by Deb Spalding
Thurmont will “Think Pink” and glow pink, too, as light bulbs around the town shine pink for the month of October. But, that’s not all. Thurmont’s Main Street is pleased to announce their inaugural “Think Pink” event!
Thurmont Main Street, in partnership with the Town of Thurmont, is joining in the campaign to help promote awareness of breast cancer and raise funds for research. Modeled after a Bel Air, Maryland, Main Street program that was started a few years ago called “Give Cancer the Pink Slip,” Thurmont’s program is based upon a huge partnership with businesses offering a discount on certain days, on certain items, or for a certain amount of time to shoppers in October. A percentage of sales during each business’ promotion will be donated to the Hurwitz Breast Cancer Fund for cancer research. The Hurwitz Breast Cancer Fund at Frederick Memorial Hospital was established in 1999 by Jeff and Patty Hurwitz, after Patty’s diagnosis of breast cancer. The Hurwitz Breast Cancer Fund is a fund of Frederick Memorial Hospital, a private, not-for-profit, community hospital with a 501 (c)(3) tax status. All contributions to the fund are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Visit pinkribbonfrederick.org/about/ for more information.
Businesses will be involved by not only hosting a coupon campaign, but also by displaying pink ribbons, decorating pink, and letting their pink light bulbs glow. This is an event that most certainly contributes to the cause that affects each of us, a loved one, or someone we know. Town residents and business owners can pick up a pink light bulb at the town office during business hours, 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. The cost of the bulb is $1.00, with all proceeds also going to the Hurwitz Breast Cancer Fund. On Wednesday, October 1, 2014, businesses and homes will officially light up the town with pink lights at 8:00 p.m. Everyone is asked to have their pink lights turned on each night during the month of October, from 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Town of Thurmont offices and buildings will also be illuminated with pink floodlights during the month, and Town Staff will be sporting pink shirts every Friday.
As Thurmont residents and business owners paint the town pink from all ends in October, there are some additional improvements to downtown on Main Street taking place. Jim Humerick, Thurmont’s Chief Administrative Officer, said, “We have a lot going on. In about five or six months, downtown will look completely different.” Some of the improvements on the Main Street corridor are taking place because of grants that Thurmont’s Main Street Manager, Vickie Grinder, obtained to fund improvements, including benches, bike racks, and trash receptacles.
A Downtown Revitalization Project that includes sidewalk replacements is well under way. New decorative street lamps, benches, trash cans, bike racks, and parking meters posts will be installed.
After October’s dazzle of pink and the colors of autumn, think forward to November for the Thurmont Fall Gallery Stroll on Friday, November 7, 2014, from 6:00-8:30 p.m. Local artists, entertainment, wineries, and food will entertain, as attendees are able to witness the recent improvements close at hand. Artist, Rebecca Pearl, will unveil her latest Thurmont print; and artist, Yemi, will also be at the Stroll.
The Thurmont Town staff are shown wearing their pink apparel in preparation for their Think Pink fundraiser throughout October. Pictured from left are: (front row) Tracy Schur, Wanda Stottlemyer, Debbie Ecker, Becky Long; (back row) Brad Weddle, Jim Humerick, John Kinnaird, Lori Kaas, Gary Hodges, and Lee Hanvey.