- CP photo by Stephen Caruso
- The fountain at Gateway Center in Downtown Pittsburgh is dyed pink this month for breast cancer awareness.
By this point, just about every American recognizes October as a month where people wear pink to bring awareness to efforts to find the cure for breast cancer. But Pittsburgh City Paper wants to encourage our readers to do more than just put on a pink pin and go about their day. Instead, take action.
To help you do that, we’ve compiled a list of some events that readers can participate in to help raise money for cancer research, cancer screenings and other services for breast-cancer patients and survivors.
Pink Pianos Party
5 p.m. Fri., Oct. 6
125 Seventh St., Downtown
Party-goers can drink pink beer till last call, all in the name of supporting families of breast-cancer patients. Howl at the Moon, a piano bar, will be hosting this event to support Open Arms Breast Cancer Outreach Fund, a charity of a real-estate developer that provides free lodging for medical patients. Donning a pink outfit gets you free admission. www.howlatthemoon.com
11 a.m. Sat., Oct. 7
219 Twin Lakes Road, Hempfield
Last year more than 400 participated in the walk at Twin Lakes Park outside of Greensburg, and this year organizers are hoping for more. The money raised goes to the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition, a scholarship fund for Westmoreland County students that have been affected by breast cancer, and a fund to provide money for co-pays and other out-of-pocket expenses for breast-cancer patients. The walk starts at 11 a.m. The deadline for online registration has passed, but participants can register on walk day starting at 9 a.m. for $30. www.westmorelandwalks.org
Noon, Sun., Oct. 15
974 Freeport Road, Pittsburgh
The Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition is hosting a wine tasting with Terroir Wine Group at the Fine Wine and Good Spirits store, at Waterworks, to raise funds that go to care packages for cancer patients, research and legislative advocacy. Donations will be made by Terroir based on October sales of Lobetia Organic Wines at all state wine stores. www.pabreastcancer.org
Sweat Pink Cardio Party
5:30 p.m. Mon., Oct. 16
551 Fairground Hill Road, Butler
Local health club Focused Fitness will be holding a cardio party at Butler Intermediate High School where participants can build up a sweat in the name of fighting breast cancer. Tickets are $20 and include a bag of pink goodies, a two-hour workout and light refreshments. All proceeds go to Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition. www.facebook.com (search “focused fitness”)
Pink Pong ping-pong tournament
6: 30 p.m. Tue., Oct. 17
120 Whitfield St., East Liberty
Battle breast cancer with a wicked spin serve or spike. CoreNet Global, an association of corporate real-estate professionals, is hosting a ping-pong tournament at the Ace Hotel to raise money for breast-cancer research through the Pittsburgh-based Glimmer of Hope foundation. Players of all skill levels are encouraged to participate, and tutorials will be offered to those unfamiliar with the sport. Tickets to play in the tournament cost $120, and $100 to watch. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served. pittsburgh.corenetglobal.org
Real Men Wear Pink events
The American Cancer Association, in collaboration with Real Men Wear Pink, will be hosting several high-end fundraisers for ACA’s programs, which include free rides and lodging for cancer patients and other services. Pittsburgh events include a concert with silent auction, cocktail hours, a fashion show and a Greek festival. In terms of fundraising, Real Men Wear Pink of Pittsburgh is one of the most successful RMWP organizations in the country. www.facebook.com (search “Real Men Wear Pink of Greater Pittsburgh”)