SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — From bubblegum pink to magenta, there will be seas of people on the Island next weekend sporting the colors and showing their support for those affected by breast cancer.
SPI Walk for Women, a nonprofit that provides financial, prosthetic and diagnostic support to women with breast cancer, will host its annual weekend of fundraisers on the Island starting Friday, Oct. 11.
A Roaring 20s Casino Night and Auction will be held Friday, Oct. 11, at Louie’s Backyard from 7 to 11 p.m.
A $40 entry donation includes appetizers and $500 in gaming chips.
Winnings at the end of the night will be exchanged for raffle tickets that winners can enter in drawings for prize packages.
Registration for the nonprofit’s bay fishing tournament costs $70 per angler and will be held at Louie’s Backyard Oct. 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The tournament begins the following day at 7 a.m. and a weigh-in will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Lunch will be served to anglers in the afternoon followed by an awards ceremony.
The fundraising weekend will end with an awareness walk on Oct. 13.
Registration is free and will be held from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. at the SPI Convention Centre.
The walk will start at the Convention Centre and end at Louie’s Backyard.
Transportation to the Convention Centre after the walk will be provided by Walk for Women.
According to Walk for Women representatives, the organization has contributed more than $300,000 to more than 65 women with breast cancer and their families in the past 15 years.
According to Walk for Women member Rees Langston, the organization hopes to expand their presence and get more participants from cities such as Brownsville, Harlingen and McAllen.
“We do have groups that come from those cities, but we’re hoping this year we can get more interest,” she said. “We service Cameron, Hidalgo and Willacy counties so we would like more people from the upper Valley to come walk with us.”
Langston says the most rewarding part of being a part of the organization is being able to help those in need.
“We get thank you notes saying Walk for Women came along at the exact time they needed help,” she explained. “So, it’s very gratifying to hear back from the people we’ve helped.”
Visit www.spiwalkforwomen.org to donate or seek assistance from Walk for Women.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
WALK FOR WOMEN CASINO NIGHT
WHEN — Friday, Oct. 11 from 7 to 11 p.m.
WHERE — Louie’s Backyard, 2305 Laguna Boulevard, South Padre Island
COST — A $40 entry donation includes $500 in gaming chips and appetizers
For table sponsorships, email Donna Eymard at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (956) 454-2700.
WALK FOR WOMEN FISHING TOURNAMENT
WHEN — Saturday, Oct. 12 from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
WEIGH IN — 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
WHERE — Louie’s Backyard
COST — $70
REGISTRATION — https://tinyurl.com/y5kfpjnq
16TH ANNUAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS WALK
WHEN — Sunday, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon
ONLINE REGISTRATION — https://tinyurl.com/y2ca86kb
ONSITE REGISTRATION — 8:30 to 9:45 a.m.
STARTS — 10 a.m., South Padre Island Convention Centre, 7355 Padre Boulevard
ENDS — Louie’s Backyard
COST — Free