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Pretty in Pink-O-Ween at Edge City BBQ and Tap, True Cancer Stories as Fundraiser for Faces of Courage

TAMPA, Fla.- Coming to the newly opened Edge City BBQ and Tap on Wednesday, October 28th at 7 pm, is Pretty in Pink-O-Ween, a theatrical dinner show fundraiser for Faces of Courage. Founded by breast cancer survivor Peggie Sherry in 2004, Faces of Courage is a local nonprofit that provides a free camp to cancer and blood disorder survivors and their families.

Edge City BBQ and Tap will be donating all show ticket sales and 10% of sales from food and drink to the nonprofit. One hundred percent of sales from the Pretty in Pink Cocktail and the Hit Me with Your Breast Shot all week long.

“Small grassroots nonprofits, like Faces of Courage, are the boots on the ground in our community and work hard to provide services for those in need with little overhead. Fundraisers and volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization. We are thrilled that Edge City BBQ and Tap is planning several fundraisers to help us help area cancer patients,” said Sherry. “During Covid, our annual fundraisers have had to be put on hold, and we have had to pivot and move our in-person education sessions to online meetups. Our campers are at high risk, and now, more than ever, they need our support.”

In normal circumstances, Faces of Courage provides without cost, day outings, and overnight camps for adults, children, and families touched by all types of cancer and blood disorders.

Produced and narrated by Kathy McGuire of Events by KathySings4u, Pretty in Pink-O-Ween, a special one-night-only fundraising event features five women sharing true stories from a play that’s been called “The Vagina Monologues for breasts.”  An Uplifting Conversation about Boobs took personal stories collected from a question posed to the Facebook community and compiled them into a full-length play.

McGuire said, “I lost my second cousin to breast cancer, and I have watched too many of my friends battle breast cancer. Faces of Courage has been uplifting women in our community for 16 years, and we are honored to support them.”

Along with McGuire, Leah Ryan, Georgia Kosloski, Jennifer Pickens, the original play showcases Tampa area performer and breast cancer survivor Kat Lanford. Last year, Landford made her cancer treatment journey public on social media to inspire “Prayer Warriors” and let fellow fighters know they could get through anything.

Lanford explained, “Bottom line for me – God healed me of my breast cancer – I know everyone’s journey is different. I believe he’s using mine to be a beacon of hope. I went through it rather fast and furiously. This time last year, I was bald and right in the middle of my chemo treatment plan that lasted from July 22nd – December 2nd every week. On July 17th, last year, my boss of 6 years, who had been my mentor and friend for 12 years, passed away at age 52, then my dad passed away on July 25th – all happening right when I was gearing up for this fight. You never know how strong you are until you find out how strong you have to be

And yet I wouldn’t change one thing about it because God took me on a beautiful detour. If I wasn’t put in situations where I had to go for testing or I had to sit in waiting rooms with other women, other people – I would have missed his messages for me at those moments from people I’ve never met in my life, and I wouldn’t have been able to in turn give them hope.”

For each $250 raised, Faces of Courage can provide a weekend of fun, education, and fellowship for adults and children diagnosed with cancer.

“One of our dreams is to expand our programs to provide outings for men who have been diagnosed with cancer. It is important that they can talk with others facing the same challenges. My vision is to offer a deep-sea fishing adventure where men can enjoy an outing and bond with others who are on the same battlefield fighting the same enemy…cancer.”

To purchase tickets to Pink-O-Ween, as well as other planned events, please visit https://edgecitybbqandtap.com/special-events.

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