Guam – It’s that time of year for the annual Pink Ball and this year is extra special as they are celebrating five years. To mark this special occasion, the Pink Ball committee has decided to extend their charity to four other organizations.
The Pink Ball has opened up their beneficiaries to four more organizations, making it a total of five causes that will benefit from the community’s generous donations and they have five talents performing for ball goers.
The five beneficiaries are Guam Cancer Care, Guam Diabetes Association, Lupus Awareness Group of Guam, Harvest House and Project Inspire.
Pink Ball Committee Chairwoman Leahbeth Naholowaa says despite the difficulties they faced this year, the continued support of the sponsors shows just how important giving back the community means to them.
“We’re not a big organization. The committee members are just, we’re just a group of hard-working full time moms, full time employees, who put this event together every year. “This is part of reaching out to our community who need help as well,” she said. “This year has been very, very difficult for us. It’s a struggle not only because of our economy but through your generous support and for believing in us, we’re able to do this again this year.”
Headlining this year’s black tie event is not one but five acts as well! They are American Idol alumnus Anthony Federov and Broadway Actress Jennifer Paz; Filipino singers and theatre performers Laurence Mossman and Tricia Canilao; and local homegrown talent that get together once a year for this event, called the the Pink Ballers Band. The band includes members Rob San Agustin, Trey Cunningham, Mike Hartendorp and Eric Tydingco.
For Federov and Paz, cancer hits close to home. Federov’s brother died of cancer while Paz’s sister survived cancer.
“Until it happens to your family, it’s just, it feels like it’s something that happens to other people. You hear it, its kind of all around but once it hits you, all of a sudden it’s like it’s everywhere. I think that it’s extremely important to continue to do the research and the work to find better treatments and find a cure,” said Federov.
The Pink Ball is this Saturday, August 4, at the Dusit Thani Resort. For more information about tickets or the event, you can visit pinkballguam.com.