Second Annual Pink Out the Park a Winner!
Friday, September 20, 2013
Comerica Park was a sea of pink as more than 40,300 fans filled the ballpark for the second annual Pink Out the Park Friday, Sept. 13, when our Detroit Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals 6 to 3. This is the second year that the Detroit Tigers and Karmanos Cancer Institute teamed up to raise awareness of breast health, early detection and the importance of cancer research.
The entire evening was filled with excitement and opportunities to educate and raise awareness of breast health. Delta Air Lines served as host sponsor for this year's Pink Out the Park and provided a pink tote giveaway to the first 10,000 fans. Our wonderful media sponsors were FOX Sports Detroit and CBS Radio Detroit, including WWJ Newsradio 950, 97.1 The Ticket, 98.7 AMP Radio, 99.5 WYCD, 104.3 WOMC and CBS Sports Radio 1270 WXYT.
Nick Karmanos, senior vice president of Institutional Relations for Karmanos, presented gifts of appreciation to Detroit Tigers Third Base Coach Tom Brookens and his twin daughters, Maggie and Molly. A special Detroit Tigers batting helmet signed by Karmanos President and CEO, Gerold Bepler, M.D., Ph.D., and several breast cancer patients, was presented to Coach Brookens; and special pink-stitched, pink ribbon baseballs were presented to his daughters, to thank them for being ambassadors for breast health awareness.
Karmanos representatives Lisa Chism, DNP; Lawrence Flaherty, M.D.; and Barb Eskridge did in-stadium interviews during the pre-game ceremony as hundreds of breast cancer survivors and on-air talent from CBS Radio filled the field. Nick Karmanos along with KCI breast cancer patient Annette Neumeyer were interviewed by FOX Sports Detroit and Neumeyer also threw out the first pitch. Karmanos representatives provided breast health materials; there was a 50/50 raffle that also benefitted Karmanos; and a special Detroit Tigers pink pin continues to be available at all Comerica Park retail locations while supplies last. A portion of the proceeds from the pink pin will benefit breast cancer research at the Karmanos Cancer Institute.
Topping off the evening was the Detroit Tigers win and the fireworks display presented by Pepsi.
“We are so grateful for the tremendous support of the entire Detroit Tigers family and their outstanding commitment to our community,” said Nick Karmanos. “Their unwavering support, the tremendous contributions of our sponsors, and the enthusiastic fans made the second annual Pink Out the Park a success. Thanks to this incredible teamwork, more lives will be saved. ”