FARMINGTON — San Juan Medical Foundation’s second annual Get Pink’d breast cancer fundraising and awareness series has landed Farmington a Guinness World Record for the second year in a row.
The monthlong series of events wrapped up Tuesday evening at Farmington High School’s Hutchinson Stadium at 5:30 p.m., where a crowd of 444 did the Hustle, a dance popularized in the movie “Saturday Night Fever.” They beat the previous record by 218 people.
“I think it’s nice that we’re having this,” said Kailyn Aspaas, 14, a freshman at Farmington High School. “Last year there were more people, but I think it’s a really big hit this year, too.”
Last year’s Get Pink’d rally drew 1,576 people, but for the event’s organizers and many in the community, Get Pink’d is part of a far greater cause.
Throughout October, people from across San Juan County have banded together to raise money for the San Juan Medical Foundation’s Cathy Lincoln Memorial Cancer Fund.
In spite of tough economic times, foundation Executive Director John Oliphant says the event is a success and expects about the same amount of money raised as last year.
“We’re very appreciative of the community,” he said. “All of San Juan County has really gotten behind the Get Pink’d events. People, regardless of who they are, want to be involved.”
For those who attended, Tuesday evening’s rally was an exciting way to wrap up Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The event began with a release of pink balloons into the ruby-colored sunset. Then Sheila Mobley, one of the rally organizers, led the crowd in three dances: the Pink Glove Dance, the Cupid Shuffle and the Hustle.
“It’s like a big thank you to the community,” Mobley said.
Though Breast Cancer Awareness Month officially ends today, San Juan Medical Foundation officials are already looking forward to next year’s events.
“I have to give kudos to the former executive director (Jane Kolesnik) for starting this up,” Oliphant said. “I know we’ll be back out here next year with something else.”