EATONTOWN:Woodmere School was transformed into Pinktown’s Pinktown School on Sunday in conjunction with the Paint the Town Pink events which are community-wide efforts presented by Meridian Health to raise awareness of the importance of annual mammography.
The program began in 2007 in Red Bank, which was renamed Pink Bank, to encourage women to have their annual mammogram. In the past several years the program has expanded and today, Paint the Town Pink has expanded to a month-long event in 30 towns in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.
Sunday’s event at Woodmere School was called Pinktown Family Fun Day and consisted of a wide variety of activities such as face painting and other games for children. The highlight of the day was the talent show called “Pinktown’s Got Talent.” A number of children attending entertained those present with songs and dances. The show concluded when resident Karen Blaney sang a moving version of Proud To Be An American (aka God Bless The USA).
Music was provided by a DJ from WRAT 95.9 Representatives form several business were also on hand with some contributing prizes including R.J. Laurino Farms, Funtime America and Liberty Lines & Seal Coating. The SPCA also was in attendance promoting its pet adoption program. Several members of the Eatontown Fire Department were present along with Engine 1172 which was open and on display.
Event organizer Tria Deibert an Eatontown resident commented that, "This was Pinkontown’s first year of going pink to support Meridian Health’s annual Paint the Town Pink campaign."
"The success is due to the work of an incredible committee of Eatontown residents as well as the support of local businesses, town representatives, and local leaders," she said "Everyone really came together to create a great day for families and to remind women to get their annual mammogram. Next year will be even bigger and pinker.”