The Warwick (NY) Merchants Guild and the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation are excited to announce the First Annual Pink Friday on October 19th, 2012, sponsored by the Bon Secours Charity Health System.
Pink Friday is the brainchild of Tim Mullally, owner and operator of two clothing retail stores in Warwick, NY: Style Counsel and Blue (http://stylecounsel.net/).
“A seed was planted by Warwick resident and business owner Kim Corkum when she started her ‘Think Pink’ initiative, a local fund raiser for breast cancer,” Mullally explained.
“It got me thinking” he added, “and when I brought my idea to Marybeth Schlichting, president of the Warwick Merchants Guild, she suggested I contact St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick (http://www.goodsamhosp.org/find-a-facility-st-anthony-community-hospital.html)
“We are honored to partner with the Warwick Merchants Guild on PINK FRIDAY. This inaugural event promises to be the beginning of something powerful – something that has the potential to save lives,” said Barbara Demundo, Director of Outreach for Bon Secours Charity Health System which includes St. Anthony as well as Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis and Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern, NY.
“Our Center for Breast Health at Good Samaritan is in the forefront of breast cancer care. Breast surgeon and Director of the Center for Breast Health, Dr. Karen Karsif, will be at Pink Friday where she will answer any questions and concerns people may have,” Demundo explained.
“Many women are terribly afraid of breast cancer but they need to know how treatable it can be, especially when detected early,” added Dr. Karsif.
Besides the many colorful shops and eateries participating in Pink Friday offering special discounts, promotions and other “freebies”, there will also be several dozen street vendors up and down Main Street and on Railroad Avenue.
“You can expect to see local hair salons providing makeovers and eyebrow threading, massages and henna tattoos. Also on the Railroad Green there will be a lineup of dance performances and fitness demonstrations and a troupe of belly dancers in full garb! A DJ will provide music to dance the night away — by 8:00 PM the Village will explode!” explained Tim Mullally.
Participating shops and restaurants will be donating a percentage of the day’s proceeds to Miles of Hope, a nonprofit charity that funds support services and outreach for people affected by breast cancer in the 8 counties of the Hudson Valley. Pari Forood, executive director of Miles of Hope, will be on hand with information on support services for people affected by breast cancer. http://www.milesofhope.org/complementarymed.html