Richmond’s annual Paint the Town Pink campaign will kickoff 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at the Madison County Courthouse.

But, it is not too late to become a community sponsor.

“This is the opportunity for our community to come together for a cause that touches the lives of so many people in Richmond and Madison County,” said Jill Williams, spokesperson for Pattie A. Clay Regional Medical Center.

“Not only do we raise awareness about breast cancer and the importance of early detection, it allows us to raise money for local cancer charities.”

The community is being asked to purchase special T-shirts in order to make a sizable donation to local cancer charities.

“This year, individuals will be able to purchase T-shirts at Merle Norman Cosmetics and Chick-Fil-A restaurants,” Williams said.

T-shirts bearing the Paint the Town Pink logo will be available to purchase beginning next week and all order forms must be submitted by Sept. 14.

The shirts are $10 each, $12 for 2XL and $13 for 3XL.

Richmond Mayor Jim Barnes and Madison Judge/Executive Kent Clark will present a formal proclamation at the kickoff event.

“We will have a balloon launch where we will kick off the events, recognize breast cancer survivors and sell Paint the Town Pink T-shirts,” Williams said.

Two new features of this year’s celebration is “Profile in Pink,” which tells the personal story of a breast cancer survivor, and a Pampered Pink Ladies Night Out.

Call Sara Rogers at 625-3156 to make a reservation for this event scheduled for Oct. 4.

“We suggest a $10 donation which will continue to go to the local charities,” Williams said. “This is an opportunity to get together with girlfriends, get pampered, enjoy snacks and get some education.”

More than 40 businesses participated as Pink Partners last year. Each partner provided a special sale or event throughout the week to highlight the fight to find a cure for breast cancer.

“The Pink Partnership donated more than $5,100 to local charities, such as the Brighter Days Ahead Foundation and Madison County Breast Cancer Support Group,” Williams said. “In addition, many organizations also donated to the American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen for a Cure Foundation.”

There has been a good response so far from community members in supporting this year’s Paint the Town Pink event.

“We’d love to be able to donate $7,500 to the local cancer charities this year because of Paint the Town Pink,” she said. “Ultimately, if Paint the Town Pink makes one person get their annual mammogram and saves their life through early detection, we’ve achieved the greatest outcome of all.”

Call Williams at 625-3675 for more information about sponsorship or T-shirt orders.

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