Thousands of people pack Market Street in Leechburg for the 10th annual Pink Day
Pink Day broke out in Leechburg, with organizers of the 10th annual celebration hoping to raise nearly $ 30,000 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Crowds swarmed the Market Street shopping corridor to peruse dozens of food and craft stalls, listen to two bands live, and sport their brightest pink ribbons in support.
“It’s fantastic to see our city come to life and support such a great cause,” said Candi Stewart, a nine-year volunteer.
She expected up to 5,000 people to show up throughout the day, saying “he stays busy all the time, until we pack our bags.”
Organizer Sherry Price said the event raised nearly $ 130,000 in total in the first nine years.
This includes about $ 27,000 last year despite not having the meeting in person. T-shirt sales and small fundraisers during the covid-19 pandemic brought in around $ 9,000 and an anonymous donor tripled it to $ 27,000.
Shortly after founding Pink Day, Price said she “took up volunteering and it became a passion.”
This year, the event took on special significance after Price was diagnosed with breast cancer. After successful treatment, Price said she was cancer free and grateful to be a part of the celebration.
Started as a local effort, Pink Day has grown into one of the city’s flagship events.
Two stages are set up with live music. Over 85 vendors fill the blocks with crushed ice, food trucks, hand-poured soy candles, raffles, and a dunk tank, among others.
Performances included Leechburg-area High School Marching Band & Cheerleaders, Sandra Lynn’s School of Dance, Big House Pete Acoustic, Gary Prisby, Jay Michaels, Risen to Save, Miss Freddye & Her Blues Band, Lenny Collini 4Pak, Edgewood, Jess Sides Band and Belly Dance by Malissa.
Taedem Banichar, a high school student in the Leechburg area, held a booth with candles and paintings made by the students. It was a good way to educate young talent and also a suitable way to give back to the community, she said.
“I’ve never done this before and it’s been a lot of fun meeting people,” said Jasa Oliver, a junior at Leechburg. “It feels good to be here to help. “