DENVILLE, NJ -- The Downtown Denville Business Improvement District (BID) held its eighth annual Pink Witches Night Out event for Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Oct. 22. Like many Downtown Denville BID events, Pink Witches Night Out showcased local businesses in and around the Broadway area. St. Clare's Hospital served as the event sponsor.
"We are very fortunate that we have members on our board who have the effort to bring these great events to our town," said Gene FitzPatrick, chair of Downtown Denville BID.
"We're here to support our community while doing this event 100 percent safely within COVID standards and social distancing, and be able to support a great cause."
For the second consecutive year, Pink Witches raised money for the Cancer Hope Network (CHN), a nonprofit organization based in Chester that provides emotional support for cancer survivors and their loved ones. Cancer survivor Cheryl Granito also is a beneficiary of the proceeds.
"Being here at Pink Witches is absolutely fantastic because cancer does not take a break," said Suzanne Leger, CHN marketing manager, from Bridgewater.
"We're happy to be back in Denville and gaining their support!"
CHN programs coordinator Maggie Koonz, from Hackettstown, shared similar sentiments.
"This is a really incredible cause," said Koonz. "The time and effort that Downtown Denville has put into this is wonderful. We feel very lucky to be a part of their community events."
Pink Witches featured a variety of entertaining activities. There were photo booths, a beer and wine garden, various downtown vendors, and dinner tables set up on Broadway for resturants.
The event even inspired Denville's young entrepreneurs to display their talents. This included 11-year-old Ella Astorino, with her five-year-old sister Evelyn and their friend, 11-year-old Maddy Eades, representing their bead and bracelet business, BEAD Co.
"Pink Witches is really fun," said Ella.
"Donating to the Cancer Hope Network is great since we know a few families who are going through cancer themselves."
Local county bands performed live music. The lineup included acoustic country and blues duo, Almost Autumn, and variety cover band, Little Nikki's Radio.
Thousands of people donned in pink, Halloween witch hats and face masks and covering showed their support for Pink Witches.
"We love our hometown," said township resident Tara Algieri, who came with her six-year-old daughter Shirley and their pet pig Harvey.
"It's so nice to get out and see friends. We love making donations to great causes and support local businesses by shopping local. And this helps our pig Harvey in socializing with people."
By the end of the night, Pink Witches Night Out collected $10,000 for Cancer Hope Network.
To learn more about Cancer Hope Network, visit https://www.cancerhopenetwork.org/.
To learn more about the Downtown Denville Business Improvement District, visit https://downtowndenville.com/.
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