Breast Cancer Awareness Event, Seventh Annual Pink Flamingo Nite Scheduled For Thursday

WAYNE – From vendors to a photo booth and information about breast cancer awareness, all will be shared during this week’s Pink Flamingo Nite.

This year’s event will be on Thursday, October 27 from 5 – 9 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church located at 5th and Main Street. Attendees are encouraged to dress in pink for some extra fun.

The night is being sponsored by Our Savior Lutheran Church Women of the ELCA, Providence Medical Center and Pac N Save with supporting funds provided by Thrivent.

Kim Dunklau is the coordinator of the Pink Flamingo Nite and said the group first started meeting early in the year.

“We have a wonderful committee,” said Dunklau. “Several from Our Savior, several from PMC from the hospital. So, yeah, we are a committee of I think about nine.”
The event has grown from a small group of about 100 women to close to 300 women and men moving into the seventh year.

Tickets were available through last Friday (October 21) to plan for numbers with the meal but will not turn anyone away who show up the night of the event. Cost is $10 per ticket.

Dunklau added the evening is all about awareness for breast cancer with this year’s focus on breast cancer survivors.

“Our speaker, our style show, our musical time,” Dunklau added. “All of it includes women who are breast cancer survivors, or women who have been caregivers or been deeply affected by cancer.”

Plenty of shopping vendors will be available Thursday evening along with PMC offering tables with information for breast cancer awareness. Vendors will be open from 5 – 9 p.m. along with a cash/wine bar sponsored by The Jug starting at 5 p.m. with a portion of sales donated to event proceeds.

A light meal will be served from 5:45 – 6:45 p.m., with live music provided by Sherie Lundahl in the sanctuary.

Kathleen Splitt will be this year’s inspirational speaker at 7 p.m. as music will also take place during the program.

“She retired as pastor at the Presbyterium Church in Laurel,” Dunklau mentioned. “She was raised in McCool Junction and is a nine-year cancer survivor. She was diagnosed in 2013 with breast cancer. So, she’ll be sharing her story with us of her journey through dealing with breast cancer.”

Door prizes will be drawn throughout the evening while a quilt raffle will take place. Raffle tickets are one for $5, three for $10 or seven for $20. Those interested don’t have to be present to win as the winner will be drawn around 8 p.m. Thursday evening. Reach out to Tracy Henschke by emailing or call Christina Junck at 402-369-0676 for information on the 82×94 inch quilt.

A style show will close out Thursday night put on by Providence Medical Center with cancer survivors being the models.

Funds raised will go towards the PMC Oncology Department.

“Purchase two TV screens for the infusion rooms so that as patients are getting their treatments they will have TV to be able to watch,” Dunklau said. “They also are putting it towards two new computer carts. Their computers are on wheels to be able to move back and forth from rooms.”

Reach out to Our Savior Lutheran Church at 402-375-2899 or email for more information.

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