Real Men Wear Pink

By John Kidd

Walden, NY – Hundreds of local people gathered at Angry Orchard this afternoon to raise a glass of cider at Walden Savings Bank’s Real Men Wear Pink fundraiser for The American Cancer Society. 

Hillbilly Parade played live music with Walden Savings Bank’s very own David K. Goodrich on drums. Goodrich who lost his mother to cancer, is one of this year’s participants. 

“It affects everyone,” said Goodrich.  “It doesn’t matter if you’re a man, woman or child.  That’s why I’m stepping up to fight breast cancer with the help of my friends here at Walden Savings Bank and of course… you.”  

Angry Orchard donated all of their tips this month through October 24th as well as $1 from each Rosé Growler sale as part of their “Drink Pink” promotion.  Every guest enjoyed a complimentary tasting flight and were encouraged to hang out around the fire pit and take advantage of the fall foliage while enjoying some cider.  A raffle was held and 94.3/97.3 THE WOLF radio was on site announcing various contests.

Wearing pink also got attendees 10% off all merchandise as well as $1 off Cider Drafts.  Talking about wearing pink, nobody had flier shoes than Town of Wallkill Rotarian and one of this year’s Real Men Wear Pink participants, Mike Swensen.

Swenson lost his wife to breast cancer one year ago.

“Even though she was a patient and fighting her own battle, she was always finding ways to help others who were going through the same journey,”  said Swensen.  “Breast cancer affects everyone – it doesn’t matter if you’re a man or a woman. I have several male friends that have breast cancer.  That’s why I’m stepping up to fight breast cancer with all I have. Since I’m in a position to make a difference within my community, I believe I have an obligation to do so. By raising money and awareness through Real Men Wear Pink, I’m helping to save more lives from breast cancer.”

You can donate at the Real Men Wear Pink of the Hudson Valley website by choosing a participant.

About Real Men Pink:  Real Men Wear Pink gives men a leadership role in the fight against breast cancer. Community leaders around the nation use the power of pink to raise awareness and money for the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer initiatives, including innovative research, patient services, and education around screenings and risk reduction. It’s one important way we’re attacking cancer from every angle.

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