A year ago, Suzanne Kramer found herself sitting in a specially designed pink chair in the front row by the fashion runway set at the center of Mitchells of Westport for its annual Pink Aid Luncheon and Fashion Show fundraiser.

Not long after that the breast cancer survivor was asked to chair this year’s event, the fifth annual, which was held Thursday. “I went from my last radiation treatment to my first Pink Aid meeting,” the Redding resident told the audience of about 500 people.

At this year’s Pink Aid event there were far fewer pink chairs, which was an early hallmark of the fundraiser for breast cancer support services. Instead, designers contributed new and vintage mirrors. “It’s a great idea, marketing-wise. It will appeal to more buyers and so they will raise more money,” said Wendy Schaefer of Weston.

What was in ample supply, however, was pink lemonade, pink champagne, pink attire and the generosity of those in attendance who opened wide their purses and wallets. One person offered a winning bid of $35,000 for dinner at the architecturally iconic Glass House in New Canaan during the live auction. Another person donated $10,000 to Pink Purse, a newer feature of Pink Aid that provides emergency services such as covering a rent payment or utility bill. And another pinned a check for $1,000 to the Wall of Compassion.

“This year, without a doubt, will be another record-breaking year,” said Andrew Mitchell-Namdar, one of four co-founders of Pink Aid, a non-profit organization that offers diagnostic and support services to women with breast cancer. Mitchell-Namdar said since Pink Aid was established in 2011 it has raised $2.2 million, distributed grants to 18 organizations — among them, CancerCare Outreach and Wig Program, the Witness Project in Bridgeport, the statewide Breast Cancer Emergency Aid Foundation, several hospitals in Fairfield County and elsewhere in the state, and helped more than 4,000 women.

“Considering the cause it’s an uplifting event,” said Michele Pucci of Weston, one of dozens of women who all wore the same hot pink leopard print Manolo Blahnik shoes. Manolo Blahnik partnered with Mitchells to create the limited edition shoes to celebrate Pink Aid’s fifth anniversary. Only 50 pairs were available for purchase, with a portion of the profits going to Pink Aid, and the famed footwear designer made a pocket square of the same fabric for Mitchell-Namdar to wear at this year’s event.

The audience also got an exclusive look at designer Donna Karan’s final collection, the Resort 2016 Collection. Karan announced several months ago she was stepping down as head designer of her company, Donna Karan International. The Donna Karan fashion show was followed by inspiring words from guest speaker and six-year breast cancer survivor Jennifer Griffin, national security correspondent for Fox News, who reports from the Pentagon.

Just the day before, Griffin said she was awakened at 4:15 a.m. by a call from the Middle East, a tip from a very good source telling her that the Russians were about to start bombing in Syria. “I broke that story yesterday,” she said.

“Whether we have cancer or not, life passes so quickly,” Griffin said, impressing on people the importance of slowing down if not to smell the roses then at least to be present in the moment. To those facing a diagnosis she said they can fight and survive as she did. “I was a warrior. I went into warrior mode for one year … You will go into warrior mode, you will do it for your friends, for your husband and for your children.”

Griffin also walked in the event’s “Celebration of Life Warrior Fashion Show,” along with the co-chairwomen, Kramer and Shelly Kassen of Westport. The show also featured 16 breast cancer survivors escorted by family or friends on the runway.