PinkFest held at Miceli’s

By ED FRANKS

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For more than a dozen years, Pine Island From Our Hearts Inc. has been raising funds to provide screening and treatment for the debilitating disease of breast cancer for eligible people in the Greater Pine Island area.

This year the name was changed from OctoberBreast to PinkFest. This year’s theme was “Show your Support Decorate a Bra.” Dozens of decorated bras were on display.

This year’s PinkFest, held at Miceli’s Italian Restaurant, offered a fun and entertaining way for Pine Islanders to gather in support of islanders needing screening and those struggling with breast cancer, while at the same time celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“First I’d like to thank Miceli’s for their 10 years of support,” Karen Washburn said. “This is a fundraiser and awareness raising event for From Our Hearts. We raise money to provide breast cancer screening and treatment for people on the island who can’t afford it.”

“In January, the Beacon of HOPE and From Our Hearts merged together and we are thrilled they are with us,” Beacon president Jane Pennington said. “I’m thrilled with the turnout today. All afternoon there will be games, raffles, great food from Miceli’s and lot’s of fun. We’re here to support those on the island who need financial support for breast cancer prevention and treatment.”

“October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and breast cancer is a very treatable disease if it’s caught early,” Beacon Board member Caryle Regan, RN, said. “Bringing the two groups together enables both the Beacon of HOPE and From our Hearts to serve the community better. We can do a lot more united than we can divided.”

A copy of the official registration (From Our Hearts, Inc = CH2811) and financial information may be obtained from the division of consumer services by calling toll free within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the state. 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352) www.FloridaConsumerHelp.com

Thank you to all who attended Pink Fest in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and From Our Hearts.  Our faithful staff of ‘Friends of From Our Hearts’ were there helping everyone spend their money while having a good time.  From 50/50’s, Bra Pong, Jello Shots, Lotto Tickets, Retail, and Silent Auctions there were so many ways to contribute to the fund raising which allows From Our Hearts to continue to support our community.

Thank you to the Miceli Family for one again hosting the fund raiser at their restaurant in Matlacha.  Along with the money raised by Pink Fest Activities, Miceli’s generously pledged 25% of the days profits to From Our Hearts.

Special thanks to everyone who decorated a Bra for the contest which made our Pink Fest event special this year.  The decorated Bras were on display in Miceli’s restaurant.  The Miceli’s Staff choose the 6 finalist and the First, Second and Third place bras were chosen by popular vote from the audience.   Enjoy the following photos of the event.  And plan on joining us next October for Pink Fest 2020.