MONTCLAIR, NJ – Calvin Gaines explained that he got involved with the Real Men Wear Pink fundraiser after seeing his wife battle breast cancer. He was instrumental in locating the lump in his wife’s breast and urged the men in attendance to be a support for women.

"I want men to get involved and help out their loved ones. We need to get a message to men that supporting women is important,” said Gaines.

A local group of people hosted by Gaines gathered Tuesday at Upstairs Montclair Bar and Restaurant located at 608 Valley Road in Upper Montclair. Keith Ali was the MC of a brief program. Shivaun Gaines helped to ensure that the event ran smoothly.

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In attendance were representatives from HackensackUMC Mountainside, Former Bloomfield Councilwoman Margaret ‘Peggy’ O’Boyle Dunnigan, Former Orange Municipal Judge Sybil Elias and Bilosi Harvey. 

During a brief ceremony, Assemblyman Thomas P. Giblin was presented with a plaque for his support of Breast Cancer Research. Giblin, who lost a sister to Breast Cancer, modestly accepted the award and began commending those who put together the event. Giblin humbly accepted the award saying that he didn’t want to downplay the honor, but wanted to recognize others. He said, “I would like to recognize the organizers of this event.” He also commended the selection of the location and added, “This is a beautiful place, one of Montclair’s best kept secrets.”   

Host committee members included Mark Alexander, Ali, Chris Cerf, the Dougherty Family, Elvin Esteves, Matthew Frankel, the Gabriel brothers, Freeholder Brendan Gill, John F.X. Graham, Martin Grover, Mayor Robert Jackson, Darryl Jeffries, Aki Keneda, Bill Lee, Jonathan Lee, Michael Moog, Godfrey Payne, Jonathan Simon, Rick Thigpen, Deputy Mayor Bob Russo and Michael Zwier. The event was co-hosted by Gaines and Ron Glover.

All checks were made payable to the American Cancer Society.