Pink Splash for the Cure

The Pink Splash for the Cure will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Fountain Park in downtown Franklin.

This annual celebration is designed to raise public awareness of the disease as well as money for research and treatment.

“Come watch as we turn Egbert Fountain into a splash of pink on Oct. 2 as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” said Cheryl Carson, a Franklin resident and a coordinator for the annual observance. “This will mark our 11th annual Pink Splash for the Cure in Venango County.”

Fountain Park in downtown Franklin got its first technicolor blush in 2008 Shelly Hartle of Franklin and Joyce Engstrom of Sandy Lake joined together to schedule what they dubbed a Pink Splash for the Cure as a fund-raising and awareness event for breast cancer.

“It is open to all as we celebrate breast cancer survivors, remember those who were victims and encourage everyone to support efforts for a cure,” said Carson.

Pink ribbons in memory of or in honor of individuals will be sold in the park that day. Ribbons will also be displayed in downtown Franklin business windows.

T-shirts and sweatshirts with the Pink Splash logo are on sale at the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce at 1255 Liberty St. They will also be available in Fountain Park on Oct. 2.

All proceeds will benefit the Kirtland Cancer Foundation in Franklin. The foundation offers charitable assistance to cancer patients and their families in the Venango County area regardless of where treatments are received.

In continuing Beith’s suggestion to include restaurants, organizers for the Pink Splash for the Cure have signed up six local restaurants for the Dine for the Cure phase. Part of the proceeds from dining at specific restaurants on certain days in October will go to the Kirtland Foundation.

The participanting restaurants are Amazing Foods, Bella Cucina, Benjamin’s, Dawndi’s, Linda Lou’s and Liberty Street Ale House.