FLINT – Pink Night Palooza is the ultimate night out, and everyone’s invited to participate in one of the most dynamic breast cancer fundraisers around, raising money and celebrating a wonderful cause for the annual event. Just as pink has become a nationwide symbol of empowerment, Pink Night Palooza gives you the power to change lives right here in Genesee County.
When someone receives the news that they have breast cancer, much of the time their minds go blank. They are removed from the situation, unable to think clearly, let alone ask the kinds of questions that need to be asked. But there’s a whole lot of education to be provided, and that’s where Hurley’s Breast Navigator Program and Breast Navigators like Marsha Schmit come in. They are there after you calm down and begin to process the information, once you start figuring out the questions you want to ask. And they’ll answer some you didn’t even know you had, helping you every step of the way.
Because of the costs associated with programs like these, Hurley has enlisted the help of the community, hosting a number of events and fundraisers to help benefit these women in need. One of the fundraisers that directly supplements the Breast Navigator Program is Pink Night Palooza.
The Pink Night Palooza event was announced last year when Financial Plus Credit Union’s Pink Night fundraiser teamed up with Hurley Foundation’s Pink Palooza fundraiser. The two groups joined forces last year to much success and will continue the Pink Night events this year, including the Drink for Pink Fundraiser, which took place in July, and the upcoming Get Pampered for Pink, held Aug. 24.
The Get Pampered for Pink event will take place at Serendipity Wellness Spas in Linden and Frankenmuth. Funds raised at the event will benefit local patients in Hurley’s Breast Cancer Navigator Program, alleviating financial and emotional burdens associated with recovery. Mini Manicures, Mini Pedicures, and Mini Massages, for $15 each, scheduled by appointment from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. will allow visitors to get pampered while changing lives in their communities.
The original Pink Night fundraiser was started in 2007 by employees of Financial Plus who had a passion for raising awareness and monetary funds for those affected by breast cancer. In 2015, Financial Plus raised a net of $69,000 for American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (gross of $77,000). Last year, about 500 people attended the first Pink Night Palooza presented by Hurley Medical Center and Financial Plus Credit Union, raising thousands of dollars for this wonderful cause.
Pink Night Palooza event will be held at the Holiday Inn & Gateway Centre in Flint, and is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 5 from 5-11 p.m. Tickets for Pink Night Palooza are still available and can be purchased online at www.hurleymc.com/pink.
— Alex Petrie