Area Towns Painted Pink with Planned Special Events

May 4, 2012
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Evening with Bill Rancic at Count Basie Theatre among highlights of Pink Week

Paint the Town Pink festivities kick off Friday, May 4 with the Party for Pink. The event, hosted by the Care To Give Council, a Riverview Medical Center and Bayshore Com­munity Hospital Auxiliary, will be held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Navesink Country Club in Middletown. The Parisian-themed evening will feature live music by a French jazz band and decadent French cuisine. Tickets are $70 and reservations are limited.

Paint Everything Pink, held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 6, is a free community family fun day. This year’s edition will be highlighted by many of the same pink “zones” families have come to expect, as well as exciting new ones, including Kids’ Fun and Games, Pink it Yourself Man Cave and Rockin’ Country Thunder 106.3 radio station.

Bill Rancic, author, entrepreneur and husband, will share his story of career, family and his wife’s breast cancer diagnosis.

One of the Pink Week signature events, an exclusive Meridian Cancer Care event hosted by Paint the Town Pink, is “An Unplanned Plan: An Evening with Bill Rancic” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 7 at the Count Basie Theatre. Rancic, author, entrepreneur, and husband of celebrity news personality Giuliana Rancic, will showcase his warmth, humor, and humility as he shares the story of his marriage and family, his career, and his wife’s recent breast cancer diagnosis. He will speak about all the unplanned things in life that happen when you are busy making other plans.

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Tickets are on sale through the Count Basie Theatre Box Office. General admission tickets are $39. Special VIP premium tickets are available for $100 and include premium seating at the event, a meet and greet cocktail reception with Rancic immediately following the event, and a special Paint the Town Pink gift bag. Tickets can be purchased online at or by phone at 732-842-9000.

The Pink Panel Luncheon will be held noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 8 at Bingham Hall, River Road, Rumson. Registration is required. The luncheon will feature an informative and unique discussion from a panel of Riverview Medical Center physicians. Topics of discussion about breast health will include the importance of annual mammography, diagnostic testing, treatment options, and plastic surgery.

Panelists will include: Dr. Bokran Won, medical director of the Women’s Center at Riverview Medical Center; Dr. Debra Camal, medical director of the breast program for Meridian Cancer Care, and Dr. Peter Hetzler, plastic surgeon affiliated with Riverview Medical Center.

Pink Bank Girls Night Out will be held 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, May 10. Registration is required for the event, hosted by The Downtown. Tickets are $60. Pink cocktails and treats plus live music by the Mike Dalton band will highlight the evening. After 10 p.m. will be The Downtown’s Rock & Roll Karaoke.

Need a workout? The Zumbathon® event for Paint the Town Pink will be held 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 12. Registration is required. Hosted by Bayshore Community Hospital in partnership with Meridian Fitness and Wellness and the town of Holmdel, the session will feature a 90-minute Zumba workout. There will be giveaways, refreshments, kids’ activities, and education about the Pink mission and the importance of annual mammography. Tickets are $10 before May 7 and $15 after.

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These are just a few of the exciting events happening during Paint the Town Pink 2012. For a complete list of events, ticket and registration information and more, visit

Registration for any event is available by calling 1-800-DOCTORS.  Proceeds from any ticketed events will benefit the Pink Fund, which provides mammography for uninsured or underinsured women in the community.

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