Men in Pink bowties raise breast cancer awareness
Big Flats, NY (WENY) -- Pink Bowties were the main attraction at the National Soaring Museum in Big Flats Friday evening. But particularly for a group of a dozen and a half local businessmen. For the men wearing them, they represent a commitment, a promise to help in the fight against breast cancer.
The 7th annual Pink Tie Affair is the Upstate Chapter of the Susan G. Komen Organizations largest fundraiser. Susan G. Komen is the worlds largest private breast cancer organization. They've funded more breast cancer research than any other non-profit while providing real time help to those facing the disease.
This year's class is one of the bigger ones with 18. Typically a class averages 15. The inaugural class all the way back in 2013 had about 15.
One such class member spoke about what it meant to him that he is now part of a distinguished class. He noted that it's great but the true heroes are the people battling breast cancer. The Vice President of Swift glass noted that some of his employees have battled the disease and is proud that he was able to support them physically and financially. He notes that they're going through a battle of their life but being able to help just a little means the world.
There was also a silent auction with all the money going to breast cancer research. There were dozens of thing that were auctioned off including glassware, paintings and even a case filled with cigars and what appeared to be cognac.
“We usually have around 200 people. Maybe 225 people and we raise over $50,000. So you can see the commitment of the area of the community is really phenomenal.” said Maria Winston, one of the committee members for the event.
The Pink Tie Affair also marks the official kickoff of their breast cancer awareness month activities.