BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Frocks, shocks and curly locks filled Mount Carmel Hall at the 'Get Your Groove On' Fundraiser last Saturday evening. Guests arrived dressed in costume from their favorite decade -- 50's, 60's, 70's or 80's.
The event, hosted by Team Bosom Buddies, kicked off their Relay for Life fundraising efforts with a festive party that raised over $3,200 for cancer research.
"We wanted to ensure we had a fun atmosphere and thought a favorite decade costume party would be perfect," said team member Suzanne Honey, dressed as Rocker Slash from Guns N' Roses. "Costumes weren't mandatory, although, I cant imagine why you wouldn't want to dress-up!"
The Bosom Buddies Team is participating in the Berkeley Heights Relay for Life event for the first time. "We are proud to say we raised $3,200," said team member Lori Nelson, dressed as Elliott from 'ET'.
"We were inspired to create a team and join Relay for Life by our dear friends Patti Broccoli and Cathy Balsamo, and all of our loved ones affected by cancer," said Nelson.
Patti Broccoli and her three siblings were all tested positive for the BRCA1 genetic mutation that raises the risk of breast and ovarian cancer. The three sisters had preventative surgery. Broccoli's preventative surgery may have saved her life by detecting cancer at an early stage. Broccoli completed her treatment and is currently a co-leader of the 2015 Berkeley Heights Relay for Life event being held on June 6.
"We are looking forward to the Relay event in June," said Nelson. "Many thanks to all who've donated to our team and came out for our 'Choose your decade costume party'."
Team Bosom Buddies members: Lori Nelson, Suzanne Honey, Tammy Kozcot, Kathy Krug, Karen Bauer, Alicia Fettes, Jenelle Kozcot , Lauren Cottam, Allison LaHoff, Jennie Robertson, Donna Cassella, Dawn Switlyk, Marissa Andrew, Andrea McGuire, Laurie Gaffney, Marika DiPasquale, Sochilt Brown.