My apologies for skipping the whole month of September! It was a whirlwind of activity, which culminated in our signature fundraising event, the Fidelity Investments Jacksonville Dragon Boat Festival on September 27th at the Jacksonville Landing. It was a huge success and was a sold-out event. Over 1100 paddlers competed and thousands of spectators lined the railings at the Landing watching the beauty of 42-foot long dragon boats race through the water, led by drummers dressed in spectacular costumes! What a wonderful event! Thanks to all of the sponsors, volunteers, and participants who made this second annual event possible.
Now, on to the busiest month of the year for In the Pink. Breast cancer awareness month is always a happening month. Be sure to take advantage of the following events taking place throughout our community.
October 4th: 7th Annual Pink Ribbon Symposium. Doors open at 8am, program concludes at 1pm at the Thrasher Horne Conference Center, 283 College Dr., Orange Park, FL. This year’s speakers will be focusing on the latest updates in breast cancer as well as good health, wellness, and survivorship. New to Pink Ribbon this year is the offering of free CME and CEU credits for health care professionals. The Symposium is open and free to the entire community. For more information, visit http://www.pinkribbonsymposium.org
To learn more about Tacos for Tata’s and purchase tickets, visit http://www.breastcancermarathon.com
October 10th: University of North Florida & Mayo Clinic present the 10th Annual Upbeat Pink…a musical tribute to breast cancer survivorship. 7:30 pm, Lazzara Performance Hall, UNF Fine Arts Center. Free and open to all.
October 11th: Join us for Historic Springfield’s First Annual Turn Up the Pink at Three Layers Cafe, 1602 Walnut Street in the Springfield area of Jacksonville. Free event with live music, silent auction, and education. Donations and proceeds benefit In the Pink! See you there. Noon-6pm.
October 11th: Tata’s 4 Tata’s Poker Run. Registration 9-11am at the Officer’s Club, 657, Wonderwood Drive. The final stop is at 4pm at Smitty’s Bar, 3553 Kori Road. $15 per rider, $10 per passenger. Live music from 4-8pm. Dunking booth, Locks of Love hair cutting, food truck, vendors and tatoo booth. Proceeds benefit In the Pink. See you there!
October 11th: 6th Annual Think Pink Motorcycle Ride & Event. Police escorted ride from 10:30am-12 Noon. Event from 9am-2pm. Flagler Imaging Center in St. Augustine, Florida. All welcome. Classic car show, vendors, and live music. For more information, visit http://www.thinkpinkinoctober.com
October 25th: 10th Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer presented by the American Cancer Society. The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Drive. Registration begins at 7:30am and the event begins at 9am. For more information, visit www.makingstrideswalk.org/Jacksonville or contact Patty.Foster@cancer.org, 904-391-3610.
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November 15th: 4th Annual Chili Cook-Off at Jerry’s Sports Grille from Noon-6pm. You could win a great trophy! Be a chili cooker for $25 (minimum 4 gallons of chili) or buy a tasting ticket for $10 at In the Pink or at the entrance. Live music by J. Collins, live auction by Florida Senator Aaron Bean, raffles, and great chili! Sponsorships are available by contacting Mike Harvey at email@example.com or call 242-8715. Proceeds benefit In the Pink! See you there.