“Employees can dress down and wear their pink shirt.” On Track to Beat Cancer T-shirts may be purchased for $20. Bracelets also are available. “So far we have already sold 406 T-shirts,” Mears said. The Kennel Club’s Poker Room will also join the cause with special events and pink drinks. Each Saturday matinee in October the club has a Pink Ribbon Feature in which the greyhounds wear pink racing blankets as they speed around the track. “The race includes our best racers,” she said. The On Track To Beat Cancer Award Race set for Oct. 26 will feature the club’s fastest and most talented greyhounds with all profits going to local cancer charities, according to the club. Oct. 26 is also when the club will have its Track Walk for Cancer in which everyone is invited to wear pink and show their support by walking the race track. “We’ve had around 150 employees, charity associates and customers participate in the walk around the track, and lots of greyhounds too,” Mears said. “On that day, we offer a trackside barbecue for participants.” In 2011 and 2012, the club was able to raise about $38,000. Mears said this year’s goal is $18,000.
NFL to return to traditional yellow penalty flags after too much pink causes confusion
There will be a little less pink on the field when the NFL kicks off Week 6. But the NFL isn’t abandoning its commitment to breast cancer awareness, it’s just trying to cause a little less confusion on the field. NFL spokesman Michael Signora confirmed to USA Today Sports on Monday that the league will toss the special pink penalty flags and go back to the traditional yellow hankies starting on Thursday when the Giants and Bears open up the week’s slate of games. With the NFL going all-in for breast cancer awareness month, there was simply too much pink on the fields. Many players were sporting pink gloves, wrist bands and cleats, along with pink towels hanging from their belts. It was those pink towels coming loose on tackles, combined with the refs throwing pink penalty flags that caused the confusion. AJ Mast/AP Players like Colts cornerback Greg Toler wear pink towels as part of the NFL’s campaign. The pink flags debuted last season during the Jets-Dolphins game at MetLife Stadium after a fifth-grader from Marlboro, N.J., made the suggestion to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in a letter. Dante Cano’s brainchild ended up with the 11 year old getting an invite to the game where he presented the pink flags to the officials before the start of the game. “Dante had a great idea and I am looking forward to meeting with him on Sunday to put it into action,” Goodell said at the time. “Sometimes the simplest ideas can be the best. I applaud Dante for sending in his recommendation.” The pink flags will hit the bench as the NFL learned there can be too much of a good thing.
No more pink flags; yellow penalty flags to return in Week 6
at St. Marys Hall, relocated from the Carson City Hospital lobby due to increased participation, according to Carson Foundation Executive Director Jaime Cassady. The event is free and open to the community. Local artist Robert Forest will be featured at the event, as will the Flat River Big Band, a 16-piece music ensemble with a full horn section. Attendees are encouraged to wear pink for a chance to win an iPad mini in a pink case donated by CMS Internet. Our Pink Ribbon Affair exists to raise money for local breast cancer and survivorship programs, Cassady said. We invite our community to come out for an amazing night of fun, local food vendors, music and friends as we unite in the battle to defeat breast cancer here in mid-Michigan. It is a great cause and we are very excited about this years event. A silent auction will include local art, electronics, jewelry, golf packages, bicycles, clothing and gift certificates to area retailers. In addition, some specialty packages will be offered, including hotel stays, a private airplane ride, a week at a cottage on Duck Lake and a ride along with the Carson City Police Department. I am so grateful for the community and local business support we have received over the past four years, Cassady said. Without their support, we would not be able to successfully raise money for this worthy cause. Breast cancer touches so many lives and we want to do what we can to help stop the damage it causes in our own communities, she said.
