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Downtown Hinesville goes pink
Thursday events raise funds, awareness for breast cancer
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Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas reads from a proclamation declaring Thursday as an official celebration of breast cancer awareness during the Hinesville Downtown Farmer's Market.

Downtown Hinesville will be home to a pink invasion Thursday night when multiple community groups come together to raise awareness for breast cancer.

The Hinesville Downtown Farmer’s Market will host “Go Pink Night” in Bradwell Park with live music by Just Us and a visit from Carolyn the Pink Fire Truck, while down the street Poole’s Deli will be home to a pink pancake supper and judging of the second-annual “Art Your Bra” contest.

“So many people are touched by breast cancer, that it’s important to honor the strength of those who’ve persevered, celebrate the advances of technology, and remind people about detection and prevention,” Hinesville Downtown Development Authority programming assistant Katrina Sage said.

“This event is important because it brings awareness to downtown Hinesville and it will also help create a sense of unity among our citizens and those who are survivors,” she added. The market runs from 4-8 p.m.

Sage said the partnership with the farmer’s market is fitting because its vendors sell produce and agricultural items that are essential to healthy diets, a necessary step in preventing all forms of cancer.

The submission period for the “Art Your Bra” contest, coordinated by the Suzie Q’s, has been extended until Monday, according to group spokeswoman Deidre Howell.

The group is hoping to have 12 submissions in this year’s contest to create a 2012 calendar, with proceeds benefitting the Coastal Georgia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Howell said.

The cost for entering the juried art competition is $10, and submissions are to be turned in to the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce office on Highway 84. The contest rules call for submissions of clean, tastefully designed bras that are fully covered.

The bra creations will be displayed and judged during a $7 all-you-can-eat pancake dinner at Poole’s Deli Thursday from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The Suzie Q’s will also be stationed at the market with its final Books for Boobies used book sale, with $1 paperbacks and $2 hardbacks.

Event organizers are encouraging citizens to wear their favorite shades of pink for the event.

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