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Pink Night Palooza Dates

Mark your calendars for 2 events focused on helping local women battling breast cancer. This year 2 great events are coming together - Pink Palooza and Pink Night are joining forces to bring more support to our local ladies.

August 11th 5:00pm - Brick Street, Grand Blanc

October 8th 5:00pm - Holiday Inn Gateway

Pink Night Palooza


Financial Plus Credit Union’s Pink Night fundraiser has joined forces with the Hurley Foundation Pink Palooza fundraiser to introduce the first Annual PINK NIGHT PALOOZA being held on Thursday, October 6, 2016.

The inspiration behind the original Pink Night fundraiser began in 2007 by a few caring employees of Financial Plus who had a passion for raising awareness and monetary funds for those affected by breast cancer. Since 2007, Pink Night has flourished into a largely anticipated community event, where many local businesses, advocates, sponsors, and residents rally to celebrate the lives of breast cancer survivors, acknowledge those who were taken from us, and to raise funds for American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. In 2015, Financial Plus raised a net of $69,000 for ACS (gross of $77,000).

“We are humbled at the continued success of Pink Night and are equally enthused about the future of the event. In partnering with the reputable Hurley Foundation, we anticipate there will be an enhanced ability to raise additional funds to assist more cancer patients who reside in our community. The Hurley Foundation and Financial Plus Credit Union are pleased to retain our partnerships with ACS and will continue to donate 10% of the net funds raised from Pink Night Palooza to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” said Olga Long, Senior Vice President of Financial Plus Credit Union. “Additionally, the venue change from Blackstone’s in downtown Flint to the Holiday Inn Gateway Center will allow us to accommodate more guests and provide seating for all of them, not to mention increase our ability to raise additional funds for the worthwhile cause. Blackstone’s has been a remarkable venue sponsor for five years and we are grateful to have had their support. They have voiced their support for our decision to make the switch in venue as well as the decisions behind the significant changes.”

The main benefactor will shift from ACS to the Hurley Foundation Breast Health Navigation Fund. This program identifies gaps within their patient’s care and assists with financial hardships they may encounter including house payments, auto payments, purchasing a wig, groceries, and much more. The Breast Navigation program helps to directly relieve financial burdens so patients can concentrate on treatment, wellness, and getting back to work, if possible. The Hurley Foundation hosted their first annual Pink Palooza in 2015 at Brickstreet Bar & Grill and raised over $25,000 for the Breast Navigation Program.

“The most effective method to take this fundraiser to new heights and allow the funds used to assist our patients, our friends and our family right here in our backyard, is to combine events and resources. Together, we will have a shared vision and can both continue to rally the community to support our new Pink Night Palooza. Both Financial Plus and Hurley have very experienced teams at the helm of the fundraising activities and both have demonstrated they can lead successful events, for a good cause. We are highly confident we will retain the outpour of community support, and we anticipate that in 2016 we will host the biggest Pink Event yet”, said Richard Warmbold, President of the Hurley Foundation.

The key Pink Palooza Night event dates are as follows: Pre-Pink Party on August 11th, at Brick Street Bar and Grill, 1223 E Grand Blanc Rd, Pink Bake Sale on September 30th at all Financial Plus Credit Union Locations, and the Main Event Pink Night Palooza on October 6th at the Holiday Inn Gateway Center, 5353 Gateway Center.