Friday, May 13, 2011

Pink Party set for Saturday, May 14 at the Shreveport Convention Center

PinkParty2010 by Karen E. Wissing
PinkParty2010, a photo courtesy of Bucky Crouch on Flickr.

It's time to get pink. The 18th Annual Pink Party will take place at the Shreveport Convention Center on Saturday, May 14, from 8 p.m. – midnight. Shuttle service will be provided from 11:30 p.m. – 2:30 a.m. to allow for attendees to have transportation to the official after party at Central Station, which begins at midnight.

Hosted by Pink Party, Inc., the Pink Party began in 1994. Today, the event is one of the area’s largest fundraising events for local nonprofit charities, specifically Easter Seals, the Philadelphia Center and PACE. This year, the organization has the highest record revenue to date in sponsorships, said Co-President Bucky Crouch. Sponsor revenue goes to support the Philadelphia Center and PACE, and patrons are recommended to pay a $10 donation to Easter Seals upon arrival.

“We’re excited to be at the Convention Center for the first time this year, because that allows for a capacity of 8,800 people,” said Crouch. “We’re also excited about having the adjoining Hilton hotel take part; this offers new amenities for our patrons. The shuttle service encourages patrons to park at the Hilton, get a hotel room [which there is a special rate for] and not drink and drive. There’s a lot to be excited for this year.”

To kick off the festivities, a “Dine with Pink” party was held at Bella Fresca Thursday evening. Today, from 7 p.m. – midnight, all are invited to attend the Pre-Pink Party complete with a live auction which will include over-size pink pumps signed by celebrities. The Pink Party will be Saturday, and a brunch at Bistro Byronz will follow on Sunday morning.

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