With everybody attuned to the color pink’s significance in October, here are a couple of local shows promotions in the fight against breast cancer.

Awareness gala at St. Mark’s

Simply Pearls has an elegant evening Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mark’s Church.

Come sip a glass of wine while viewing precious pearl jewelry and accessories. A portion of the proceeds will go directly to the Marco Island unit of the American Cancer Society, specifically for breast cancer support and research.

Marco Island resident Susan Schiller started Simply Pearls after receiving many compliments on a simple black pearl necklace she wore while working at a retail store. Conversations with customers about the beauty of pearls inspired her to sell her own line of pearl jewelry.

Through Simply Pearls, Susan has met several breast cancer survivors. One, Maureen Chodaba, will recount her story of courage and hope at the gala.

To RSVP, call 537-9224.

Physicians Regional maintains its involvement

Also to mark the month, Physicians Regional Healthcare System hosts an annual pink party on Thursday, October 22 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 9:00 PM. Venue is Naples Luxury Imports, 900 Tamiami Trail North. The party is free to the public and promises to deliver a healthy blend of essential wellness information, engaging activities, and much more.

Extra attractions include prizes, giveaways, food and beverage — all presented with the goal of “pampering Southwest Florida’s extraordinary community of women in a fun, sophisticated atmosphere,” according to a release. Proceeds will be donated to Cancer Alliance of Naples (CAN).

To RSVP, call 348-4180 for availability. Deadline is Oct. 15.

Volleyball for the cause

Lely volleyball, with strong Marco representation, hosted a “Think Pink” volleyball match on Oct. 6 against Gulfcoast. They also honored former Lely teacher, Beth Johnson who lost her battle with cancer during volleyball season last year. Her daughter Alyssa played through the season while her mom was battling cancer.

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