Drink for Pink

Published On February 25, 2014 | By Kymbo Slice | Community
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DFPThe Susan G. Komen Foundation is responsible for saving many lives, providing women with access to mammograms they otherwise couldn’t afford, through their voucher program. Until one’s life has been touched in some way by breast cancer and its realities, it is likely the average person hasn’t thought about supporting this cause. Until very recently, our editor was one of those individuals. Trotting through her twenties fairly healthy, with a few bumps in the road, but nothing terribly concerning, she was very surprised to learn at a recent exam that she would be needing a mammogram at age 29 because of a lump discovered in her breast.

Knowing it could very well be a cyst and that she was still quite young to be worried about having breast cancer, she continued onto a series of appointments throughout the next year that involved ultrasounds, mammograms and even a non-invasive needle biopsy. The notion of caregivers that she was “too young to be going through this,” and that the growth was likely not cancerous became real during the day of her surgery, when it was removed for further examination and biopsy. She turned out to be just fine, despite the level of concern and steps taken. Her peace of mind was the end result of a process that would never have been possible without the Komen Foundation and other resources made available to her via programs that help under/uninsured women get the access to care they so desperately need in these cases.

And that, friends, is why we’re so very excited to tell you about this year’s Drink for Pink event. We even had a chance to speak with someone from the Oakland Business Improvement District (the organization responsible for founding the popular event), Mary Davidson Williams.

“Oakland created Drink for Pink as the response to a request from Pitt Athletics to help bring the momentum of Pink the Petersen into our business district. 2009 was the first year of Drink for Pink. It was held at both Joe Mama’s and Peter’s Pub in a similar format to this year’s event. It has always been a fun event that brings together a great group of people raising funds for a fantastic cause, Susan G. Komen Pittsburgh.”

With Dollar Bank as a sponsor, “we decided that we could have an even greater impact if we introduced some friendly competition between neighborhoods,” says Mary. And so, this year the event has spread to both Downtown and the South Side. “Working with our partners has been fantastic and we are really looking forward to seeing a huge increase in this year’s donation,” she says.

For Jeremy Waldrup, the President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, becoming involved was a no-brainer. “Almost everyone knows someone who has [had a connection to Komen], making this a really easy event for us to rally behind and support,” states Waldrup.

The event takes place Tomorrow, February 26 from 5-7PM at three locations:

Downtown: Andy’s at the Fairmont
South Side: Local Bar + Kitchen
Oakland: The Porch at Schenley

In addition to supporting a good cause, the evening features specialty pink cocktails, raffles and celebrity bartenders at each location, including Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Charlie Batch and more of your favorite local personalities. For a full list of guests, prizes and other information, you can read more over here.

In case you’re wondering how much a happy hour impacts lives directly, take it from us. According to their website, “Up to 75 percent of the Affiliate’s net income goes toward funding grants to community hospitals and organizations that provide breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment programs for medically underserved women.” We’re living proof.

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