More on Yahoo: How ‘Breaking Bad’ Made a Dying Boy’s Wish Come True (and Scored a Brilliant Cameo, Too) “This wasnt just any old wish,” Emilia’s father Julian told Yahoo Shine in an email. “This was a wish of a dying girl and I am obliged to all those involved, particularly Rays of Sunshine, in making her wish come true and for us, as a family, to have a very bright day in what have been a dark few months.” Rays of Sunshine made it happen within just a few days, getting a donated Lamborghini Aventador Roadster temporarily sprayed fuchsia for the pink-loving, speed-craving redhead. It also got Hammond, co-host of the popular BBC show about cars, onboard, and helicoptered him to a Herefordshire airport, where the striking, one-of-a-kind auto was waiting. Hammondknown for, among other things, conducting the last Evel Knievel interview before the stuntmans death, and for surviving a filmed high-speed crash in 2006then drove to Emilias in the town of Kimbolton to deliver a surprise invitation. When she spotted it, said her father, “her eyes went like saucers and she had a big smile. It was a ‘wow’ moment.” He added that he’d always taught his daughter that a Lamborghini was the best car in the world, and that, “when she grows up she should forget about a fancy house and instead buy a Lamborghini because every morning shed smile when she saw it and know that she could go fast if that were the mood she were in.” The stunned tween joined Hammond for a drive through the surrounding countryside, followed by a few speedy turns around a specially shutdown runway back at the airport. It was a real privilege to be asked to make a contribution to such an inspiring, positive, unique and uplifting occasion, Hammond said in a Rays of Sunshine press release. Emilia was charming and wonderful. There was every chance she could have been shy, but she chatted nonstop. It is truly inspiring how brave people are. Photo courtesy of Rays of Sunshine A growing handful of celebs seem to agree with Hammond, connecting with gravely ill young people through poignant meetings and songs. Over the summer, college football star Jacob Karam sang a duet with an 11-year-old leukemia patient at St. Judes Childrens Research Hospital, and a video of the two quickly went viral. Justin Bieber , Selena Gomez , Bette Midler and “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan have all granted wishes recently. And just last month, a Philadelphia teen, hospitalized with Hodgkins Lymphoma, was thrilled to be tweeted by Harry Styles after her friends and a handful of celebrities lobbied for the pop star to cheer her up. Not long after her special ride, Emilia underwent a medical assessment to see if she would be an appropriate recipient for a lung transplant, Julian added. “We will know, hopefully, later this week whether she is accepted.
Students ‘think pink’ to help in battle against breast cancer
Since then the organization has branched out to include elementary, middle and high schools from as far south as Delray Beach and north to North Palm Beach . Today the clubs are in 17 schools throughout the county, including seven elementary, four middle and two high schools in Wellington . Any school in Palm Beach County that is interested can form its own club, Rosenthol said. The clubs, which meet as often as they choose or just put on annual fundraisers, help raise money that is donated locally to organizations that work on breast cancer research and support groups. “For example at several elementary schools they have Think Pink days,” she said. “The students pay $1 to wear pink and jeans. Other schools fundraise during their annual carnivals or how they choose.” Think Pink Kids clubs also participate in events throughout the school year. In years past organizers would have an annual event for all grade levels but this year there will be three events geared toward individual age groups. “It was just so hard to find events that would be appealing to students in kindergarten to high school,” Rosenthol said. High school students will participate in a fundraising kick ball tournament in December. Then in February middle and high school students will compete in a dodge ball tournament. The last event in May is just for elementary students who will dance the night away with their own Think Pink dance.
