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"Today" Show Co-Host Hoda Kotb Announced as Guest Speaker for the 20th Annual Power of Pink Luncheon


The Women’s Council for the Leon Hess Cancer Center at Monmouth Medical Center will host this year’s 20th Annual Power of Pink Luncheon, an event that benefits the Leon Hess Cancer Center at Monmouth Medical Center, on Tuesday, July 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the private estate of Ann and Tom Unterberg in Rumson.

This year’s event will feature celebrity guest speaker Hoda Kotb, co-host of the fourth hour of NBC’s “TODAY” and correspondent for “Dateline NBC.” In celebration of its 20th anniversary, the Power of Pink Luncheon will recognize founding board members of The Women’s Council, including Bonnie Levin, Judi Dawkins, Judy Eisenberg, Barbara Gitlin, Ellen Jakobson, Mary Ann Martin, Gloria Nilson, Joan Rechnitz, Paulette Roberts, Ethel Schultz, Ann Unterberg and Susie Whyman.

As this year’s Power of Pink guest speaker and a seven-year breast cancer survivor, Kotb has been a part of several initiatives to raise awareness about the disease – after being diagnosed in March 2007, she shared her story on “TODAY” in October 2007.

Kotb began hosting the 10 a.m. hour of “TODAY” when it debuted in September 2007 and currently hosts alongside Kathie Lee Gifford. The New York Times’ bestselling author has also been a “Dateline NBC” correspondent since April 1998.

Since Gifford and Kotb teamed up, the fourth hour of “TODAY” has been hailed as “appointment television” by Entertainment Weekly, and “TODAY’s happy hour” by USA Today. In 2010, the “TODAY” show received the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Morning Program.

Kotb has received numerous awards including the most recent 2015 Gracie Award for Individual Achievement, the 2008 Alfred I. duPont – Columbia University award and the prestigious Peabody in 2006 for her “Dateline NBC” report “The Education of Ms. Groves.” The four-time Emmy nominee also won the 2004 Headliner Award, 2008 and 2003 Gracie Award, and 2002 Edward R. Murrow Award.

The Women’s Council was founded in 1995 when cancer survivor Bonnie Levin and concerned women in the Two River area identified the need to inform women about the importance of early detection of cancer and the progress being made in cancer research. As the organization’s flagship event, the Power of Pink Luncheon brings together men and women to raise funds and enhance the quality of care delivered to cancer patients at the Leon Hess Cancer Center at Monmouth Medical Center. Since The Women’s Council’s inception, nearly $3 million has been raised.

To purchase a ticket or reserve a table for the Power of Pink Luncheon or for more information, visit

About Monmouth Medical Center
Located in Long Branch, N.J., Monmouth Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, along with The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, is one of New Jersey’s largest academic medical centers and has been a teaching affiliate of Philadelphia’s Drexel University College of Medicine for more than 40 years. From its earliest days, Monmouth Medical Center has been a leader in surgical advancement and has introduced many technological firsts to the region, including robotic surgery and other minimally invasive techniques. The hospital is routinely recognized by HealthGrades, the nation’s largest premier independent health care quality company, for excellence in both emergency medicine and maternity care. U.S. News & World Report has recognized Monmouth as a regional leader in cancer, geriatrics, gynecology, neurology and neurosurgery.

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