The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

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February 9, 2011

Pink Ribbon Ball will have party theme

The American Cancer Society is throwing a birthday party to raise funds for research.

“Light a Candle for Life,” the 16th annual Pink Ribbon Ball, will be held Feb. 26 at Pasquerilla Conference Center, 301 Napoleon St., downtown Johnstown.

The fundraiser will begin with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 6, followed by dinner at 7:15.

The theme is a birthday party, and guests will be able to buy a candle in memory of or in honor of a loved one to be placed on a large, nonedible birthday cake.

The black-tie optional event benefits the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer research, education and services.

Karen Hugya is event chairwoman, and Marla Walther is in charge of decorating, said Barbara Laslo, who is in charge of the silent and live auctions.

The highlight of the live auction will be a Pittsburgh Steelers package featuring four tickets and a shirt signed by Steelers’ All-Pro safety Troy Polamalu.

“We’ll also have a Pink Ribbon Steelers hat signed by a lot of the players,” Laslo said. “They wore them in October for Hot Pink on Black.”

There also will be a variety of jewelry, a year’s full-service subscription to Atlantic Broadband, and a basket for women featuring a watch with a pink face, a spa package and a gift certificate to Celestial Brides.

A men’s basket will focus on sports. It will contain a golf shirt, a golf outing and other items.

Silent auction articles will include Pittsburgh Penguins items, gift certificates to area restaurants and overnight stays at local hotels, YMCA memberships and hand-carved wooden animals.

“This is the third year in a row we’ve had the animals, and they’re a big hit,” Laslo said. “Our guests have embraced them.”

She added that everyone usually wants to take a chance on the Vera Bradley items.

At 8 p.m., the birthday party will be celebrated, and cake will be served for dessert.

Music for dancing will be provided by the Mutual Fun Band.

Honorary chairwoman for this year’s event is Cheryl Gross.

Tickets are $110 each. Sponsorships are available, starting at $1,500.

Fundraiser

What: 16th annual Pink Ribbon Ball.

Where: Pasquerilla Conference Center, 301 Napoleon St., downtown Johnstown.

When: 6 p.m. Feb. 26.

Tickets: $110 each.

Information: (888) 227-5445, option 3.

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