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IT’S TIME: Who should Giants fire? The league’s initial release on the initiative, which continues through Week 7, didn’t specify whether pink flags would stay for the duration. But the flags caused enough confusion on TV broadcasts, when coupled with players’ pink equipment, it made sense to go back to yellow. SOE: NFL’s pink-shaded marketing Other elements of the breast cancer awareness initiative including pink equipment, coins, sideline hats and goal-post padding will remain through Week 7, Signora said. Pink flags made their debut last October for one game a Dolphins-Jets matchup at SunLife Stadium after 11-year-old Dante Cano of Marlboro, N.J., suggested them in a letter to Commissioner Roger Goodell. Follow Tom Pelissero on Twitter @TomPelissero PHOTOS: BEST OF NFL WEEK 5 New York Jets place kicker Nick Folk (2) celebrates the game winning field goal kick in the second half against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. The Jets won 30-28. Daniel Shirey, USA TODAY Sports New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady prepares to take a snap in the rain against the Cincinnati Bengals. Marc Lebryk, USA TODAY Sports New England Patriots running back Brandon Bolden (38) tries to get away from Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins (97) during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 13-6. Marc Lebryk, USA TODAY Sports New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) tackles Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) after a catch in the first half at the Georgia Dome. Daniel Shirey, USA TODAY Sports Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) points at Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Bruce Carter (54) during the second quarter of the game at AT&T Stadium. Tim Heitman, USA TODAY Sports Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker (87) catches a pass while defended by Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) during the first quarter of the game at AT&T Stadium. Tim Heitman, USA TODAY Sports Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict kneels in the end zone before the game against the New England Patriots. Marc Lebryk, USA TODAY Sports New York Giants running back David Wilson does a back flip after scoring a first-quarter touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles. Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Sports Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy hurdles New York Giants defensive back Trumaine McBride in the first half. Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Sports Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb makes a one-handed catch as Detroit Lions cornerback Chris Houston defends. Benny Sieu, USA TODAY Sports Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Donnie Avery catches a pass in front of Tennessee Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner during the first half. Jim Brown, USA TODAY Sports New Orleans Saints defensive back Rafael Bush looks on as Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is unable to catch a pass while defended by strong safety Kenny Vaccaro. Matt Marton, USA TODAY Sports San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore (21) rushes for a touchdown against the Houston Texans during the first quarter at Candlestick Park. Ed Szczepanski, USA TODAY Sports New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) runs the ball in the first half against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. Daniel Shirey, USA TODAY Sports Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas (80) scores off a shovel pass in the first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Matthew Emmons, USA TODAY Sports Denver Broncos receiver Eric Decker (87) celebrates a second quarter touchdown with tackle Orlando Frankiln (74). Matthew Emmons, USA TODAY Sports Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) watches his pass while being tackled by Arizona Cardinals linebacker Matt Shaughnessy (91) during the second half at University of Phoenix Stadium. Matt Kartozian, USA TODAY Sports Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams (34) evades a tackle during the first half against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Casey Sapio, USA TODAY Sports Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice (27) runs past Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Koa Misi (55) during the second half at Sun Life Stadium. Steve Mitchell, USA TODAY Sports Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Geno Atkins sacks New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the first quarter. Mark Zerof, USA TODAY Sports New England Patriots running back Brandon Bolden gets pushed out of bounds by Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Terence Newman during the first half. Marc Lebryk, USA TODAY Sports Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard gets tackled by New England Patriots defenders in the first half. Marc Lebryk, USA TODAY Sports Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick throws a pass against the New York Giants. Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Sports Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz catches a pass as New York Giants outside linebacker Spencer Paysinger looks on. Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Sports New York Giants running back David Wilson dives for pass during the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles. Jim O’Connor, USA TODAY Sports New York Giants wide receiver Rueben Randle is tackled in the first quarter. Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Sports Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte is tackled by New Orleans Saints defenders during the second quarter. Rob Grabowski, USA TODAY Sports Chicago Bears defensive tackle Nate Collins sacks New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees during the first quarter. Matt Marton, USA TODAY Sports Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler recovers a fumble against New Orleans during the first quarter. Rob Grabowski, USA TODAY Sports New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees throws a pass to running back Pierre Thomas against the Chicago Bears during the first quarter. Rob Grabowski, USA TODAY Sports New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas is defended by Chicago Bears middle linebacker D.J. Wi.lliams during the first quarter Rob Grabowski, USA TODAY Sports St. Louis Rams tight end Lance Kendricks dives for a touchdown as Jacksonville Jaguars middle linebacker Paul Posluszny defends. Jeff Curry, USA TODAY Sports Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew is tackled St. Louis Rams defenders during the first half. Jeff Curry, USA TODAY Sports St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford is tackled by Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks during the first half. Jeff Curry, USA TODAY Sports St. Louis Rams free safety Matt Giordano returns an interception for a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Scott Kane, USA TODAY Sports Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones cannot make the catch as Detroit Lions cornerback Chris Houston looks on during the second quarter. Jeff Hanisch, USA TODAY Sports Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell runs with the ball against the Green Bay Packers during the first quarter. Jeff Hanisch, USA TODAY Sports Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers runs with the ball in front of Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh during the first quarter. Jeff Hanisch, USA TODAY Sports Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck passes the ball during the first half against the Seattle Seahawks. Pat Lovell, USA TODAY Sports Indianapolis Colts running back Donald Brown gets by Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas in the first half. Thomas J.