Hollywood came together on Monday night to celebrate the many women who battle breast cancer every day. The event, titled “Power of Pink,” featured a private performance by the very appropriate guest of honor, P!nk. The edgy pop star proved a perfect fit as the evening’s entertainment, serving as a symbol of female strength and recognized for her philanthropic efforts.
The first annual Power of Pink fundraiser took place inside of a pink-lit stage of Sony Studios. Inside, patrons sipped on pink martinis and champagne and nibbled on catering by Wolfgang Puck. Tickets went for between $400 and $10,000 and proceeds went to the Margie Peterson Breast Center at Saint John’s Health Center
The event was hosted by Dr. Maggie DiNome, Chief of General Surgery at Saint John’s – also the surgeon who removed P!nk’s gallbladder this past summer.
Following DiNome’s remarks, Melanie Griffith and Rita Wilson pulled raffle tickets from pink bags and awarded gifts to winners. P!nk appeared on stage shortly after, dressed in a black leather skirt with a pink bow tied on the back, fishnets, and tall boots. She kicked off her set with “Just Like a Pill.” Following the song, P!nk remarked that she had never realized how appropriate the song was “until now.” She also noted that this was the first time she’d ever been in a room with all of her doctors and joked that she might need help with her hamstring later. The set continued with two new tunes off her recently released, “The Truth About Love” – “How Come You’re Not Here” and “Try.”
P!nk thanked the crowd and talked about her between song habits. “I talk a lot so get comfortable. Should we sing more?” She also stated that it’s been a while since she’s performed as she’s been at home, in sweatpants, singing children’s songs to her year-old daughter, Willow.
P!nk performed acoustic versions of “Family Portrait” and “Who Knew” before introducing her cover of “Me & Bobby McGee” as one of her favorite songs ever, adding, “I can say that because it’s not mine. For a while it was the only way that I could get invited to play places and I started taking it personally. But we still love it.” P!nk assigned the end of the song to the audience, who belted out “La da da da da” in unison. She then performed a cover of “What’s Up?,” which she introduced as the song that always reveals how much people have been drinking.
P!nk explained that she planned to do the clean version of “Perfect” next, as the front row was filled with young girls. She shared a funny tale about her lyric editing.
“My friend’s son heard my clean version and said, ‘Mom. Is this lady a mom?’ To which my friend replied, ‘Yes. That is Auntie Alisha’ and he said, “These are mom words!” P!nk laughed, faced the crowd and proclaimed, “Awesome! I graduated. I’m not cool anymore! So here you go, the clean version.”
She closed her set with “Funhouse,” “Blow Me (One Last Kiss),” and “So What,” shelling out one last thank you to both the donors and her surgeon. “Thank you all for being part of such a special night. Thank you Maggie for taking out my body parts and keeping me healthy!”