There were plenty of laughs at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday night.
Attorney Jarrett Ferentino drew a good deal of them with his story of nearly setting the Pittston Tomato mascot on fire.
Father James Paisley also had the crowd in good spirits with a dramatic reading of a portion of the night’s program.
But, more importantly, the night raised funds for and kicked off the annual Paint Pittston Pink celebration.
Now in its fifth year, Paint Pittston Pink is the brainchild of Barbara Sciandra and Qiana Lehman.
According to a story by reporter Jimmy Fisher, Sciandra was diagnosed with breast cancer on Aug. 17, 2012, stage III in her left breast and stage II in her right. Sciandra was 34 years old and had HER2+, an extremely aggressive type of cancer with a high recurrence rate.
She underwent her first surgery in February 2013, and is now six years cancer free. Having fought the disease and seeing what it can do to a person, Sciandra knew she wanted to take up an initiative to help fund research for breast cancer.
Paint Pittston Pink runs through Oct. 6 with a host of activities. Included among those activities are a lantern launch, a designer purse bingo, celebrity bartender nights, a 5K, a family fun walk and many more. (For a full list activities, go to our sister paper’s website psdispatch.com.)
All the events promise a good time for the attendees and a chance to raise money for the Pennies in Action Fund at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia.
Pennies in action was founded by Olympic athlete, coach and double cancer survivor Uschi Keszler. It’s currently helping fund breast cancer vaccine research by Dr. Brian Czerniecki of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
So take a little time in the next few weeks and attend a Paint Pittston Pink event, and support a good cause.
Our personal favorite is the Gentlemen’s Dash. Ten of the area’s finest gentlemen will be racing down Pittston’s Main Street at noon on Oct. 6, all wearing high heels.
You can donate money toward your favorite racer with those getting the higher amount of donations being allowed to wear shoes with smaller heels. Of course, we would be thrilled if you donated to our favorite racer, Times Leader Major Accounts Executive Mike McGinley.
But no matter who you decide to support or what event you decide to attend, rest assured you money will go to a good cause.
A stark reminder of that came from Paisley at Saturday night’s event, according to a story by correspondent Geri Gibbons.
“I recently got a call about someone who has fourth-stage cancer,” he said. “More events like these will mean less of those calls.”