The eighth annual “Think Pink Tea” will be held Oct. 12.
The tea is held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Wedding and Event Center on the second floor of the Times Square Building located downtown in Great Falls. A light lunch, dessert, coffee and tea will be provided along with a brief program informing women about early breast cancer detection and a survivor’s personal story. Kate Ruterbories, a cancer survivor, will be the keynote speaker. Additionally, there will be raffle baskets, door prizes, promotional items for sale, games and the chance to win fun and exciting gifts donated by businesses and individuals from area communities.
The cost to sponsor a table is $160 for a table of eight guests, $120 for a table of six guests or $25 per single seat. Each sponsor/hostess is responsible for setting and decorating her table and inviting guests to sit at her table. Early payments receive priority seating with a limited number of tables available. Space is limited, so those planning to attend are asked to purchase tickets by Oct. 5.
“This fundraising event is only made possible with donations from the wonderful people and businesses of our local communities, the speakers and singers donating their time, talents, knowledge and remarkable stories and all of those willing to volunteer and donate their time to make the Think Pink Tea a great success,” said Joy Ostberg, a member of the committee from Fairfield.
“Our committee works hard year-round to make it even more fun and special than the last one,” she added. “We hold the tea in October as part of breast cancer awareness month. We do all of this so we can help women in our communities in their fight against breast cancer.”
In 2012, a group of women from around the region got together and formed a committee to raise money for breast cancer awareness. The group is a registered nonprofit 501(c)3 charitable organization.
Since the first Think Pink Tea, the organizers have raised $63,200 and donated it to four different organizations including North Central Cancer Support Fund in Choteau, WABC in Great Falls, Sletten Cancer Institute in Great Falls and Susan G. Komen Idaho-Montana Affiliate.
The funds raised have been used to pay for mammograms, biopsies, second-opinion visits, prescriptions, wigs and/or breast prosthetics; providing funds for daycare, food and medical expenses during chemotherapy; providing funds for education programs and funds for research; and providing funds for travels, meals, lodging or other costs directly related to having additional testing and procedures completed.
For more information, or to donate a silent auction item or reserve a table or seat, contact Ostberg at 467-2421 or Tammy Comer at 590-6760. Information is also available on the Facebook page “Think Pink For the Girls.”