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Breast cancer awareness events with style

A piece of bra art. Don't miss the exhibition at the next VAz event on October 7.
A piece of bra art. Don't miss the exhibition at the next VAz event on October 7.

Here’s the bad news this October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month: breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers, and the chance of developing invasive breast cancer at some time in a woman’s life is just under one in eight. The good news? Since 1990, death rates from breast cancer have steadily declined, particularly among women younger than 50. These declines are attributed largely to earlier detection and improved treatment, but there’s still a lot of work to be done in better understanding this disease.

Organizations across Connecticut are doing their part, hosting awareness events and donating proceeds from ticket sales to support organizations dedicated to breast cancer research and patient support. Grab your calendar and pencil in these important events.

Girls’ night!
Gather your friends and head to the Society Room at 31 Pratt St., Hartford, for a feminine, fabulous, fun VAz evening of shopping, fashion, beauty, cocktails and giveaways galore on October 7. A portion of ticket proceeds will go to the Connecticut affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Exhibitors include skincare, hair care, cosmetic, fragrance and body care brands, as well as spas and jewelry, accessory and fashion designers.

Don’t miss a unique exhibition of bra art, featuring one-of-a-kind bra art fashion designed by fashionistas, designers, community leaders and businesses.

Tickets are $35. Click here for more details.

Speaking of bras…
Donate new or gently-used bras on October 16 at the first-ever Go Pink! Fun Fall Fest at Lyman Orchards, hosted by Community Health Center, Inc.’s Connecticut Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program. Athena’s Cup will use the bras to try to break the world record for the longest chain of bras and benefit breast cancer research. The bras will be donated to women’s shelters across Connecticut afterward. M. Spa will also be on-site, offering free haircuts to those willing to donate 10 inches of hair to Locks of Love, which provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss.

Other events that day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. include a children’s Halloween costume contest, volleyball tournament, horseshoe pit and bocce ball, bobbing for apples, a pie-eating contest, potato sack races, water balloon games, raffles, hayrides and a deejay from Powerstation Events. Proceeds from the festival benefit the Connecticut Breast Cancer Coalition Foundation’s Emergency Fund, which provides financial assistance to breast cancer patients who need help with daily living costs.

A weekend of shopping
Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets has teamed with Susan G. Komen for the Cure. This month, text “PINK” to 90999* to donate $10 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, then enjoy a day of shopping at the  Premium Outlets Pink Event on October 23 and 24.

Just show your donation receipt on your phone at the event registration table, and you’ll get a special savings card filled with discounts from Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Coach, J.Crew, Kenneth Cole, Michael Kors and more.

On-site donations via cash or check will also be accepted during event hours. A representative from the Komen Affiliate will also be available to answer questions regarding breast health and the organization’s efforts.

Learn more: Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Connecticut Breast Cancer Coalition Foundation


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