School District Employees Raise More than $8,400 to Fight Breast Cancer
An explosion of pink permeated Colin Powell Elementary School on Oct. 25th as more than 1,000 residents joined together to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Union City and to award the American Cancer Society a check for more than $8,400, all of which was donated by employees of the school district.
After unveiling a large-format version of the check, Ms. Joaquin told the audience that “Union City is pink today,” and added “we have the most generous school district and the best of Board of Education.” Ms. Joaquin thanked School Principal Teresita Diaz and her staff for all their work in hosting the event, and Assistant to the Superintendent of Schools Diane Capizzi for her help in fundraising.
Mayor/Senator Brian P. Stack thanked the entire school district for its efforts and support, and urged audience members who may need assistance with health care, especially a mammogram, to call his office “and we will get you help, with or without health insurance. You have to get a yearly examination.”
The Mayor added how happy he was with the event and the fundraising because it shows “our sense of community in Union City is tremendous.”
Superintendent of Schools Silvia Abbato reminded women in the audience that “for women to be strong, they have to be healthy.”
More than three million women in the United States have a history of breast cancer and on average 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lives, according to national statistics.
The art show, entitled “Pink Art Exhibit,” was curated by Amado Mora, Director of the New Jersey Artist Collective, and a percentage of the sales of the art work will be donated to fight breast cancer.
Union City’s Poet Laureate, Jorge Luis Seco, was also in attendance and was honored.