Pink Ribbon Festival Energizes Port Canaveral, Thousands Support Breast Cancer Awareness

By  //  October 4, 2015

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Space Coast Daily and the Cove Merchant Association at Port Canaveral teamed up to present and produce the 2015 Pink Ribbon Festival. (SpaceCoastDaily.com image)

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BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA — Port Canaveral was a sea of pink on Saturday as people from all walks of life joined together to fight cancer during the 2015 Pink Ribbon Walk and 5K.

Dr. Jim Palermo, Editor-In-Chief and the third key member of Maverick Multimedia Inc

Dr. Jim Palermo

“Space Coast Daily recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month by producing the 2015 Pink Ribbon Walk at Port Canaveral – and also adding a touch of pink to SpaceCoastDaily.com,” said Space Coast Daily Editor-In-Chief Dr. Jim Palermo.

“While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. We have made a lot of progress but still have a long way to go and need your help during the Pink Ribbon Walk to bring a wider awareness.”

In addition to the Pink Ribbon Walk, the popular festival for charity for 2015 included an Active Living Health Fair, Food and Marketplace; Butterfly Release; Beer and Wine Garden; Live Bands; Space Coast Art Festival “Hands On Crafts” Interactive Exhibit; Kids Fun Zone; Ninja Style Challenge Course for all ages, Fireball Run Cars Display; Bed & Bathtub Races; and Shrimp Peeling Contest.

The day’s activities concluded as The Cove restaurants continue the party with special offers.

“This was a unique, family-oriented event benefiting Space Coast Cancer Foundation, and thousands of people are expected to participate,” said Mike Schwarz, general manager and owner of Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill.

“Everyone enjoyed the day full of family fun, shopping the local vendors, enjoying food from a variety of food trucks, participating in the exciting Bed and Bathtub Race and trying thier skills at the Shrimp Peeling Contest – all while the kids were having fun in the Kids Zone.”

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Port Canaveral was a sea of pink on Saturday as people from all walks of life joined together to fight cancer during the 2015 Pink Ribbon Walk and 5K. The Friday Night Locker Room, including Anthony Nachreiner, left, and Steve Wilson were on hand to assist the Space Coast Daily team to register the thousands who turned out to support the fight against breast cancer. (Space Coast Daily image)

Denise Piercy

Denise Piercy

A new addition to this year’s event was the 5K run organized by the Running Zone, and the Pink Ribbon Challenge Course, an obstacle-style course allowing  cancer survivors an opportunity to compete.

“The Running Zone is proud to become a partner with the Port Canaveral Cove Merchants Association and Space Coast Daily to add a 5K run to the annual Pink Ribbon Walk,” said Denise Piercy of the Running Zone.

“The Pink Ribbon event is a wonderful benefit for our community.”

In addition to the Pink Ribbon Walk, the popular event for charity for 2015 will include a 5K Run; Active Living Health Fair, Food and Marketplace; Butterfly Release; Beer and Wine Garden; Live Bands; Space Coast Art Festival "Hands On Crafts" Interactive Exhibit; Kids Fun Zone; Fireball Run Cars Display; Bed & Bathtub Races; and Shrimp Peeling Contest. The day's activities will conclude as the Cove restaurants continue the party with special offers.

Since it’s inception in 1997, Port Canaveral’s Cove Merchants Association (CMA) has been promoting, organizing and producing community events at Port Canaveral to benefit Brevard County. “Our Cove Merchants Association organizes this event every year as we all feel that the Space Coast Cancer Center Foundation does such amazing work for people fighting this terrible disease,” said Mike Schwartz, general manager and owner of Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill.

Since it’s inception in 1997, the Port Canaveral’s Cove Merchants Association (CMA) has been promoting, organizing and producing community events at Port Canaveral to benefit Brevard County.

“Our Cove Merchants Association organizes this event every year as we all feel that the Space Coast Cancer Center Foundation does such amazing work for people fighting this terrible disease,” said Schwarz.

The Pink Ribbon Walk, in conjunction with the Port Fest held last fall, raised thousands of dollars on behalf of Space Coast Cancer Foundation, a charitable organization that assists local cancer patients and their caregivers with financial and emotional demands that are associated with the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Those funds were recently presented by the Port Canaveral Association board members and business leaders to Space Coast Cancer Foundation Chairman Richard Levine, MD, right, and President Tina Norman.

