For the third year in a row, Surf City or “Surf Pink” as it has been affectionately referred to, will be teaming up with Meridian Health for their annual Paint the Town Pink campaign. Read further on and you’ll learn about the Surf City Taxpayers Association involvement this year, including the “Pink-est Business Award”.
Paint the Town Pink is a collaborative effort between various communities in Monmouth and Ocean counties to raise awareness of the importance of annual mammography. Many of you have probably seen in past years the pink ribbons lining the Boulevard, the large banner displayed out front of Borough Hall, or the different businesses’ storefronts that have been
These wonderful pink displays are dual purpose; not only do they add a fun element to the town, but they serve as a visual reminder for women to “think pink,” and by that, we mean to think about their breast health. Unfortunately, statistics show that about 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime and in 2016, an estimated 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S.
Early Detection is The Answer
With that in mind, early detection can be a woman’s best defense against breast cancer. The main goals of the Paint the Town Pink campaign are to promote breast cancer prevention by encouraging women in the community, aged 40 and older, to get their annual mammogram.
The Paint the Town Pink event merges the detection campaign with a fundraising component for Meridian’s pink funds. Each Meridian Hospital has set up a “Pink Fund” to provide free mammography screening to uninsured and underserved women in their respective communities.
More Information is Available (especially how to get a mammogram)
More information on the Paint the Town Pink campaign, as well as information for fundraising events in Surf City and other participating communities, can be found at http://www.paintthetownpink.com .
If you need or a loved one needs a mammogram and do not have the ability to pay for it through insurance, or other means, please contact one of our Centers (listed below) and a representative will walk you through the process. You will need a prescription from a doctor on our medical staff.
scta is Proud to PARTICIPATE in 2 ways
The Surf City Taxpayers Association is joining this great effort in two ways. First, we’re encouraging businesses — as in years past — to “do up their business” in pink.
Surf City 5 & 10 made a pink entrance
Island Realty had this charming pink display of support.
Tuckerton Lumber had a great display of “pink beach hardware”.
Leave it to Wink to do up a pink outfit.
Pink-themed window displays, signage, ribbon placements or pink inspired knick-knacks will all the do the trick. At the end of May, a group of SCTA judges will take pictures of each participating business and select one to receive”The Pink-est Business Award”. That business will get promoted and publicized for their creativity and contribution to the spirit of Surf Pink 2016.
For businesses who want more information — and want to get a FREE swag bag of decorating supplies, including your pink bow, and to get your business listed on the PTTP webpage — check out this Facebook post .
Second, a special SCTA Beautification Committee has been formed to select and donate urns and flowers that will decorate the Borough Hall entrance and flowers that will bloom on either side of the entry sidewalk. Hopefully these blooms will be a wonderful “think pink” reminder to all.
We would like to thank Susan Scangarello of Bay Avenue Plant Company of Surf City for her counsel. We so appreciate her time and deep knowledge of plants in helping us select our pink blooms.
And also, a hearty thank you and congratulations to Sarah Roe, who is the driving force behind Surf Pink and our town’s participation in this important initiative.
access the Paint the Town Pink “Pink Fund”
Jersey Shore University Medical Center (Jersey Shore Imaging),
Ocean Medical Center, Brick- 732.836.4025
Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank- 732.530.2305
Southern Ocean Medical Center, Manahawkin- 609.978.8900, ext. 4232
Bayshore Community Hospital, Holmdel- 732.962.7230