Brownsdale residents excited about Paint the Town Pink

Published 11:10 am Thursday, October 10, 2013

Excitement and planning for Paint the Town Pink, which has now expanded to Brownsdale, is growing.

Tina Ellis of rural Brownsdale announced more plans for next year’s Paint the Town Pink in Brownsdale, including a kickoff event this weekend. The event, Saturday, Oct. 12, will be the same day as the sidewalk sale, along with Brownsdale Elementary School’s “Walk about Town,” and the Browndsdale Fire Department Fish Fry, which is 4 to 8 p.m. at the school. Tickets to the fish fry are $9 for adults and $6.50 for children with hot dog meals available.

Ellis spoke with Paint the Town Pink organizers from Austin and, despite the town’s size, saw the potential in Brownsdale.

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“It’s just a really good cause, and it’s kind of a no-brainer,” she said. Organizers have already announced Brownsdale’s Paint the Town Pink will be Feb. 7 through 9. But Ellis has more ideas, including a snowmobile run for $10 per rider and commemorative ribbons for cancer victims and survivors that will be posted throughout town.

Brownsdale will also have its own fundraiser thermometer posted somewhere in town with a $2,500 goal. All proceeds, of course, will go toward breast cancer research. Ellis added the Brownsdale Rohler Rink — which may have a “Paint the Rohler Rink Pink” — and a newly forming roller derby group have plans to help the cause as well. Thus far, there is a Facebook page gathering support for the upcoming events.

Earlier this year, Austin’s second annual Paint the Town Pink raised more than $115,000 for The Hormel Institute, topping a goal of $100,000.