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A Seasonal Celebration to Foster Healing, Education and Connecting

Stakeholders of the Government Contracting Community will Spread Holiday Cheer and Benefit the Breast Cancer Awareness and Support Programs of Tigerlily Foundation on December 10th as The American Small Business Coalition Hosts Annual Holiday Mixer and Charity Silent Auction at the Tower Club in Tysons Corner.

Columbia, MD, November 24, 2008 --( Guests attending The ASBC 2008 Holiday Mixer at the exclusive Tower Club on December 10th, will have an opportunity to network and celebrate the season with their peers from the government sector and participate in turning silent auction items such as a weekend getaway to Southern Maryland into "A Day of Beauty" for young women undergoing lifesaving treatments for breast cancer.

Host of the annual event, The American Small Business Coalition (The ASBC), a membership-based decision support organization founded in 2004 by Guy and Margaret Timberlake, is credited with facilitating programs and activities resulting in more than $2B in direct and subcontract awards for small, medium and large companies working to support the mission requirements of government agencies. In previous years The ASBC has supported charitable organizations like the USO, Fisher House and Casey Cares Foundation in its annual giving activities.

Founded by Maimah Karmo in 2006, while undergoing chemotherapy treatments for Stage 2 breast cancer at age thirty-two, Tigerlily provides support to young women affected by breast cancer with programs that include the Chemotherapy Buddy Program, Funds for Families Program, Project Gratitude and A Day of Beauty. The organization provides women with hands-on support during treatment, and education and awareness focused on the unique needs of young women, including fertility, lifestyle, long-term health, financial challenges and connecting with others with similar experiences.

A "Day of Beauty" is a full day of pampering and relaxation for women who are undergoing treatment and those who are survivors of breast cancer as well as “well women”. The event brings beauty practitioners, make-up artists, yoga instructors, masseuses, nutritionists, healthcare experts and more, and provides these women with a day of “taking care of you”. During "A Day of Beauty" women are fitted for wigs, receive manicures, pedicures, massages and facials while learning about complementary and alternative methods to improved health. This event is intended as an oasis of healing, creating “wellness” energy and connecting. It is one of many programs provided to support women fighting this disease and providing education to those who are not.

"This year we selected to spotlight Tigerlily Foundation because of the very necessary awareness and support activities they are conducting," explains Margaret Timberlake, President of The American Small Business Coalition. "Many of our family and friends have been affected by breast cancer in one form or another and Maimah Karmo, a survivor herself, is a very motivating woman leading an inspirational organization which Guy and I wanted to support."

Maimah is a regular speaker at conferences and events and has appeared in magazines such as Essence, Ladies Home Journal, Global Woman and the SABCS/Cure Magazine. She has been featured on Fox 5, WJLA 7, News Channel 8, and most recently the Oprah Winfrey Show where she joined fellow survivor and actress Christina Applegate. She was also interviewed on Good Morning America by breast cancer survivor and host Robin Roberts.

Funds raised during the silent auction and charity raffle that evening will be donated to Tigerlily on behalf of The ASBC, it's Members and guests. Some of the items to be auctioned include; boxing gloves autographed by Sugar Ray Leonard; a FlightSeeing Tour for two to Harpers Ferry; season tickets for two provided by the DC Armor, the area's new arena football team; a weekend getaway to the Back Creek Inn on Solomon's Island; a ladies tote from the Coakley Signature Suede Collection and a Joe Theisman autographed football.

Registration information may be viewed on The ASBC website at: The ASBC 2008 Holiday Mixer begins at 6:00 PM on Wednesday December 10th.

To learn more about the programs offered by Tigerlily Foundation, visit their website at Tigerlily Foundation is a registered 501 (c)(3) charitable organization.

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