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Council Bluffs will be pinker than ever during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Council Bluffs will be pinker than ever in October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month activities are expanded.

This year’s observance – with the slogan, “Fight the Fight, Find the Cure” – will include Pink Out games, the Save the Twins Poker Ride, Bedazzle A Bra contest, Pinky Canvas art contest, Pinkercise, Save Second Base Pub Crawl, a commercial window decorating contest and other events.

The purpose of the observance is to remind women to get regular screenings. The American Cancer Society recommends women 40 and older have a mammogram annually, if they are healthy enough.

At Iowa Western Community College athletic events in October, cancer survivors will be recognized and raffles will be held to raise money for Mercy Hospital and Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital.

Pink Out games will include IWCC football at 1 p.m. Oct. 3, IWCC soccer (women’s at 2 p.m. and men’s at 4 p.m.) Oct. 6 and IWCC volleyball at 6 p.m. Oct. 30. Patients will be honored either at the pregame coin toss or at halftime, said Marchell Benes, cancer support services specialist for CHI Health.

A ball signed by team members will be raffled off, with proceeds being split between Jennie and Mercy. The funds will go toward the Patient Assistance Fund, Benes said.

Jennie’s half of the money will go to the Breast Health Center, according to Tara Slevin, vice president of development and volunteer services.

The citywide Pink Out C.B. celebration, spearheaded by the Bosom Buddies, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 9 with a proclamation by Mayor Matt Walsh at Ogden Place in the 200 block of West Broadway. Cancer survivor Karen Krause will also speak.

“We will also present flowers to breast cancer survivors in the crowd,” Slevin said.

At 7 p.m., the first-ever Pinky Canvas contest will be held at Dixie Quicks, 157 W. Broadway. A guest artist will paint a picture, and participants will try to follow suit, Slevin said.

“Each person will get a canvas, easel, brushes and paints to paint their own original interpretation of the artist’s painting,” she said.

As usual, participating businesses along West Broadway downtown will compete in a window-decorating contest on breast cancer awareness.

“In addition to pinking out the 100 block, they are going to go down to the 200 and 300 blocks,” Slevin said.

Pinkercise and the Save Second Base Pub Crawl will be held the following day at Council Bluffs Jazzercise, 301 W. Broadway. Register for Pinkercise online or that day starting at 7 a.m. for $10 each or four for $30. Register for the pub crawl online or that day at 3:30 p.m. in the passageway in the 100 block of West Broadway for $20 per person.

Another new event this year will be the Save the Twins Poker Ride. The poker run, a joint project of Council Bluffs, Glenwood and Malvern Pink Out committees, will begin at 10 a.m. at Loess Hills Harley-Davidson, with registration at 9 a.m.

The route will likely run 100 miles or less and include three or four stops, plus the dealership, said Krystal Callaway-Neppl, marketing and events coordinator for Loess Hills. Participation will cost $15 per hand. Prizes will be awarded for the best hand and the worst hand.

“It’ll be a short ride,” she said. “Then we want people to be able to come back here to eat lunch before the Bedazzle A Bra contest starts.”

Entries in the bra-decorating contest, also a combined event sponsored by Loess Hills, can be submitted to the dealership from Oct. 1 until 1 p.m. the day of the event. The bras can be either put on a display panel or modeled during a live runway show at 1 p.m.

The three entrants who receive the most in donations will receive prizes, and the winning bras will be auctioned off to the audience. Proceeds from both events will go to Jennie’s Breast Health Center.

Jennie will take a bus to Des Moines Oct. 3 for those who would like to participate in the Komen Iowa Race for the Cure. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve a seat, call the volunteer services office at (712) 396-6040.

Jennie will sell pink short- and long-sleeved T-shirts and hoodies this year to benefit the Breast Health Center. The Council Bluffs Police Department and Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office will sell short- and long-sleeved T-shirts – purple to represent all cancers – to benefit Mercy.

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