McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK


April 3, 2014

Pink Ribbon luncheon to be held at new location

McALESTER — A new location has been slated for this year’s Pink Ribbon Luncheon set for October, organizers say.

Every year, more than 400 people, most dressed in pink for breast cancer awareness, gather to help raise money for Oklahoma Project Woman by taking part in the fundraising luncheon.

This year it’s going to be at the First United Methodist Church of McAlester, said Amy Johns, a member of the Pink Ribbon committee.

Johns is also publisher of the News-Capital.

She said traditionally the event was held at the Southeast Expo Center but this year, the Pink Ribbon Committee decided it was time for change and after touring several venues, the committee decided on the church at 1501 S. 13th Street.

Committee Chairman Frances Lerblance said all of the money raised at the Pink Ribbon Luncheon will go to Oklahoma Project Woman.

“Oklahoma Project woman is dedicated to providing access to breast health care that will facilitate the early diagnosis and decrease the mortality of breast cancer for uninsured women with limited financial resources,” Lerblance said.

The luncheon is not only an informative entertaining afternoon out, it’s also an important fundraiser for Project Woman, she said.

And corporate sponsors are especially needed to help raise money for the event, according to Lerblance.

“Project Woman sends in thousands of dollars to our area to provide mammograms and other services for local women,” Lerblance said.

She said this year the fundraising goal is to increase the donations sent to Project Woman.

“We want to send them more money than they send us this year,” Lerblance said.

The exact date in October that the luncheon will be held and other details about the event will be released once they are finalized, Lerblance said.

She said corporate sponsorships are available for $550 for a table for eight.

For more information about becoming a sponsor, contact Lerblance at 918-297-2501 or 918-424-1026.

For more information about Project Woman, visit

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