FLINT – Financial Plus Credit Union’s Pink Night fundraiser has joined forces with the Hurley Foundation Pink Palooza fundraiser to introduce the first Annual Pink Palooza Night being held Oct. 6.
The inspiration behind the original Pink Night fundraiser began in 2007 by a few caring employees of Financial Plus.
Since 2007, Pink Night has flourished into a largely anticipated community event, where many local businesses, advocates, sponsors and residents rally to celebrate the lives of breast cancer survivors, acknowledge those who were taken from us, and to raise funds for American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. In 2015, Financial Plus raised a net of $69,000 for ACS (gross of $77,000).
“We are humbled at the continued success of Pink Night and are equally enthused about the future of the event. In partnering with the reputable Hurley Foundation, we anticipate there will be an enhanced ability to raise additional funds to assist more cancer patients who reside in our community. The Hurley Foundation and Financial Plus Credit Union are pleased to retain our partnerships with ACS and will continue to donate 10 percent of the net funds raised from Pink Palooza Night to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” said Olga Long, Senior Vice President of Financial Plus Credit Union. “Additionally, the venue change from Blackstone’s in downtown Flint to the Holiday Inn Gateway Center will allow us to accommodate more guests and provide seating for all of them, not to mention increase our ability to raise additional funds for the worthwhile cause.”
The main benefactor will shift from ACS to the Hurley Foundation, as 90 percent of the funds raised will be donated to Hurley’s Breast Navigation program. The Hurley Foundation hosted their first annual Pink Palooza in 2015 and raised over $25,000 for the Breast Navigation Program.
“The most effective method to take this fundraiser to new heights and allow the funds used to assist our patients, our friends and our family right here in our backyard, is to combine events and resources. Together, we will have a shared vision and can both continue to rally the community to support our new Pink Palooza Night. We are highly confident we will retain the outpour of community support, and we anticipate that in 2016 we will host the biggest Pink Event yet,” said Richard Warmbold, President of the Hurley Foundation.
The key Pink Palooza Night event dates are as follows: Pre-Pink Party on Aug. 11, at Brick Street Bar and Grill, 1223 E. Grand Blanc Rd., Pink Bake Sale on Sept. 30 at all Financial Plus Credit Union Locations and the Main Event Pink Palooza Night on Oct. 6 at the Holiday Inn Gateway Center, 5353 Gateway Center. For questions about Pink Palooza Night please contact Laura Jasso of Hurley Medical Center at 810-262-9589 or Rachel Mouser of Financial Plus Credit Union at 810- 244-2630.