Get Passionately Pink

This summer, add a little color to your workplace with a Passionately Pink party. Passionately Pink for the Cure is a national program aimed to promote breast cancer awareness and fundraising among friends, family or co-workers. Many organizations organize “pink days,” have bake sales of pink items or come up with other fun ways to get people involved in the fight against breast cancer.

Plante and Moran, a national certified public accounting firm with offices in Columbus, formed a Race for the Cure team to honor those close to the firm who had been affected by breast cancer and wanted to do some fundraising as well. Some of the activities they hosted at their workplace would be perfect for a Passionately Pink event.

Team captain Karen Anderson had done the Race for years after a close friend was diagnosed.

“She lost her battle the same day as Stephanie Spielman,” she said.  “I have too many friends now diagnosed with it and feel it’s my responsibility to do what I can to help them.”

To raise money for its Race team, Karen and her colleagues organized several activities.

Director of Development Beth Waldren takes a shot at the piñata.

“We had a Pink Ribbon piñata made that people could put donations into and was rotated between our two floors for eight weeks and then taken to Komen Columbus for the staff to have the fun of whacking away at it! We also had jeans day every Friday for eight weeks and had Plante and Moran wristbands made that we sold.”

(As one of the Komen Columbus staff members who had really did have fun “whacking away” at the piñata, it was a wonderful stress-relieving activity for us all!)

Executive Director Katie Carter delivered the piñata-busting blow.

The piñata held $1,158 and the team raised just over $5,000 this year. Karen found that the jeans days were the most successful as employees really appreciated the opportunity to dress down for a day.

Passionately pink parties can be small or large and include any number of activities. Read more about it and get passionately pink for the cure today!

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