"I BELIEVE IN PINK! I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles."— Audrey Hepburn

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every night, friends. You have done what you could. Let it go.

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, May 21, 2011

It's Pink Saturday!!

And today is a very special Pink Saturday around my neck of the woods...and that is because it is Preakness Saturday! Yes, that's right! I live not too far from where the Preakness Stakes are held and that is a very big deal!

 Today is The Preakness Stakes but yesterday was a very special day also...perhaps even more special in many ways...on the day before the Preakness, The Black Eyed Susan Stakes are held...

This event is held by the Maryland Jockey Club in conjunction with Susan G Komen for the Cure.
The event is held Turf side and it is done right. 
Invitations were sent to 87 Breast Cancer Survivors and they are invited to bring a guest. The rest of the attendees are friends of Komen or the Jockey club and are paid attendees. The event honors the survivors and consists of a day of races and entertainment just as the Preakness day itself does. Below is the Event Logo...

I am so in love with this logo! I saw it for the first time last year(at the inaugural event) and thought it was perfect! 
There is even a flag...and of course I got a picture of it!
Nice, huh? I had to wait for the wind and snap it just right...We all wear hats and they make it a very nice event! The survivors all receive a very nice bag filled with nice things including this cool towel!
Here is a picture of a fountain...they had Pink water running in it...that is my PINK Longchamp hanging on the table behind it...

Here are a couple more pictures of the day...I will just narrate up here...The picture will be below...There is of course, a picture of some of the horses! The ones that walk out with the race horses to lead them to the gates are in PINK and so are there riders! There is a picture of a glass that the drink, The Black Eyed Susan comes in...this is the official drink of the Preakness...There is the ribbon painted on the grass...nice touch, don't you think? 
Pretty special isn't it?
I have to tell you that an event just like this is held the day before each of the Triple Crown Races sponsored by that city and Susan G Komen for the Cure and for the Survivors. It is open to Survivors from all over and people come from all over. I will add a few pictures from last year's survivor parade into the winners circle only because I was unable to stay for this year's parade. We left to go watch the Baltimore Orioles get
trounced by the Washington Nationals...
I will however, give you a picture of my hat and end with a picture of myself and a friend from the event this year...Enjoy!

Sorry Ladies...wore it both years...
Survivors gathered in the winners circle
Gathering for the parade
No need for explanation, but love the jacket...
President of MD Jockey Club, Mayor of Baltimore City, and Executive Director of Komen MD
 Men get Breast Cancer too. 2010

We have arrived in the winners circle...I am the short one on the right...2010

OK, Here I am with a friend, fellow volunteer, and board member and general all round wonderful human being...Kimberly.
All the same lady by the way...
Don't we look great in our finery!
Well, that's it for me! It was a very special event and I cannot say enough to thank the Maryland Jockey Club and Pimlico for making it as nice as it could be and to all of the men and women that worked the event yesterday...Kudos to you! You made it what it was! I know what it is like to do something like that. You make or break the event for the attendees and you made every one of us survivors feel very special.
Thank you!

So, that's all for now folks, Thanks for looking through!

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  1. What a fantastic post today! That would be such an exciting event. Happy Pink Saturday! xo Tami

  2. WOW! What a great occasion for the cure. I am really impressed with all the work that must go into it..and it is so unusual. My sister died of breast cancer and her daughter is a 2 time survivor of the disease, so I have a special and personal interest in gatherings like this one. You look great in your outfit. What a wonderful post and many thanks for all you did to put all of these great shots together for us to enjoy.

  3. Happy Pink Saturday, Kim. We will be watching The Preakness, too.

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I did not know anything about this event, and I think it is fabulous.

    Congratulations to you - and every survivor. This is a fight in which we all have heart.♥

  4. How amazing is that? Very awesome. Thanks for visiting me on my SITS day.

  5. Wow - how awesome is this!! I have never heard of this and it looks like so much fun! Maybe it's even better than the Kentucky Derby. After all, they don't have a pink water fountain there! Congratulations on your 16+ years of being a survivor. You go girl!

  6. Thank you for that wonderful post!! And many blessings on you 16 years!! THAT is the most amazing part!

  7. This was such a wonderful post Pinkim! I really enjoyed learning about this event and seeing all your photos. Congratulations of being a 16+ year survivor! Thanks fr following me --I am following your blog now on facebook!

  8. Am so impressed! Thank you for sharing your post and congrat of being a 16+ survivor!
    Have a blessing day ~ hugs cindy


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