Monticello ‘Pink Out’ raises $2,400 to fight cancer

Staff report

     For the sixth year, the Monticello Express and Shoppers’ Guide held its annual Pink Out event on Oct. 11 to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October). This year, over $2,400 was raised.

     In an effort to raise money for the cause, the Express encouraged every business, organization, school, and individual to wear pink on Oct. 11. Those who contacted the Express and signed up for a photo are featured inside this week’s issue on pages A14-15 in our Pink Out spread. Those featured were asked to make a minimum donation of $25.

     Last year, the Express raised over $3,700, with 100 percent of the proceeds going toward the purchase of a 3-D mammography machine at UnityPoint Health–Jones Regional Medical Center in Anamosa. In June, JRMC unveiled its new mammography technology, as well as its list of donors. Today, that machine is in use; and the Express’ Pink Out event was named as a contributor.

     This year, the Express chose to donate its proceeds yet again to JRMC to assist in their endeavors to fight cancer. Many people come to JRMC to seek cancer treatment services.

     Over the past six years, we’ve been able to raise over $12,000 to help those battling cancer. Thanks to so many generous businesses and organizations in the Monticello community and throughout Jones County, our Pink Out event remains a success.

     Last year’s top donor, Polo Custom Products in Monticello, took the top spot again this year, raising over $1,000 internally to donate toward the cause. We had many returning businesses this year, as well as a couple of new ones join us in the fight against cancer.

     Thanks to all those who took part this year in helping to make a difference.


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