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On the final Friday of October, the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) will be partnering with AdventHealth Heart of Florida for “Paint it Pink” to recognize those affected by cancer.
Paint it Pink is a countywide program and will be coming to Art Alley in historic downtown Haines City for the second time. The Oct. 29 event lasts from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and also marks the return of the CRA’s monthly “Finally Friday” celebration after a brief hiatus.
One of the event’s highlights will be a family sidewalk chalk competition with an emphasis on cancer awareness. Families affected by cancer will have the opportunity to design their own pink sidewalk square. There will be five gift baskets, donated by local businesses, to be given away as prizes. Pink art at Art Alley will serve as the event’s backdrop.
“When it comes to cancer, almost everyone has been personally affected or knows someone who has,” said Jane Waters, CRA Project Manager. “Regardless of whether you’ve lost loved ones, beat cancer or are currently battling or watching a loved one battle cancer, this is a reminder that no one has to fight it alone.”
Throughout the course of the event, five professional artists will be painting portraits that reflect the theme. They will be auctioned off a later date. All proceeds will support the AdventHealth Foundation, which funds breast cancer-related research and services.
“AdventHealth is incredibly grateful for the philanthropic support of its neighboring communities that play a vital role in elevating the level of care locally,” said Tracy Porter, executive director for AdventHealth Polk Foundation. “Donations made to support breast cancer care at AdventHealth Polk will help purchase a 3D Mammography Machine, allowing for finding tumors sooner and saving more lives.”
Another one of the event’s major sponsors, Mahalak Auto Group, will present the luminary portion of the event scheduled for 7 p.m. B. Haven will provide the entertainment. Food trucks will also be open for the event.
For more information, to RSVP or to register for the event, contact the CRA at 863-421-5577 or CRAinfo@hainescity.com.