More Than 1,000 Residents Celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Festive "Pink" Event at Colin Powell Elementary School

School District Employees Raise More than $8,400 to Fight Breast Cancer

  An explosion of pink permeated Colin Powell Elementary School on Oct. 25th as more than 1,000 residents joined together to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Union City and to award the American Cancer Society a check for more than $8,400, all of which was donated by employees of the school district.

Crowd wearing pink to honor breast cancer awareness     The annual event featured important information and discussions by noted area doctors who specialize in breast cancer, informational tables sponsored by local health care businesses and organizations, as well as live entertainment, raffles and a large art exhibit created for breast cancer awareness. Refreshments were provided by the Union City Education Association (UCEA).
     The spectacular event was created by the district’s Director of Community Relations, Mercedes Joaquin, and her staff.

crowd of pink supporters     After unveiling a large-format version of the check, Ms. Joaquin told the audience that “Union City is pink today,” and added “we have the most generous school district and the best of Board of Education.” Ms. Joaquin thanked School Principal Teresita Diaz and her staff for all their work in hosting the event, and Assistant to the Superintendent of Schools Diane Capizzi for her help in fundraising.


     Mayor/Senator Brian P. Stack thanked the entire school district for its efforts and support, and urged audience members who may need assistance with health care, especially a mammogram, to call his office “and we will get you help, with or without health insurance. You have to get a yearly examination.”mayor stack talking to the people in the crowdUC Commissioners and dignitary posing with check

     The Mayor added how happy he was with the event and the fundraising because it shows “our sense of community in Union City is tremendous.”

Superintendent of Schools Silvia Abbato reminded women in the audience that “for women to be strong, they have to be healthy.”

      More than three million women in the United States have a history of breast cancer and on average 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lives, according to national statistics.

     The art show, entitled “Pink Art Exhibit,” was curated by Amado Mora, Director of the New Jersey Artist Collective, and a percentage of the sales of the art work will be donated to fight breast cancer.

pink art exhibition     ballet dancer performing        UC police offer talking about his experience with the crowd


Union City’s Poet Laureate, Jorge Luis Seco, was also in attendance and was honored.