Fall in Marble Falls brings a color change with it. It starts in early October when the colors of the Marble Falls Fire Rescue show the first signs of – PINK! Through Friday October 8th, local businesses will join first responders and paint the city as part of the annual pink Pink Out Marble Fallswho is raising money and awareness for all types of cancer.
On October 9th, Pink Out Marble Falls is hosting an evening of fun and fundraising in Old Oak Square on Main Street in Marble Falls with all new events including live music, the first responder Wacky Olympics and a street dance.
“This is the first time we’re holding it on a Saturday,” said Lynnette Courtney, assistant emergency management coordinator for the city of Marble Falls and lead Pink Out organizer. “We want to expand the event and get more people to support the members of our community who have or have had cancer or have a loved one who is battling cancer.”
This year one of them is fighting the disease: Marble Falls Fire Rescue Capt. Coy Guenter, affectionately known as Mr. Marble Falls.
“This year, the event is very important to us,” said Courtney. “We want to do everything we can to raise awareness.”
Proceeds from the event will go to two charities: Operation Heroes United, a local nonprofit that organizes birthday parties for hospitalized children with cancer, and the Firefighter Cancer Support Network, which connects first responders and their families with someone who has been through the same process and can help guide them through the problems.
This year’s two-day event begins on Friday, when the participating companies determine their locations in a friendly competition. The winners will be announced the next day, when Saturday activities begin at 6:00 p.m. with a welcome from Fire Chief Russell Sander.
The opening ceremony will be followed by a cake walk and at 6.30 p.m. the first of the first responders, the Wacky Olympics.
At 7 p.m. Dave Jorgenson will provide live music and the Wacky Olympics First Responder finals will begin at 8 p.m.
Although the event at 9:30 p.m. is titled “Closing Comment”, the fun is not over yet. The live music continues until 11 p.m. with a street dance in front of Old Oak Square
According to Courtney, Pink Out is more than just raising awareness and creating money.
“I love the community support,” she says. “We are all affected by cancer, so my heart is melting in giving these people a fun day to relax and have fun. It gives something back to the community, and that’s what we do as a fire department. ”
Pink Out was born on a high school football field in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania when senior and cheerleader Ellese Meyer hosted the first event in honor of her mother, who died of breast cancer just weeks earlier. Her idea was to paint the stadium pink and raise money for the Young Women’s Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation, which is headquartered in nearby Pittsburgh.
With the school’s sports director John Grogan distributing information about the event across the country, 42 high schools took part in the country’s first Pink Out on October 30, 2009. A young girl’s homage to her mother now colors the country pink every October, including falls in marble.