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The Pink Cadets Bats – N – Rouge Drag Softball Games!

Monday, April 12th, 2010

This past Saturday, April 10th, I attended the first annual Bats – N – Rouge Drag Softball Games benefitting Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  This event was hosted by the Pink Cadets softball team of the Hotlanta Softball League.  The Cadets had a great turnout for their event.  The participants were all in high spirit, making the games just as much for those watching as for those playing in the games.  All told, the Bats – N – Rouge games raised $4200 for Komen to the Cure!  

There were two games that took place on Saturday afternoon and I took a ton of pictures at both of them.  The first game featured Team Pink taking on Team Blue:










To see more pictures from this event, please check out this album on my Picasa page.

Team Orange vs. Team Red:










You’re Invited to the Bats-N-Rouge Drag Softball Game!

Friday, April 9th, 2010

My friend Joel plays on a softball in the Hotlanta Softball League.  However, his team, the Pink Cadets, isn’t just a softball team.  The Pink Cadets are a community of athletes who have come together to couple their passion for softball with their drive to combat breast cancer by raising money Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  Their first big fundraising event of the season is this Saturday and it is not to be missed!

This Saturday, April 10th, the Pink Cadets are teaming up with members of the local Atlanta Drag community will take to the field in Piedmont Park in the Bats – N – Rouge Drag Softball Game to raise money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  The game starts at 3pm so don’t be late!  Here’s a little bit more from the event Facebook page:

Have you ever seen drag queens and kings play softball?  Have you ever even seen them in broad daylight?  Here’s your chance!  Come join some of the biggest drag names in Atlanta and members of the Hotlanta Softball League as they help the Pink Cadets go to bat against breast cancer!

For one Saturday only, you can see the likes of Phoenix, Nicole Paige Brooks, Angelica D’Paige, Destiny Brooks, Lady Shabazz, Knomie Moore, Brent Starr, Alexandria Martin, Piper, Skylar, Martina Diamante, Owen McCord, Drue, Princess Charles, Summer Knight, Savannah Leigh, Tiffany Phillips and many more play softball with the boys in crazy drag and fun outfits! 

As I said above, tickets are $5 and can be purchased online via this Paypal link.  Please send your payment to thepinkcadets@gmail.com.  Be sure to bring your Paypal receipt to the game on Saturday in order to access the reserved seating area.  Tickets for the seating area can also be purchased at the game provided there are still seats available.

In addition to the game, there will also be music and games throughout the afternoon.  All proceeds benefit the Pink Cadets and their commitment to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  

I think this sounds like an absolute riot and I can’t wait!  I hope to see all of you out there as well – after all, this is truly a once in “laughtime” event!

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You’re Invited to the Atlanta 2 Day Walk for Breast Cancer Kick Off!

Friday, March 26th, 2010

The Atlanta 2 Day Walk for Breast Cancer Kick Off event will take place on Saturday, March 27th from 8am to 10am at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Buckhead and you are all invited to be there!

First, a little bit about the Atlanta 2 Day.  The Atlanta 2 Day is a very similar event to the Susan G. Komen 3 Day for the Cure and the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.  However, whereas those events benefit national breast cancer organizations, the Atlanta 2 Day raises money that will remain in  the Atlanta community.  The event is organized by a not for profit group called “It’s the Journey, Inc.”  ITJ was started in 2002 by a two-time breast cancer survivor named Randi Passoff in order to raise funds to directly benefit women in the Atlanta area through ITJ grants.

The 2010 Atlanta 2 Day is scheduled for October 2 and 3rd and as with the 3 Day, training and fundraising starts now!  Registration for the 2 Day is $150 for the full two days, including a hotel stay on Saturday.  There is a $1000 fundraising minimum for walkers participating in both days and a $500 minimum for walkers that are only walking on Sunday.  Altogether, the walk covers approximately 20 miles on Saturday and 10 miles on Sunday.  So obviously, while the commitment is still intense, it’s a little lighter than with the Komen 3 Day for the Cure.

If you are interested in participating in the Atlanta 2 Day or if you just want to learn more, please check out their Kick Off event tomorrow morning.  All of the details of that event can be found here.

Now that I’ve covered the specifics, it’s truth time:  In the past, I haven’t been a huge supporter of the Atlanta 2 Day.  While I support their goals (and the people who walk in this event) very much, the advertising and marketing for the 2 Day has always seemed a little devious to me.  I’ve seen a number of ads where the 2 Day folks appeared to target individuals that wanted to do the Breast Cancer 3 Day but were intimidated by the fundraising, the 60 mile distance or most especially, the camping.  They essentially have advertised themselves as the “easier alternative” to the 3 Day.  To me, that seems a little underhanded and unnecessary.  There is no need to make this a direct competition for participants.  There are plenty of people with good hearts to go around!

