October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is a great time to remind yourself to get screened. There are events taking place throughout NJ to encourage mammograms, support and celebrate survivors and patients going through treatment and honor the memory of those we lost to breast cancer.
Pink Power Brunch Fundraiser
1776 by David Burke, Morristown
Our favorite NJ celebrity chef has curated a three-course brunch meal that will be served during a fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Included with brunch is a complimentary signature pink cocktail sponsored by AIX and Ketel One. The brunch also includes shopping and “pink” experiences, a DJ, a surprise giveaway basket and a special guest speaker. Proceeds benefit the Rippel Breast Center at Morristown Medical Center.
Microfiber Towel Sale
Spark Car Wash, Sicklerville, Woodland Park, Woodbridge and Mt. Holly
Spark Car Wash will raise money to support the Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Foundation. You can purchase a limited edition pink microfiber towel for $5 anytime during the month, and proceeds will go toward providing access to critical breast health services for uninsured and underinsured women in New Jersey.
Vines of Life Walk
Laurita Winery, New Egypt
Walk around the vineyard property to raise money to cure cancer. You can decorate and personalize your T-shirt to say “I’m walking for …” There will be three wine and cheese stations along the path for those 21+; but this is open to all ages. After, there will be live music from Steve Berger. Note: This event was postponed from September 24.
Light the House Pink
1201 Hamilton St., Franklin
The breast cancer celebration includes a house lighting ceremony. Minister Joan Marshall will speak about wellness and self-care, while Dr. Coral Omene will talk about breast cancer prevention. Sister 2 Sister supports minority and underserved breast cancer survivors.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month Pop-Up Shop Event
24 Little Falls Rd., Fairfield
Support women, support the fight against breast cancer and support small businesses by shopping local. There will be music, raffles, vendors, and a swag bag for the first 10 people who enter.
Paulette’s C of Hope
CentraState Medical Center, Freehold
Join a 1-mile course, visit the Survivors Zone to celebrate those affected by cancer, and walk through the Memorial Garden. There will be food trucks, children’s activities, a butterfly release, lawn games, vendors, and raffles and auctions.
Breast Cancer Awareness Female Only Spar-A-Thon
Legacy Boxing Club, Wayne
Pretty Strong Project supports women and girls who want to box. They are partnering with Legacy Boxing Club for a morning of boxing training followed by sparring. All ages and levels are welcome. There will also be vendors on site.
Pink Dream PinkNic
Lewis Morris Park, Morristown
The pre-Pinktober fundraiser includes a pink-themed picnic in the park, plus guest speakers, a bra decorating kit, light refreshments and a raffle.
Little Falls Farmers Market
Main Street, Little Falls
There are dozens of vendors who will be selling fresh produce, but the special theme on October 1 is Breast Cancer Awareness Day, with a benefit concert by Cabaret 4 a Cure and the American Cancer Society.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month Blood Drive
Flemington Elks Lodge, Flemington
To make an appointment, visit www.nybc.org/blood or text 732-616-8736. Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins are welcome.
October Fundraiser Supporting The Breasties
Beach Haus Brewery, Belmar
Raise money for The Breasties, whose mission is to support and improve the experiences of the cancer community through peer-to-peer connection, resources and advocacy. This party at the Jersey Shore will include live music, food, drinks, dancing, entertainment, a silent auction, Breasties merch and more.
Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Walk
Dandelion Plaza, Vineland
Survivors Diane Dixon and Liza Rivera are the guest Champions of Hope. Nate Offer will provide dance fitness instruction. Hair braiding expert Andrea from Tropic Braids will style hair. Pizza Queen mobile food truck will be on site. Presented by Dixon’s Dance Academy.
Healing Stream Breast Cancer Walk & Run
Mercer County Park, West Picnic Area, West Windsor
Rain or shine, dress in your best pink outfits and join the walk around the park.
Breast Cancer Awareness Walk
Four Seasons, Manalapan
Make a donation to Play for P.I.N.K. and walk around the housing development for a good cause.
Breast Cancer Awareness Adult Skate
Millenium Skate World, Camden
Grab your adult friends for a fun night out skating around the rink.
