Mimosa Matters is a local Anglophone cancer charity whose mission is to fund awareness, support, and research so that one day we are free from cancer. It's a lofty goal but they are well on their way to achieving it.
Their annual black-tie charity gala is one of their biggest fundraising events and a great excuse to get fancy and have 'ball' at the same time. This year's masquerade ball will add whimsical fun and a dash of flair for a truly extravagant evening.
Held on 30 March at the historic Hotel Negresco in Nice, the ball will commence with a champagne reception, followed by an exquisite three-course dinner prepared by Virginie Basselot, Negresco’s new Michelin Star Chef. Live entertainment will dazzle guests throughout the evening, culminating in the highlight of every charity gala: the auctions. Local companies donate impressive gifts for the event. Past gifts have included weekend getaways by private jet, original artwork and prestigious golf club memberships. Auctioneer Lucy Crapper will be flying in from London to officiate the auction.
The evening wraps up with a live DJ, transforming the event into Nightclub Mimosa to dance until the wee hours of the morning.
All the funds raised from the event will go directly to a local cancer support organisation.
Tickets are still available for individuals and VIP table reservations through their website: www.mimosamatters.org.
If you would like to support their cause by becoming a sponsor of the event or donating something for the auction, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Riviera Insider is honoured to be a media partner for the event.
A community-focused charity
What separates Mimosa from classic cancer charities is their commitment to local services and their emphasis on support of patients and families struck by the disease. Their community-focused charity events have made them widely popular throughout the Riviera.
Established in 2013 by eight expat women who wanted to give back to their community, Mimosa has since grown into one of the largest volunteer charities in the Alpes-Maritimes. Despite how much they’ve grown, they remain a volunteer-run charity, organising events between work and family life. They don’t have high-paid board members or large operating overhead. This means your donations actually go to helping people with cancer.
Community spirit is one of the main pillars of the organisation, and that has also been their recipe for success. Within the expat community, Mimosa has become almost a household name. Juliette Clarkin, one of the founding committee members, tells Riviera Insider: “Over the past few years we have been so lucky to have such a wonderful community rallying around us - supporting us - and now this year, hosting their own events and expanding the community!”
Numerous little fundraisers organised by individuals across the region, from bake sales, book sales, clothing drives and Christmas fairs have led to larger events such as the Nice-Cannes Marathon this year when they had over 150 ‘Mimosa runners’ sign up. In only five years, these events have helped Mimosa raise €250,000. They are acutely aware this was only possible with the generosity of the local community.
Another reason Mimosa is so popular is their commitment to keeping funds local. Juliette reveals a shocking statistic: “Eight thousand people are diagnosed with cancer each year in the Alpes-Maritimes,” she said. “We want to help as many people as we can and we want to keep the money local.”
Mimosa donates to a few different cancer support services throughout PACA. La Ligue contre le cancer is one of the main organisations they support, having helped fund the Espace Ligue in Antibes. This unique walk-in centre offers support to cancer patients and their families, completely free of charge. They also fund prevention awareness campaigns and support CSG06 (Cancer Support Group 06), an English-speaking organisation that provides counsellors and active listeners to help patients and families process the enormous emotional burden and fear that comes with a cancer diagnosis.
Tragically, children are not immune to cancer. In April 2016, Mimosa introduced a fundraiser specifically for children, the Kid’s Fun Run. This fun event is open to children from the ages of five to fifteen and proceeds benefit paediatric cancer centres. The event is fun for all and children are so happy to be involved in the cause, many even bring their ‘piggy bank’ money as a contribution. Now one of their most popular events, last year’s Kid’s Fun Run had 250 participants and raised €10,000 for the paediatric oncology unit at L’Archet Hospital in Nice.
For 2019, they are continuing to grow with more individual fundraisers, such as their new Coffee Morning on World Cancer Awareness Day (4th February) and large organised events, such as the Kid’s Fun Run (28th April), Mimosa Golf Day (4th May), Mimosa Cycle Challenge (October) and the Nice-Cannes Marathon (November).
Support this great association and have a glamourous evening out by buying tickets to their gala!