmo at, 888-580-6253.

All press inquiries should be directed Hope Katz Gibbs, director of communications, at, 703 346-6975.

About the Tigerlily Foundation

According to the National Cancer Institute, breast cancer is the leading cause of death in young women ages 15-54. More than 250,000 women age 40 and under in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lives, and more than 11,000 women will be diagnosed next year. Further, younger women often have more aggressive breast cancers and higher mortality rates.

Tigerlily Foundation’s mission is to educate, advocate for, empower and provide hands-on support to young women affected by breast cancer. The bulk of our funds go directly toward women in treatment who are struggling to pay their medical and household bills due the disruption that cancer has caused. We also provide meals and buddy support for women undergoing chemotherapy, connect survivors to those recently diagnosed and in the early stages of their treatment, and offer beauty and pampering services to women in treatment.

About Maimah Karmo

Author and activist Maimah Karmo is a breast cancer survivor who was diagnosed at 33, when her daughter was only three years old. Determined to live to see her baby grow into a beautiful adult, Maimah harnessed her strength, relied on her own mother for support, and made a promise to herself that if she lived that she’d do everything she could to help other young women with breast cancer.

She founded the Tigerlily Foundation in 2007, and gave it its name because “tiger lilies bloom and survive in all seasons — just like young women who are battling, and surviving, breast cancer,” she says. “My goal is to empower women struggling with this disease so they have the confidence that they can fight and win their battle, then turn around and help others who are experiencing the same things.” For more information, visit