I took my camera and a glamorous friend to the Glam Doll Strut in Fort Lauderdale for the excitement, - the color of the day - Pink.
As this was the first I heard of it, I arrived a little early as I didn't really know what to expect. This is an annual event I found out, and was celebrating it's 5th year. The motto of Glam-A-Thon is "Kiss Breast Cancer Goodbye". That seems like a very nice sendoff to a brutal disease.
This year the Glam Doll Strut had 1,000 participants and raised $150,000.00 to fight breast cancer. What do the participants do? They form teams to raise money for the cause then strut their stuff down the street and in front of celebrity judges. High heels being a perfectly acceptable form of footwear.
I have personally known several women who have fought breast cancer and won. I met several more while I was at the event and not shy to mention it. I am very fortunate to have not known anyone who has fought and lost. There were several participants with memories of loved ones written on signs and T-shirts. Much progress has been made but clearly much more needs to be done. If you missed this event but still want to participate, click the Glam-A-Thon link above. They will be glad to take your donations any time and have plenty of events to keep the message going.
One of the best things about this event was the crowd. Whether they were part of a team of 2 or 50, or just a spectator like me, everyone was friendly and having a great time. Even with such a serious cause, it felt more like a big, pink street party.
The highlight of my day was meeting celebrity judge Julie Durda, Channel 7 meteorologist. She comes into my home and office every morning. It was a thrill to just walk right up to her and say hi. Lynn Martinez, news anchor and host of Deco Drive, was there also. Not so easy to talk to as she was doing interviews and hosting the event pretty much the entire day.
I have quite a few event photos on my Flickr page. If you were participating, there is a good chance you might find yourself posted.