Taking Steps Against Breast Cancer event held in Twin Lakes Park
Most days, a man strolling through Twin Lakes Park in a pink tutu would warrant a second — or third — glance.
On Oct. 1, though, the park was awash in pink shirts, hats, scarves, footwear and tutus, as Westmoreland Walks Inc. hosted the annual Taking Steps Against Breast Cancer event.
The man in question was Greg Long of Hempfield, who said, “I have no shame. It's for a great cause.”
Along with wife Heidi, he was part of the appropriately named Tutus for Tatas team that walks in honor or breast-cancer survivors Renee Cupp and Janet Gray.
Decorations on the park's Island Stage had a pink champagne theme for the event's 15th anniversary, marked by a toast that board president Kathy Brown said went out to “so many people” who have helped or been helped by the organization, which supports the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition.
Walkers got pumped up to the martial beat of the Greensburg Salem High School drumline, led by instructor Christopher Gazze. Emcee was Bill Brown, and speakers included Debbie Sarault, Elizabeth Alcorn, Theresa Hanley and Dave Stanoszek, who also served as DJ.
Members of the Seton Hill University track and field team served as volunteers.
Seen: Board member Cheryl McMullen with husbandArt McMullen, Aimee andRich Taggart, Annie Urban, Pam Stablein, Connie Lynch, Diane Watson, Mary Jo Warren, Vince andMary Waugaman, William andKathryn Booth, Kathy Christy, Debbie Zimmerman and board memberWendy Fennell, with her motherSusan Hawkins of Whitehall, another survivor who made the walk part of her 80th birthday celebration.