- Written by Susan Dumont-Bengston
“Drink Pink, Think Pink” and raise funds for cancer charities on Wednesday, January 15, at The Ridgefield Playhouse
It was four years ago when Kristen Jensen and her amazing portraits of beautiful women, who also happened to have breast cancer, joined forces with Sarah Bouissou from Bernard’s and Kerry Anne Ducey from HamletHub to create an event. For four consecutive years, the “Drink Pink, Think “Pink” event has been a heart-warming way to honor the many faces of courage and raise awareness and funds to fight cancer, a disease that touches everyone…survivors, friends, caregivers and men and women alike. “We don’t need to look far to know that we can provide sorely needed funds and support for cancer victims right in our community,” said Kerry Anne Ducey, President of HamletHub, who launched the “Drink Pink, Think Pink” initiative four years ago. “Too many of our friends and family members have been afflicted with this disease.”
This year, the event continues, but it has grown too big to host at Bernard’s so it is moving to The Ridgefield Playhouse on Wednesday, January 15, beginning at 6:30 p.m. with lobby festivities including wine & cheese by No. 109 Cheese & Wine, hors-d’oeuvre and pâtés from Bernard’s, All-Natural X-Rated Fusion Liqueur pink drinks courtesy of Campari America, make-up sessions by the pros at Adam Broderick Salon & Spa, a photo booth with wind fan courtesy of photographer Kristen Jensen, raffles and silent auction plus a dynamic guest speaker. Jude Callirgos, cancer survivor and author of Breast Left Unsaid , will tell it like it is at 7:30 p.m. 100% of the proceeds from “Drink Pink, Think Pink” will benefit Ann’s Place and Danbury Hospital’s Breast Care Program. This event is underwritten by Adam Broderick Salon & Spa, No. 109 Cheese & Wine, Bernard’s and Campari America and is part of Hamlet Hub’s A Whole New You and Moffly Media Entertaining Conversations Series.
A retired Human Resources executive, Jude Callirgos spent the earlier part of her career as a producer and performer and is still a member of The Screen Actors Guild (SAG). Since publishing Breast Left Unsaid, she has been a guest on healthcare focused radio and television programs, and served as the honorary chair for Race for the Cure. Despite having advanced stage cancer herself, Jude intends to continue writing and advocating for a cure for all cancers. She lives in Redding, CT with her husband and donates a percentage of the proceeds from her book and speaking engagements to cancer research organizations.
People are encouraged to buy tickets early as past “Drink Pink, Think Pink” events have sold out. For tickets @ $25 (100% of proceeds to breast cancer charities), call the box office at The Ridgefield Playhouse, (203) 438-5795, or order online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a not-for-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.