Pink Ladies ride a success
Staff photo by Jordan Maxwell... A car part of the Pink Ladies Ride for a Cure heads to St. Claude as part of their ride to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer.
The Pink Ladies Ride for a Cure was a success, said key organizer Tammy Hammersley, after the group did a drive for raise funds and awareness for breast cancer.
Over 200 people attended the banquet at Canad Inns as people celebrated the Pink Ladies' efforts to raise the awareness.
"All I can say is wow. I didn't expect this to be a huge year because the lack of snow took away from our event but the banquet last night was amazing," said Hammersley. The support from the community was tremendous. It was truly amazing (some of the work that was done)."
The event received a ton of support from the community and its sponsors. Hammersley said that the event couldn't have been a success without the support of the community.
The ladies began their drive down to St. Claude for lunch for 1:00 p.m. and returned to Portage by about 4:30 p.m. where the banquet continued at 6 p.m.
Through it all, the Pink Ladies event raised more than $26,000 for breast cancer research, said Hammersley, and the draws haven't been tabulated to add to the totals. What's more, the 70 women who participated had to raise a minimum of $150.
Hammersley said that she was happy to see the event turn out to be a great success despite issues with the weather and such.
"It didn't slow us down but we had to make sure we have a Plan B. Club Snow didn't have enough time to make the trail for us so we changed the plan the week before," she said.
The three top earners were also recognized for their fundraising efforts. Portage's Chris Gibson was able to come out as the top pledge collector; she raised $2,420 alone.
In addition Shelley Johnston Firth of Portage raised $1,472 while Tracey Kennedy Taylor raised $1,245. Melody Chambers also raised a significant amount for the cause.
Once the Pinks Ladies find out how much money was raised, it will be forwarded to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation