Thanks to the generosity of our community's enthusiastic embrace of The Valley Goes Pink, the October 2012 effort raised over $61,000! We are tremendously grateful to all who participated and especially to our co-chairs, Susan Coyle, Owner/Broker Real Estate Two, and Patricia Tarasovic, Volunteer Center Director, Valley United Way.
Already, planning is underway for The Valley Goes Pink 2013! Here are some dates to save on your calendars (start times approximate for now):
- Monday, Sept. 30th (evening): Waiters Go Pink at Wellington's Restaurant in Shelton
- Thursday, Oct. 10 (evening): Young Emerging Pros (Valley Chamber) Pinktoberfest! at Molto Bene in Ansonia
- Thursday, Oct. 17 (evening): Scotch Tasting at LaSala at Sons of Italy, Derby
- Saturday, Oct. 19 (afternoon): The Breast Wellness Walk for the Valley Goes Pink, Linden Park, Naugatuck
- Tuesday, October 22 (5:30 - 8:30): Wine Tasting for Pink at Il Palio, Shelton
To keep abreast of our happenings, join The Valley Goes Pink Facebook Group. You can also contact us directly at 203.732.7504 or at email@example.com to learn how you can participate next October for VGP 2013! It's never to late to join the pink parade!
Take a look at our "Thank You" poster for the 2011 campaign.
What is The Valley Goes Pink?
The Valley Goes Pink is a grassroots, community-wide effort throughout the Lower Naugatuck Valley to:
all at the same time!
Throughout October, Valley towns are invited to host a variety of unique fundraising events and marketing programs to raise awareness and support for the cause. From hosting Pink Parties in homes, to "pinkifying" businesses with ribbons or lights, or hosting dress down days and auctions - the possibilities are endless! Help us paint the town PINK!
Here are some suggested ideas on how you "Go Pink":
- Schools - Involvement in The Valley Goes Pink can be an empowering learning experience for everyone! "Pink-Up your football game, decorate the school in pink, sell pink flowers or Griffin Hospital's pink wristbands.
- Corporations - Host a pot luck lunch at work and collect contributions at the door, organize a company-wide auction or host a "dress down" day or "dress in pink day".
- Restaurants - Designate a special drink or dish and donate the sales for a day, week, or month.
- Libraries and Bookstores - Curate a series of programs, displays, or reading selections centering on breast cancer awareness and survivorship. Feature art by survivors in your gallery or host survivors and physicians to speak about their experience.
- Clubs and Organizations - Pass the hat at your next club meeting, feature a Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness speaker, or organize the membership to create their own fundraising event.
- Municipalities - Government can get into the "Spirit of Pink" by decorating town greens and offices with pink ribbons, illuminating town buildings with pink lighting, and issuing proclamations for "Pink Month." All activities serve to promote downtown merchants and strengthen community pride.
- Pink Products - Buy special pink products for sale at Griffin Hospital or sell our products at school, work, or in your neighborhood. The Griffin Hospital Pink Wristbands are priced at $1.