A capacity crowd of women will proclaim the power of pink.
The sixth annual Taunia Oechslin Girls Night Out will be held Tuesday at Pasquerilla Conference Center,
301 Napoleon St. in downtown Johnstown.
Doors will open at 5 p.m., and dinner will be served at 6:30.
The event raises money for the Joyce Murtha Breast Care Center, and proceeds are used toward increasing breast cancer awareness and ensuring cutting-edge breast care for women in the community.
Meghan Stahl-Skinner, chairwoman of the event, said this year’s record sellout took place in 11⁄2 weeks.
“We started at Anthony’s with 225 the first year, then had 250 at UPJ and 500 at Richland Fire Hall,” Stahl-Skinner said. “Since we’ve been at Pasquerilla, we’ve had 750, and this year, it’s 780.”
Joyce Murtha will host a VIP hour beginning at 3:45 when women will have the opportunity to speak with her.
“We all know women who have been affected by this terrible disease and have seen the impact this disease has on those stricken and on their families,” Stahl-Skinner said.
She added that the cancer society will roll out its Take the Pink Pledge Campaign that night.
Those who attend will receive a hand-painted wine glass.
Pink pearl necklaces, specially designed bracelets and Taunia Oechslin Girls Night Out
T-shirts will be available for purchase.
Raffle tickets will be available for women’s magazine-sponsored beauty baskets and a golf cart.
A photo booth will be set up in the lobby for women who want their picture taken with friends.
Girls Night Out began in 2007 as a small “pay it forward” project by Taunia Oechslin, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 36 and lost her battle in 2009.
“It was her goal that every woman is educated about breast cancer,” said Stahl-Skinner, who was a friend of Oechslin.
The event has raised more than $270,000 for the Joyce Murtha Breast Care Center.