Gallery: Pink Pampering event
One good pampering deserves another, or so 700 people estimated to have attended the fourth Pink Pampering event Nov. 11 at the Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh South, Bethel Park. Organized by the Pink Pamper Fund Committee, a nonprofit group of about 20 people, the daylong event allows women to have haircuts, manicures, massages and more at reduced cost, with proceeds going to three charities, said Marian Geisler, who cofounded the committee with fellow Bethel Park resident Marsha Davis. Primary beneficiary is the UPMC Cancer Patient Assistance Fund. Patients receive $300 grants to use for treatment-related expenses not covered by insurance. Other organizations that receive Pink Pamper proceeds are the Ladies Hospital Aid Society's Orchid Fund, which buys wigs for cancer patients, and womens shelters in southwestern Pennsylvania. Geisler said while proceeds are still being tallied, about $24,000 had been raised this year, up from about $18,000 last year. Attendees paid a $15 admission fee and $10 to $20 for services, done by professionals who donated all fees and their time to the charity, Geisler said. For more information, go to thepinkpanther.org.