Weight Loss & Wellness Event
Sphericality Fitness Studio, Flemington
Coach Dorian Madreperla will host a transformative weight loss and wellness event for women, “Unlock Your Happiest Mind & Body.” An optional pre-event program includes a pilates/yoga stretching group fitness class with intention setting, followed by light snacks and socializing. You can also join the workshop online via Zoom. Proceeds will benefit Evolve Pink, a non-profit dedicated to giving women affected by breast cancer the tools to transform the most catastrophic event in their lives into the catalyst for empowerment, self-love, and greatness.
Zumba Party in Pink
Studio 2, Robert Wood Johnson Fitness & Wellness Center, New Brunswick
Get moving during this fitness dance party. You are encouraged to wear pink. The class will be 90 minutes of Zumba dancing.
October 12 – November 20
Virtua’s Mobile Health and Cancer Screening Unit
Burlington and Camden Counties
A mobile van will be making its way through South Jersey to provide a faster, easier way for women to get screened. Services include 3D mammography, clinical breast exams, gynecologic exams, Pap tests to detect cervical cancer, colorectal screening options via a take-home stool kit or colonoscopy referrals, and PSA tests for men. Prescriptions are not needed in advance, and services are open to both the insured and unisured.
NJ POUND 4 Pink Vendor Event
Toms River Elks Lodge, Toms River
The fourth annual NJ POUND 4 PINK Vendor event raises money for Mary’s Place by the Sea, which is a respite home for women in NJ. Shop from the vendors on site, and also join a Pound workout class at 12 pm; a live drummer will play along with the music and a DJ to spin the tunes.
Breast Cancer Awareness Ride
Williams Harley-Davidson, Lebanon
The third annual ride is fully escorted throughout Hunterdon County, about a 90-minute ride. Wear pink and deck out your bike in pink. Return to the dealership after for a BBQ.
Black Sheep Mafia’s Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser
Rack’s Pub & Grill, Williamstown
The meet is open to anything with a motor! Show off your vehicle and shop at the vendor tables.
Breast Cancer Awareness Car Show
American Legion, Kearny
Classic cars will be on display, and then win awards for Best Classic, Best of Show, Deepest Club and Top 15.
Pink Challah Bake
Location provided upon RSVP
The Chabad of Robbinsville & Hamilton, with Sharsheret, will hold a challah bake to raise awareness of breast cancer. Open to age 9 and older. Snacks and dessert will be served.
Yin Yoga + Sound Bath
Metta Yoga, Neptune
Take a rejuvenating yoga class that will raise money for breast cancer awareness efforts.
Beyond Pink Art Show
October 20 opening night
October 21-27 art show exhibit
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The YWCA of Princeton is setting up an art show and gallery at the mall to showcase the journeys of breast cancer survivors and caregivers. During opening night, there will be light appetizers, cocktails, silent auctions and games; tickets are required.
Let’s Talk Women’s Health & Wellness
The all-day gathering is about our well-being, living healthy and learning about the eight pillars of wellness. Inspired by two-time breast cancer survivor Deb Belfatto, women of all ages, backgrounds and ethnicities will learn, celebrate and share about their own bodies and minds, with or without a frightening diagnosis.
Pretty in Prink
Celebrate breast cancer survivors and raise awareness while dancing the night away to music played by DJ Reddz. Hosted by Diamond Dee.
Kean University Breast Cancer Awareness 5K
Kean University North Avenue Building, Union
This race is put together to support everyone who has fought and is still fighting breast cancer.
Parkway Lanes Bowling Alley, Elmwood
For the second year, the bowling alley will be decked out in pink so that everyone from a seasoned bowler to someone looking to have fun can roll their ball down the lanes in support of breast cancer awareness. There will be light bites, plus music by DJ Kurell Law. Kids can get their faces painted.
Total Sale Donation
Spark Car Wash, Sicklerville, Woodland Park, Woodbridge and Mt. Holly.
Spark will donate 20% of total sales on October 28 across all locations to the CDBCF, which provides access to critical breast health services for uninsured and underinsured women in New Jersey.
Pink Party Comedy Show & Masquerade Party
Body Solutions Spa, Rahway
For 6 years, Body Solutions has been helping to increase awareness and raise funds for Saint Barnabas Hospital where the owner/operator was treated in 2018. This year’s comedy show features comedian GL Douglas, along with a light buffet and masquerade party.