On October 26, the Inaugural Pink Rose Ball was held at abaco beach Resort. The event, a breast cancer prevention fundraiser, featured music, dinner, dancing, fashion shows, a silent auction and emotional stories and testimonials from breast cancer survivors.
Patrons were encouraged to come dressed either in pink or having a “touch of pink.” The response was a crowd of sharply dressed men and women sporting that international colour for breast cancer awareness.
The beginning of the evening was a cocktail reception. Guests were greeted at the marquee tent at Abaco Beach Resort by a Pink Carpet where couples or parties had their photos taken by local professional, Zyandric Jones.
After a glamorous introduction on the Pink Carpet, guests could purchase drinks and peruse the silent auction items. During this time everyone was entertained by piano and saxophone performances by Garnell Stuart and Rashad Reckley respectively.
For dinner, the guests were ushered in to the main dining area. Parties were called and introduced as the came through to take their seats. The National Anthem was sung by Anderson Alcine and everyone was greeted by Theresa Albury.
The event was conducted by the ever-energetic Shelly Austin.
Remarks were brought by the Patient Coordinator for the Abaco Cancer Society, Veronica Saunders. She asked the question to the audience if they were related to or knew someone personally who has been affected by cancer. Hands were raised across the room.
A video presentation was also made featuring stories from local breast cancer survivors. The importance of the community, early detection and the work of the Cancer Society were common themes for all presenters.
As dinner was cleared the real fun began. A fashion show, sponsored by Island Girl Boutique, entertained the audience. Young girls as well as local models strutted the runway in different fashions. After a few turns on the catwalk they all took a bow. However, Master of Ceremonies Shelly Austin had a surprise.
Searching through the audience Ms. Austin pulled several unsuspecting men up to the stage. They were all good sports. The DJ laid down some tracks as the gentlemen “modeled” whatever they had on. Everyone in attendance cheered and laughed at the good-natured stunt.
Following the announcement of several winners from door prizes and auctions, New Entry Band took the stage to perform. The evening ended with dancing.
The committee responsible for the Pink Rose Ball was made up of: Melinda Pinder, Laura Albury, Brenda Sawyer, Theresa Albury, Ruth Saunders and Wynsome Ferguson.