Thursday, October 18th is the date set for the 26th annual Power of Pink! at the Pitser Garrison Convention Center in Lufkin.  CHI St. Luke's Health-Memorial, the event's presenter,  once again expects a sell-out crowd.

Breast cancer awareness is commemorated across the country during the month of October, marked by pink ribbons and a community of caregivers and survivors standing up in the fight against cancer, but in the mid-1990s when Jan Moore of Lufkin was diagnosed with the devastating disease, information about breast cancer was hard to come by. After her death in 1993, her friends wanted to do something special to commemorate Jan. Barbara Polk, Mary Martha Henderson, Tony Brown, and Nancy Moore approached CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial leaders with the idea of hosting a breast cancer awareness luncheon.

The Power of Pink! will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hosted by Temple Cancer Center’s Medical Director Sid Roberts, M.D. the event features both hilarious and heartwarming moments that entertain, inspire and provide educational awareness.

At this year’s event, motivational humorist and author Kay Frances will share her message to “lighten up, stress less and take care of ourselves.” She has spoken in 40 U.S. states and all over Canada for more than 30 years. Kay has performed as a professional standup comedian for many years and appearing on a number of national television and radio programs including Lifetime Cable’s “Girls Night Out” and NBC’s “America’s Funniest People.”  She is also the author of “The Funny Thing About Stress: A Seriously Humorous Guide to a Happier Life.”

As one of the much anticipated portions of the event, the 10th Annual Art Bra Exhibit will showcase extravagant bras as various members of the community “walk the runway” modeling these uniquely creative designs.  A delicious meal, door prizes and raffle prizes are also part of the annual luncheons.

Tickets will be available on September 4 and can be purchased from various Power of Pink! sponsors. Visit www.chistlukeshealthmemorial.org/news/power-of-pink for a list of those sponsors or to purchase tickets online.