The third annual Pinknic is now in the books. A beautiful evening made it a great night for people of all ages to get out and show support for the community. The Greenridge Realty office in Lowell plans, organizes and hosts the event. “Pinknic was originally started to provide evening T-shirts sales. Over the last three years it has evolved into an event for all ages to enjoy great music, games and share a meal with friends and family.” explains Rick Seese, Greenridge Manager/Broker.
The four hour long Pinknic had a festive feel. People in the community mingle, have fun, and support a local cause. You could make a donation to enter a chance to win at a guessing game. Various musicians entertained throughout the evening. PJ Weber, who has performed for four US presidents, wowed guests with his magic. Balloon creations, a photo booth, and a variety of games rounded out the entertainment.
Other local businesses helped sponsor the event. A new Farm to “Pinknic” Table addition to the menu this year was well received. Heidi’s Farm Stand, Heffron Farms, and H&W Farms donated locally grown produce, fruit and chicken. Chef Kim Chase from the Grand Volute took these ingredients and created a fruit salad with a yogurt berry dressing, a pasta veggie salad, and a roasted veggie salad. Veggie and chicken wraps were also served.
The evening included a matching challenge where Greenridge Realty would match any donation collected up to $1,000. Nearing the 7 o’clock hour the goal was almost reached. A decision was then made to match any dollar amount even if it was in excess of the original goal! In the end $1,503 was raised and the same amount was contributed by Greenridge. In total, food sales, matching dollars, t-shirt sales and sponsorships exceeded $10,000 for Pink Arrow, about a $4,000 increase from the 2015 Pinknic. Greenridge presented contributions to one of Pink Arrow’s founding members, Teresa Beachum.
Thanks to all of those members of the community who ate, donated, and just had fun, this year’s Pinknic was a huge success. When asked why Pinknic was created Rick simply states, “Because we care about Lowell. This is how our community comes together to support those on a cancer journey. It’s great to offer this evening shopping opportunity for busy families to buy Pink Arrow T-shirts, but more importantly it’s about bringing people together. That’s where hope and healing happens. We are pleased to see another year of increased sales to support Pink Arrow.” Greenridge cares about the community and furthering the Pink Arrow mission. All of those involved in planning, setting up, volunteering, or contributing in any way to Pinknic makes Lowell an even better place to call home.
**Photos used with permission from Greenridge Realty and Pinknic