The Red Bank Bosom Buddies, seen here in May, are, from left: Teicia Gaupp, Jenny Rossano, Janice Havay, Sandy Riddle, Beth Hanratty and Jen Shields. Missing is Cristie Ritz King. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
The self-christened Bosom Buddies — Sandy Riddle, Janice Havay, Beth Fields, Cristie Ritz King, Jenny Rossano, Jen Shields and Teicia Gaupp — plan to participate in the AVON 39 Walk for Breast Cancer in Manhattan October 17 and 18.
The walkers, from left, are: Janice Havay, Sandy Riddle, Beth Hanratty, Jen Shields, Teicia Gaupp, and Jenny Rossano. Missing from the photo is Cristie Ritz King. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
But first comes a party.
By DANIELLE TEPPER
Thursday, October 4: Red Bank Family EyeCare Open House
Tyrone Choate, optical manager at Red Bank Family EyeCare, spent all of July volunteering at Cap Haitian Eye Center in Haiti, where he was inspired to apply what he learned at home before turning around and bringing something right back.
The doctor there really impacted me, said Choate. He wasnt doing it for the money, but out of the goodness of his heart.
The CHEC operates solely on donations, so Choate worked together with Dr. Erin Curtis to organize last week’s open house. Their goal was to raise at least $2,640, which is what it costs to sustain the Haitian clinic for one month. The night raised $2,000 from over 150 people and a portion of all eyeglass sales will be donated throughout the month of October to reach the grand total needed.
It quickly caught on in the nearby communities of Pink Haven (Fair Haven, that is) and Pink (Monmouth) Beach. And in 2012, you’ll find it happening everywhere from Pinkbury (Shrewsbury), Pinkson (Rumson) and Little Pink (Little Silver), to Pinkdel (Holmdel), Atlantic Pinklands (Atlantic Highlands) and possibly other coordinates on your G-Pink-S.
Beginning Friday, May 4, and continuing through May 12, Riverview Medical Center invites residents of the greater Green to participate in a campaign that’s designed to encourage women aged 40 and older to schedule an annual mammogram as well as to fund mammography services to our uninsured and underserved neighbors with a pledge to Paint the Town Pink.
If, as it’s been said, it takes a village to turn a town pink, then this year’s nine-day campaign promises to be “bigger and pinker than ever,” with a gala reception, celebrity appearances, large-scale public events, and the centerpiece of the schedulE: the mass “pinking” of homes all over this side of the Garden State Pinkway.
Cousins Mike Ruane and Erika Rech are gearing up for a round of heavy fundraising for Breast Friends Forever, the non-profit they created as high school freshmen. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)
By DUSTIN RACIOPPI
Rech’s mother was diagnosed with stage-three breast cancer. Six months later, two more women in the family were diagnosed with the disease.
“We were surrounded by chemo and radiation,” Rech said.
In response, the two raised $1,000 in a local Relay For Life fundraiser, but wanted to do more. So they did some research and a lot of legwork and, by 2007, were founders of a non-profit, Breast Friends Forever.
Perhaps even harder to fathom than the odds of three family members being diagnosed with breast cancer in such a short timeframe: Rech and Ruane were both only 15 years old when they founded the non-profit.
It was Girls Night Out at Red Bank’s Downtown nightclub Wednesday, one of a series of events in the annual Paint the Town Pink celebration to raise awareness about, and funds for treatment of, breast cancer. Proceeds from the $60 tickets went straight into the Pink Fund, which provides free mammography for uninsured women at the Jane H. Booker Women’s Center at Riverview Medical Center.
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By DUSTIN RACIOPPI
Stating the obvious here, but Pink Week is upon us again, that time of year when downtowns go blush and flushed in pink, and awareness is unavoidable.
Pink streets, pink flags, pink bracelets, pink windows, pink parties, redbankgreen‘s pink masthead. You get the idea.
But pretending that you’ve somehow missed what this whole thing is about, or you’re new to town, skip below for an explainer of what it all means, why it’s here and how you can join the cause.
Several hundred women indulged in a gals-only cocktail party at Red Bank’s Downtown club Wednesday night, part of the annual breast cancer awareness effort known as Pink Bank. Need we say redbankgreen was there?
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So, what is this ‘Paint the Town Pink‘ that’s suddenly being touted all over downtown Red Bank?
Ah, you must be new to town.
Also known as “Pink Bank,” it’s an annual weeklong series of events, now in its fourth year, that’s organized by Riverview Medical Center and Red Bank RiverCenter to promote breast cancer detection and prevention.
In the process, it’s meant to liven up the retail district and inject some fun into spring. It all kicks off Saturday.