In the Palm Beaches, October promises many things: slightly cooler temps, tricks, treats and the soft start of season. It’s also a reason to dedicate time and funding to a disease that affects more than 266,000 women each year.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Palm Beach County offers several ways for locals to get involved, gain awareness and raise funds for breast cancer research. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite events below, so all you have to do is show up wearing something pink.
The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk
Since 1993, more than 13 million walkers across the United States have raised over $810 million in the name of breast cancer research through Making Strides events. Palm Beach County is home to two of these walks, both of which require little more than walking sneakers and a fundraising goal. The South Palm Beach Walk will take place on Oct. 14 at 8:30 a.m. at Boca Raton’s Florida Atlantic University, and the Palm Beach Walk takes place on Oct. 27 at 9 a.m. at Meyer Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach. Registrants commit to raising funds for the organization and take part in a noncompetitive 3- to 5-mile walk as an individual or as part of a team. Find out more information at makingstrides.acsevents.org.
Susan G. Komen South Florida Downtowns Go Pink
The second annual Downtowns Go Pink event will take place in various locations around Palm Beach County from Jupiter to Delray Beach on Oct. 25. Restaurants and stores will offer special discounts and items to help raise funds for local breast cancer programs and global research. Expect to see local landmarks aglow in pink, mixologists creating rosy-hued cocktails and special shopping incentives and activities for all ages. Around the county, the event will be held at Harbourside Place in Jupiter, Downtown at the Gardens in Palm Beach Gardens, Clematis Street in West Palm Beach and Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach. Find out more information at komensouthflorida.org/downtowns-go-pink.
Real Men Wear Pink Concert
Enjoy a free concert by the Party Dogs during this special event presented by Jupiter Medical Center on Oct. 12 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Abacoa Town Center. The free concert will take place during Abacoa’s Food Truck Invasion and will also feature giveaways, raffle prizes, face painting and balloon sculpting. Find out more at jupitermed.com/events.
Fish for a Cure
The Bluewater Babes Fish for a Cure tournament is the largest female-only fishing tournament in the state and will be celebrating its 10th year this October. The tournament—which mixes fishing, boat decorations, costumes, cocktails, fireworks and an awards banquet—raises money to support local breast and ovarian cancer patients in financial need. This year’s tournament will take place from Oct. 5 to 6 at the Sailfish Marina Resort in West Palm Beach. The adult division costs $600, the teen division costs $350 and the party pass costs $60. One adult division registration includes a captain, mate and four female anglers. Each registrant will receive a party pass for Friday and Saturday night, which includes two drinks and a buffet. Find out more at bluewaterbabe.org/fish-for-a-cure.
Pink Drinks at The Cooper
The Cooper is featuring two pink drinks from Oct. 1 to 31, and $2 from each sale will benefit the Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center at JMC. The Pink Peg is a mixture of Tito’s Vodka, The Cooper’s homemade lemonade, and homemade grenadine. “Thanks a Melon” mixes Milagros silver tequila with fresh lime juice, fresh muddled watermelon and agave. The prices range from $9 to $10.50. Take a peek at the rest of the menu at thecooperrestaurant.com.
Tickled Pink Treatments at PGA National Resort & Spa
Choose from four luxurious, pink-themed treatments at the Spa at PGA National during the month of October. Offerings include a pink Champagne Swedish massage, a pink Himalayan salt manicure and pedicure, body treatment and superfruit facial. The spa will donate $5 from every Tickled Pink treatment to the Palm Beach County chapter of the American Cancer Society. You can book the treatments from Oct. 1 to 31, Sundays through Fridays. Find out more information at pgaresort.com/spa/seasonal-specials.
Sip and Shop Benefiting Komen South Florida
Spend a Sunday afternoon enjoying drinks and light fare, shopping from unique local businesses, bidding on silent auction items and supporting Komen South Florida on Oct. 14. from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets cost $60 per person, and the event will be held at Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place. Purchase tickets,and find out more information here.
Capital Strategies Women’s Forum: The Breast News Ever!
Capital Strategies Women’s Forum will welcome Jupiter Medical Center’s breast cancer program medical director Dr. Nancy Taft on Oct. 18 for a conversation about the latest in breast cancer research and treatments. The evening will include time for networking and a Q&A session, as well as cocktails and small bites. All ticket proceeds benefit the Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center at JMC. The event will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Hilton Garden Inn in Palm Beach Gardens. Tickets cost $30 per person. Find out more and purchase tickets here.
CityPlace and Hilton West Palm Beach have partnered with the American Cancer Society to offer two fitness-related events as part of the three-day District Fit festival, happening in downtown West Palm Beach. CarD.O. Drum Fitness with Loud Live Productions (Oct. 19) is a high-energy cardio class in which participants will be handed a set of drumsticks and will go through a variety of drumming exercises on large tires. Zumba for a Cure (Oct. 20) will be led by Zumba instructors Janice and Alexsa, with a cool down led by cancer exercise specialist Shannon Burrows. Burrows will end the workout with a stretch and info session as she shares her experiences as a breast cancer survivor and fitness instructor. Proceeds from each class will go toward the American Cancer Society’s Real Men Wear Pink campaign. Each class is asking for a $10 donation. Find out more about the classes, and District Fit, at districtfitwpb.com.
Enjoy a Cabo Tata Rita Margarita
As if a margarita and a taco wasn’t already a perfect pair, Cabo Flats has made the duo even more special. Enter the Cabo Tata Rita Margarita, a pink drink prepared with Partida tequila especially for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, being served all month long. A portion of each purchase will benefit breast cancer research organizations. The drink costs $10, and all Palm Beach County Cabo Flats locations are participating. Find out more at caboflats.com.
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