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Pink Tie and Pearls Party carries powerful message

FLOWOOD, Miss. (WJTV)-- The Pink Tie and Pearls Party wrapped up in Flowood.
While it was a fun night, the party also had a powerful message.

Inside the Ivy the crowd listened to music, enjoyed food, and mingled,
but they also didn't forget what they're here for.

"The theme of the event is empowerment of women, " said Odessa Hawkins who is the survivor chair and education chair for Susan G. Koman in our area. "We want to empower our women to take charge of their breast health."

 Hawkins is a 14-year breast cancer survivor.

"I did my breast exams," said Hawkins. "My cancer was so small it had not even formed a lump large enough for my hands to detect. I'm a health care provider as well and I examine breasts myself and never felt it. I was approaching my yearly mammogram. I had my mammogram and their was a change."

She says if she had not been vigilant about getting her mammogram her cancer could've spread. Hawkins says the Pink Tie and Pearls Party fundraiser will help women get the screenings they need and most of the money will stay in Mississippi.

An Audi was also parked right in front of the venue.
Brand manager Jon Vandersteeg says they are teaming with the Riverwalk Casino for an event next month to help the American Cancer Society.

"Riverwalk this year is doing what they've done in the previous years. They cover one of the bridges in Mississippi in bras, and so we are a bra collection place and it's going to span from Mississippi to Louisiana on the 3rd of November. We are going to do a walk across, and for every bra they're donating money and for every signature on this car and another car we have, we'll donate money together," said Vandersteeg.

Survivors themselves signed the car, and I signed the car for my mother who is a two-time breast cancer survivor.  

So many people are impacted by breast cancer and fundraisers like these are helping to make a difference.

This was a Caring for Mississippi event. Our own Candace Coleman was the emcee.

 


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