FARMINGTON — As the pink-hued month of October draws to a close, organizers of the Get Pinked Campaign, which raises funds and awareness for breast cancer research and support, are hoping the community will come together for one last push to close out this year's campaign.
The finish involves two events, the Pink Glove Dance video that can be accessed and voted for online, and the Get Pinked Rally, during which county residents will attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the most people performing the "Gangnam Style" dance.
The San Juan Medical Foundation and the Cathy Lincoln Memorial Fund have entered a video in this year's national Pink Glove Dance Video Contest.
The video includes dances by more than 2,000 local individuals representing various companies, and also includes students from Bloomfield High School, Fireball Run competitors, and breast cancer survivors and their supporters. Those appearing in the video compilation donned pink gloves and danced during Get Pinked activities that took place last year and this year.
The video receiving the most votes nation-wide wins a prize of $25,000; second place wins $10,000, and third place $5,000. If San Juan County's entry wins, prize money would go to the Cathy Lincoln Memorial Fund to help local women battling cancer.
"Our video is currently No. 18 out of 110 entrants, and we're up against major universities including Penn State, Iowa State and Texas Christian University, so we're doing really well," said organizer Sheila Mobley, owner of Danz Force dance and gymnastics academy of Farmington.
"All people have to do is go into pinkglovedance.com, sort by New Mexico, and click on the 'vote' button," she said. "Voters will be sent an e-mail to verify their e-mail address, they click on that and they're done."
The contest ends Nov. 8.
The other final campaign event takes place this evening at Farmington High School's football field. The Get Pinked Rally features an attempt to win a Guinness World Record for the most people doing the 'Gangnam Style' dance, which was made popular by South Korean rapper Psy.
Mobley, who choreographed the dance for the contest, said it will need to last 5 minutes to qualify for the record. If the record is reached, participants can go onto the Guinness World Record website and buy a certificate with their name on it that shows they were part of winning the record.
"The dance is easy, easy, easy, and will be a lot of fun," Mobley said.
On Tuesday, Mobley was at the Bonnie Dallas Senior Center teaching the 'Gangnam Style' dance, and is hopeful that many of the seniors will come to the high school tonight to contribute to the record attempt.
If successful, this will be the third Get Pinked mass-dance Guinness World Record reached by the county.
"It's been an overwhelmingly successful month," she said, "and we really need this final push."
To vote, go to www.pinkglovedance.com, put in New Mexico and click the “vote” button. A link to the video can also be found on the ‘Get Pinked for Breast Cancer San Juan County' Facebook site. Voting can be done once a day and ends Nov. 8.
The gate to Hutchison Field at Farmington High School, 2200 N. Sunset Ave., opens at 5 p.m., and a lesson on how to do the dance begins at 5:30 p.m. The official dance for the world record starts at 6 p.m. The event is free. Mobley has placed an instructional video on YouTube entitled “Get Pinked Gangnam Style” for those who would like extra instruction before the rally. More information on the video and rally at www.sanjuanmedicalfoundation.com, or by contacting Mobley at 505-320-3310.