Hoda Kotb To Keynote Pink Agenda Benefit For Breast Cancer Research And Care

05/17/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Danny Shea Editorial Director, The Huffington Post

Hoda Kotb, who battled breast cancer and shared her story with the nation on the "Today" show, will keynote this year's Pink Agenda Annual Spring Gala.

The Pink Agenda, formerly known as Saving Second Base, is an organization of young professionals dedicated to financing breast cancer research and direct care through support of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

"We are absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to honor Hoda Kotb, whose courageous battle with breast cancer has inspired The Pink Agenda and women across the world," Pink Agenda President Marisa Lee told the Huffington Post. "Our organization is committed to engaging today's generation to find tomorrow's cure, and by hosting events around the country, we've been able to prove that fun and philanthropy are not mutually exclusive and will do so once again at our Annual Spring Gala."

Lee founded the organization in 2007, inspired by her own mother's battle with the disease. Lee's mother, Lisa Mae Lee, passed away in 2008.

The Spring Gala will take place on May 14 at Twenty Four Fifth in New York. Tickets for the event can be purchased here.

Joining Kotb in support of the organization is NBC colleague Willie Geist, who serves on the benefit committee. The committee, chaired by model/designer/first niece Lauren Bush and model/heiress Amanda Hearst, also includes New York media names like Social Life editor Devorah Rose and Guest of a Guest founder/editor Rachelle Hruska.

Watch Kotb discuss her battle with breast cancer in the "Today" show clip below: