“I do not like cancer here or there, I do not like cancer anywhere.”
Dr. Seuss made a similar phrase popular in “Green Eggs and Ham” when the narrator keeps repeating his disapproval of the food. For the 12th and final Pink Pajama Party in Brookville, which has the theme “Dr. Seuss,” organizers are showing their dislike of cancer and raising money to help those fighting the disease.
Females 16 and older are invited to attend the event, which takes place Saturday, Nov. 9, from 7-11 p.m. at the Brookville Volunteer Fire Department and Schilling Center, 900 Mill St. Attendees are also encouraged to wear pajamas, reports Kirshell Lovins, who founded the event with her mother-in-law, Joyce Lovins.
Other committee members are Judy White, Vicky Prybyla, Sherry Robinson, Melissa Smith, Marvetta Pennington, Marky Browning, Carol Zeiser, Brandy Sucietto, Stephanie Murray and Kim Meyers.
“It’s a night of pampering for the ladies. For spa services, we offer massages, hair styling, manis and pedis. We have a basket raffle and our popular quarter auction. We have appetizers for people to munch on and then later in the evening, we bring out a chocolate fountain.” Attendees also have the opportunity to purchase items from various vendors.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased from committee members or by calling Kirshell Lovins at 765-265-8734, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or sending a message through the Facebook page: Brookville’s Pink Pajama Party.
Even before the party begins Nov. 9, the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Mobile Mammogram unit, northern Kentucky, will be at the Schilling Center to provide free mammograms to the uninsured. Financial assistance is available for the underinsured. Private insurance companies will be billed. Women should call 859-655-7400 to set up appointment times. They are encouraged to secure a time soon because spots fill up quickly.
What was the inspiration for this extravaganza?
Kirshell Lovins was diagnosed with breast cancer and received a grant from the Indiana Women in Need Foundation to help pay for nonmedical needs. In 2007, she and her mother-in-law attended “a much larger Pink Pajama Party in Indy put on by the IWIN Foundation .... Joyce and I talked all the way home about how we could do one in Brookville on a much smaller scale.
“I really wanted to give back, but couldn’t financially, but I could give of my time. So in October 2007, Brookville’s Pink Pajama Party was born.”
“Our event raises money for men and woman in our county and surrounding counties who are fighting breast cancer. Our money stays local,” she adds.
“Last year was our biggest event yet. We raised $9,000 and hope to top that this year.”
Lovins encourages women of all ages to “please come out for a night of pampering and a good cause and say farewell to Brookville’s Pink Pajama Party.”
She says, “It actually breaks my heart” to not do this anymore after this year, “but I am having to learn to say, ‘No’ .... I have battled breast cancer, and it has caused permanent damage to my back and bones, and this event put a strain on my body. Plus, we have several ladies who are just getting too old (their words, not mine) and/or are having to take care of their families. We don’t have enough people to put on an event of this size.”
However, “we have discussed as a committee that we still want to raise money, but go in a different direction.”