Annual Pink Party raises $6,500

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The 2008 Pink Party and Charity Poker Tournament raised more than $6,000, which will help fund a team of local women and cancer survivors as they participate in a 60-mile walk for breast cancer.

Anne Hoffman of Shallotte, Kimmie Durham of Ocean Isle Beach and three of their friends will participate in a three-day, a 60-mile walk in Atlanta this October benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation, dedicated to finding a cure for breast cancer.

Teams must raise a minimum of $2,100 to participate in the walk, and all proceeds benefit research and awareness.

“We’re just ecstatic with the community support,” Durham said. “Without the support of the community, we could not have raised the $6,500 for the project, which is for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.”

Hoffman and Durham had their annual Pink Party Sunday, Sept. 14, at Cinelli’s Restaurant in Ocean Isle Beach. The day began with a 64-player poker tournament, which raised $3,200. The championship table kicked off the start of the party.

Mike Workman was named 2008 OIB Charity Poker Champion, a repeat of his 2005 victory. William Covert finished second. Victoria Parker finished third and was the top-placing woman player.

The 2008 “Breast of the Beach” Wing competition between four participating restaurants proved to be a success. Cinelli’s, Victoria’s, Salty McDoogles and Mama Brava’s all tested their wings, but Mama Brava’s won the most votes among partygoers.

A silent auction, raffle, a 50/50 drawing and donations helped Sand Dollars and Soles for a Cure raise more than $6,500 for their walk.

“Until there is a cure for cancer, we’re going to be doing this fundraiser and others so we can help in the fight to help eradicate cancer,” Durham said.

The three-day walk for Susan G. Komen for the Cure will take place Oct. 24-26 in Atlanta.

For more information, visit www.3day.org. To donate to Sand Dollars and Soles for a Cure, visit the Web site and type in the group’s name, “Sand Dollars and Soles for a Cure,” or look up “Kim Durham” or “Anne Hoffman.”

Kathryn Jacewicz is a staff writer at the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or at kjacewicz@brunswickbeacon.com