BY DONNA LAW — Colorful hats, dramatic fascinators and tasty treats, plus a short but meaningful program led to the 2022 Pink Tea party success on June 25 in the SUU Ballroom. The event raised more than $14,000 for Camp Kesem, a free, one-night, week-long summer camp for children ages 6 to 18 affected by a parent’s cancer.
“This is our best year yet,” said Cameron Stokes with SUU’s Kesem Chapter. “These funds will send them all – 76 children to Camp Kesem in August, at no cost to their families. Thanks for making this possible.
Master of Pink Tea Ceremonies Matt Nickerson led a rousing live auction that included tickets to the Utah Shakespeare Festival, a colorful quilt donated by Penny Brown, helicopter rides from SUU Aviation and a two-hour cooking class with Chef Drew of Southwest Tech Culinary Outstanding. program. Liz Harris performed a vocal number and Brittany Fails danced to the crowd of over 120.
A highlight of the program was when 11-year-old Houston Brown, who introduced her camper name as Fuzzy Wuzzy, spoke about her experiences at Camp Kesem meeting friends who are also dealing with the struggles of a member. family with cancer. “Three things I feel when I arrive at Camp Kesem; home, joy and hunger! The best thing is when you get to do your empowerment. It’s really heartfelt,” he concluded adding: “Thank you for supporting Camp Kesem, it means a lot to the campers.
“We are grateful to everyone who supported this year’s Pink Tea,” said Power in Pink Board Member Deena Marchal. “This fun and successful event could not have happened without those who donated time and money, purchased tables and tickets and attended in their lovely hats, and the many community members who provided auction items. And a heartfelt thank you to our sponsors.
Presented by Power in Pink-Iron County, 2022 Pink Tea sponsors include Cedar City Rotary Club, Southern Utah University Alumni and Community Relations, Smith’s, Artisans and Lovene and Donn Jersey. The 2023 rose tea is scheduled for May 13. The annual Power in Pink 5K and Walk to benefit Iron County women undergoing cancer treatment will take place October 22 in Canyon Park.
Power in Pink-Iron County is a local non-profit organization dedicated to meeting the needs of women and their families in Iron County dealing with breast cancer. For more information, visit powerinpink-ironcounty.com, email [email protected] or follow the Power in Pink-Iron County Facebook and Instagram pages.