Because of this, I was hesitant to post this “You’re Invited” notice.  I don’t generally post things that I don’t believe in 110%.  However, this year, I am trying to be more supportive, especially of the wonderful men and women who are walking in this event.  The truth is, when it comes to raising money to find a cure and to support those fighting breast cancer, every little bit helps, regardless of where it comes from.  As transplanted Atlantian, I think the focus on raising funds to benefit our great city is highly worthwhile.

Having said all that, I leave you with this to think about.  If you are thinking about walking in the Komen 3 Day, don’t let the fundraising challenges, the longer distance or the camping discourage you from doing it.  You will absolutely not regret it, I promise.  And trust me, you CAN do it.  However, if the choice is between walking in the 2 Day or not walking at all, or if you are more interested in raising money that will directly benefit the Atlanta community, please consider doing the 2 Day instead.  Or hey, you could always do both…

 

Bark for Life, benefitting the American Cancer Society

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

Yesterday, Shenanigans and I had an excellent opportunity to shake up our training for the Susan G. Komen 3 Day for the Cure – we participated in the Bark for Life event to benefit the American Cancer Society!  The volunteers explained to me that this was a test event for the American Cancer Society to see if they could take their successful Relay for Life formula and translate it into an event designed around our four legged pals.  The ACS recognizes the important role that our pets, and dogs in particular, play in our lives especially when facing something as daunting as a cancer diagnosis.  Bark for Life was designed to honor the unconditional love and compassion that our dogs offer us while raising money for an important cause.  All in all, it was a really fun event as you can see from all of my pictures below.  Shenanigans and I are already looking forward to doing it again next year!

The first thing that we did upon arriving at Piedmont Park was to register for the event.  Registration was only $10 per dog, although additional donations are certainly welcome.  Each dog that took part in the walk was given a special welcome packet consisting mostly of fresh dog treats and flyers from the event sponsors.  In the grand tradition of charity events everywhere, the dogs were also given something special to wear for the event:  Bark for Life bandanas!

A cute little poodle modeling the Bark for Life bandana

The bandanas fit a little better on these bigger guys!

Following registration, we had some time to explore the vendor area.  There were tables set up selling all kinds of things to benefit the American Cancer Society, including home made treats for both people and pups, official Bark for Life t-shirts and other assorted things.  I even spotted some Bark for Life leashes and collars for sale.  If you’re interested, you can purchase some Bark for Life items in the American Cancer Society store at this link.


Bark for Life t-shirts (L) and leashes (R) in the vendor area (L)

Support Bark For Life!

As with all Relay for Life events, the Bark for Life walk started with Opening Ceremonies.  Opening Ceremonies featured a number of speakers who focused primarily on the role of dogs in lives of all of us, but of cancer patients and survivors especially.  The speeches were very moving although the dogs (including Shenanigans) were getting pretty restless at that point.  Motivational speeches don’t mean much to dogs, unfortunately.


Opening Ceremonies speakers

With the conclusion of Opening Ceremonies, it was time for the walk to officially begin.  Unlike the Relay for Life, which usually lasts for 12 or even 24 hours, the Bark for Life was only a one mile walk.  Our walk took place around the Active Oval at Piedmont Park, which is usually off limits to dogs, something the Bark for Life organizers failed to plan for.  In the future, I think a lap around Lake Clara Meer might work better.  Regardless, we all trooped up the steps and headed out onto the jogging path for a short lap. 


A team of Bark for Life walkers and their dogs (L) and the walkers passing in front of the Midtown Atlanta skyline (R) 
Click to enlarge all photos.

 

Even the little guys got to take part!

Much like with the Relay for Life, the route for the walk was marked with hydration stations and signage from the American Cancer Society.


Hydration station (L) and Signage on the route (R)

All in all, Bark for Life was a really fun and unique event incorporating two of my passions: walking with my dog Shenanigans and raising money for cancer research.  We got to support a great organization while knocking off a couple miles of 3 Day training.  A great way to spend a Saturday morning!  I can’t wait for next year!


Mike and Shenanigans with the Relay for Life sign (L) and Shenanigans and I before the walk (R)

To see all of my photos from the Bark for Life, please visit this album on my Picasa photo page.

 

You’re Invited to the Pink Tie Affair!

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Because I encourage raising money for breast cancer research in all forms, I thought I would pass on this flier that landed in my inbox today.  If you’re a local Atlantan, come out and support the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University on Friday, February 19th!