Best Of 2011

BEST THANKS FOR THE MAMMORIES: My Hope Chest, Alisa Savoretti

Dancer Alisa Savoretti was diagnosed with breast cancer at 38. Following a mastectomy in which one breast was removed, she returned to her career as a Vegas performer and called herself “The Lopsided Showgirl” — a moniker that reflects Savoretti’s sassy, self-deprecating humor. Her experience led her to form My Hope Chest, a nonprofit organization that helps uninsured women receive reconstructive surgery. Though she eventually underwent surgery herself, Savoretti didn’t forget what it was like to be one of the women who can’t afford it. My Hope Chest has worked hard at a grassroots level, putting on and sponsoring major events, including the Imagine fashion show and the BOOoobie Ball. myhopechest.org.