Cancer support group plans fifth gala

Published 9:33 am Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Pink Is Powerful Cancer Support Group will host its Fifth Annual “Shades of Pink” Gala on Saturday, Oct. 7. This will occur from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Regional Workforce Development Center of Paul D. Camp Community College, 100 N. College Drive, Franklin.

The donation price is $25 per person and you must present your ticket to enter.

The theme this year is “Christmas in October and Shades of Cancer.” The event will include dinner, entertainment, a silent auction and door prizes. The special guest speaker for the evening will be the Rev. Jennell Whitfield Riddick, founder of Walk-In-It and an associate pastor at First Baptist Church in Franklin.

Attire is to be festive.

This year’s honorees are caregivers Cynthia Walloe and Lonzetta Morton; survivors Daisy Foreman, Ernestine Austin and Polly Vaughan; sponsor Vivian Stevens-Lyons; and chaplain Pauline Magette.

There will also be a memorial recognition of past members: Sandra Baxter Smith, Joyce Holloway Overton, Kenya Branch, Nikita Outlaw, Doreen Council, Sendy Lashley, Joyce Baker, the Rev. Henry Blunt, Darryl Wellington, Ritchie Artis and Johnny Ray Holloway. 

This year’s inductees include Ophelia Taylor, Thurmon Overton and Geraldine Odom.

Organized to serve as an advocate for cancer survivors, the mission of Pink Is Powerful is to educate, encourage and empower individuals before and during their journey with cancer.   

The first gala, sponsored by the Empowerment and Uplifting Foundation, was in 2012. The donations from the events enable the group to assist individuals with gas money to get to and from appointments; send birthday, get well and sympathy cards to individuals during moments of joy and disparity; provide financial aid to help with funerals; and support other needs of group members.

Monthly meetings feature motivational speakers, brunch, roundtable discussions, door prizes, etc.

The sole purpose is to uplift the survivors and provide whatever assistance it can. 

Contributions are welcome by the non-profit, which is working on becoming a 501(c)(3) organization. Make your check payable to: Pink Is Powerful CSG, P.O. Box 401; Franklin, VA 23851.

For further details, contact Audrey H. Lee, founder, at 556-5765.