Port Canaveral will be a sea of pink on Saturday, Oct. 3 as people from all walks of life join together to raise funds for the Space Coast Cancer Foundation during the 2015 Pink Ribbon Walk. Pictured above are Space Coast Cancer Foundation Chairman Richard Levine, MD, right, and President Tina Norman. (Image for SpaceCoastDaily.com)

Also new this year is the fun and educational Port Canaveral Pink Ribbon Active Living Health Fair in which health-related businesses will exhibit their goods and services.

Mac McLouth

Mac McLouth

“Our port is the people’s port, and the incredible turnout that our community always produces for this festival is an indication of how much they love Port Canaveral,” said Mac McLouth, Cove Merchant’s Association board member and former Port Canaveral Commissioner.

“We are very excited for the future of Port Canaveral and for our association to continue to sponsor and produce the events that benefit the community like our Pink Ribbon Walk and Run.”

The health fair was presented by Space Coast Medicine and Active Living Magazine and Space Coast Daily.

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“The Cove Merchant’s Association Pink Ribbon Festival was fun for the whole family, and it’s amazing to see the display of love and passion our community has in support of the Space Coast Cancer Center Foundation,” said Rhoda Solano Brennan, CMA board member and owner of Milliken’s Reef Restaurant.

 

Vonda Welborn, founder of Pink Ribbon Fest, enjoys the festivities at Port Canaveral. (Space Coast Daily image)

Vonda Welborn, founder of Pink Ribbon Fest, enjoys the festivities at Port Canaveral. (Space Coast Daily image)

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Pink Ribbon Fest sponsors from Subway enjoyed the event:  Jackie Turco, LuAnn Clark, Leah Wolfe and Paul Turco, sponsored the festival and supplied delicious Subway sandwiches for the guests and volunteers at Port Canaveral on Saturday. (Space Coast Daily image)

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Leah Wolfe, LuAnn Clark and Jackie Turco from Subway, fed the hungry army of walkers and runners during the Pink Ribbon Festival at Port Canaveral on Saturday. (Space Coast Daily image)

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Jacqueline Eaton, Carlos Leal and Brienna Henwood from Cocoa Beach Health and Fitness support the Pink Ribbon Festival at Port Canaveral on Saturday. (Space Coast Daily image)

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Michael Malone, left, and Dr. Ashish Udeshi take a break from assisting in organizing the morning walk and Exploration Tower 5K at the Pink Ribbon Festival at Port Canaveral on Saturday. (Space Coast Daily image)

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Barb Schrader and “Salty” from Cape Canaveral Lisa Bailey, Danielle Davis and Marilyn Rigerman of Space Coast Art Festival enjoy the Pink Ribbon Festival at Port Canaveral on Saturday. (Space Coast Daily image)

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Lisa Bailey, Danielle Davis and Marilyn Rigerman of Space Coast Art Festival enjoy the Pink Ribbon Festival at Port Canaveral on Saturday. (Space Coast Daily image)

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Cheryl King Cyndall and Joanne King during the Pink Ribbon Festival at Port Canaveral on Saturday. (Space Coast Daily image)

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Jim Meffen of Florida Prep enjoys the Pink Ribbon Festival at Port Canaveral on Saturday. (Space Coast Daily image)

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Fun is being had by all ages at the Pink Ribbon Festival at Port Canaveral. (Space Coast Daily image)

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Team Lidos during the Pink Ribbon Festival at Port Canaveral on Saturday. (Space Coast Daily image)

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Diane and Bill Holden from Titusville at the Pink Ribbon Festival at Port Canaveral on Saturday. (Space Coast Daily image)

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Teresa Trapnell and John Alexander with Kellie Frakes at the Pink Ribbon Festival at Port Canaveral on Saturday. (Space Coast Daily image)

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Team Fishlips at the Pink Ribbon Festival at Port Canaveral on Saturday. (Space Coast Daily image)

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Port Canaveral is a sea of pink today as people from all walks of life joined together to fight cancer during the 2015 Pink Ribbon Walk and 5K. (Space Coast Daily image)

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Port Canaveral is a sea of pink today as people from all walks of life joined together to fight cancer during the 2015 Pink Ribbon Walk and 5K. Drs. Kanti Bhalani, left, and Ashish Udeshi of the Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation were on hand to assist the Space Coast Daily team to register the thousands who turned out to support the fight against breast cancer. (Space Coast Daily image)


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