An Evening in Pink with the Pink Hearts Fund

logo For those who have cancer, there is a place to turn where the vision and love of one woman and her friends has made the scary journey a little more bearable. JoAn Niceley, owner of JoAn’s Hair Studio in Long Beach, has been a cancer survivor for years. It is her self-proclaimed mission in life to make those going through cancer find their inner beauty and strength by providing them with something we all too often take for granted; hair. In case after case, JoAn finds that a simple wig can make a huge difference to an adult or child who is battling the greatest fight of their life.
The Pink Hearts Fund will present “An Evening in Pink” on February 23, 2013 at the Biloxi Community Center on Howard Avenue. The FUNdraiser will have a live and silent auction, a beautiful fashion show, wine, food tastings, music and dancing. Food will be provided by Chef Rob Stinson and Salute’ Italian Restaurant so you know the food is going to be absolutely amazing.
The wine that will be flowing is sponsored by E&J Gallo Wines. A leader in fine wines, E&J Gallo is always a crowd pleaser. As for the lively music, Johnny Hosey will perform as will Rochelle Harper with Sista Jazz.
Dress for the occasion is cocktail attire and the “pinker” the better. Men are asked to wear a pink tie.
Tickets for the event are only $50 per person. Reserved tables are available by calling 228-222-4245 or 228-575-8299. It costs over $100,000 per year to run Pink Hearts Fund and right now, they are in desperate need. The goal for this event is $50,000. Please make a cancer patients life a little easier by giving them a smile through your generosity.
If you have ever seen a child’s face when they see themselves in the mirror after receiving one of these amazingly life-like wigs, it will melt your heart. To know that they can feel part of the gang again; that people won’t look at them funny on the playground because their bald; to see them touch their wig and watch a spark of happiness and dignity return to their faces is the greatest gift you could imagine.
Even if you can’t afford the ticket price, you can still donate in other ways. You can volunteer, donate your own hair or just send the fund a dollar or two. Pink Hearts Fund is here to stay on the coast no matter how they have to do it. One other sponsor that has really gone above and beyond for the cause is Everything Kayak. If you attend the event on the 23rd, look for the pink kayak. You will be amazed!
JoAn started Pink Hearts Fund in 2006 and has continually worked to insure that the fund provides help to anyone who is uninsured or underinsured. Not only does the fund provide wigs of human hair or synthetic hair but it also gives breast prosthetics to women in need after their own battle with cancer.
Pink Hearts gives Lymphadema sleeves to people who have had their lymph nodes removed and have developed Lymphadema. The problem arises after lymph or breast surgery and can be quite painful. Lymphadema is a lymphatic obstruction where the fluids drain down in the arm and cannot circulate back up toward the shoulder. The sleeves help the conditions pain by the use of compression.
There is a desperate need right now at the Pink Hearts Fund. “We need ponytails that are 12 inches and longer so we can provide human hair wigs for precious children who are fighting to stay alive. We even take dreadlocks! It is important that people know that we also make wigs for African-Americans but we can’t provide this service if we can’t get the hair needed to make the wigs,” JoAn said.
It’s easy to donate your ponytail. Just call the Pink Hearts Fund and talk to JoAn or one of the volunteers.

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