The Pink Rose Ball, now in its third year, was an incredible display of pageantry, festivity and, most importantly, compassion. The Ball, organized annually by the Pink Rose Ball Committee, raises funds for the Abaco Cancer Society.
According to Pink Rose Committee Member, Ruth Saunders, “The third Pink Rose Ball was a smashing success. There are so many persons that help in making this a very special occasion.
“This year we had a treat with having VISAGE band perform out of Nassau and David Wallace from Freeport. David stepping up to the plate as Patrice Johnson took ill and our prayers are with her.”
“The night went well with much laughter and tears with testimonies from Diane Bethel, Cookie Malone and Ann Coakley.”
Guests, decked out in all hues of pink, were photographed as they entered the event along the “Pink Carpet.” They were then treated to a sample of Bahamian Brewery Beverage Company’s Pink Sands Radler.
Upon entering the lavishly decorated venue, guests could browse the silent auction, socialize, or find their way to their seats. There was also a live auction later in the evening for a special quilt that raised $3,000.
There were door prizes and surprises – such as the “Abaco Dolls” section where several men from the audience were chosen to be dressed in pink wigs, jewelry and anything else their table could find to give them the edge. But of course, as always, it comes down to your “moves” on the dance floor. The winner was judged by the crowd’s reaction.
“Everyone said that we took it ten notches, unlike what our dear friend Jack [Albury] said on the second year when we ‘took it up three notches.’” Said Saunders.
During the proceedings, Abaco Pathfinder’s Jack Albury Pink Rose Award for Excellence Floating Trophy was unveiled as a lasting testament to Mr. Albury, who sadly passed away earlier this year after his battle with cancer.
“This is going to be hard to accomplish but we know that with the support of the community and various individual along with the committee we will make it better each year.
“It is a pleasure to be a part of something so phenomenal and seeing people pull together.”
The evening was concluded, well into the early morning, with dancing and performances from VISAGE Band.
The committee wanted to give a special thanks to Shannon Albury.
Committee members include: Melinda Pinder, Laura Albury, Theresa Albury, Brenda Sawyer, Wynsome Ferguson and Ruth Saunders.