It’s only a coincidence that the 11th annual Pink Ribbon Ball, to be held on the 11th day of February, has adopted a Las Vegas theme.

Organizers are hoping that 11 is a lucky number in their efforts to raise tens of thousands of dollars for the American Cancer Society’s battle against breast cancer.

Dinner, dancing, gaming opportunities and auctions will be featured. Items gathered from nearly 100 merchants and sponsors in Cambria and Somerset counties will be part of the ball, said co-chairwoman Rose Pinkerton of Westmont.

The ball, which is black-tie optional, will be held at Sunnehanna Country Club, 1000 Sunnehanna Drive, Westmont.

Tickets are $90 a person and include a cocktail hour at 6 p.m., followed by a dinner at 7:15.

An auction preview begins at 5:30 for those wanting to scrutinize the items.

The Pink Ribbon Ball attracts a crowd of about 250.

Pinkerton, who has been associated with all

11 balls, said she is encouraged by the progress made in the fight against breast cancer.

“Great strides are being made and that can be attributed to all the different groups who have banded together to battle this disease,” Pinkerton said.

“I’m proud that our community has been part of that effort and I believe we are making a difference.”

In keeping with the motto of Las Vegas, Kay Cooper of Westmont, another co-chairwoman and a breast-cancer survivor, said, “What happens at the ball, stays at the ball.”

“We are hoping that people have the same attitude they had last year when we did a Mardi Gras theme,” Cooper said.

“We don’t want people to come in and keep their hands in their pockets. We want them to enjoy our gaming opportunities and take something home to remember the evening.”

Musical entertainment will be provided by Bo Wagner’s “Let’s Be Frank” Las Vegas-style show. Wagner will pay tribute to Old Blue Eyes.

Wagner has been singing and performing since the late 1960s.

He was asked to join the international recording group The Four Coins. Wagner assumed the role of lead singer – fine tuning the group into one of the top touring acts in the country.

The Four Coins were a mainstay in the major casinos of Las Vegas and Reno and the resorts of Lake Tahoe.

When the group disbanded in the early 1980s, Wagner joined The Vogues. He was that group’s lead singer for more than 20 years.

Cooper has seen Wagner’s show at the Lamplighter Restaurant in Murrysville, Westmoreland County, and was impressed.

“It’s a fun evening,” she said. “From his characterization to his verbalization, Bo has Sinatra’s persona down to a tee.”

Bids will be tendered on a number of items at the silent and live auctions.

Auctioneers are John and Connie Mellott of Windber.

Antiques, gift certificates, men’s items and jewelry are some of the things on which patrons can tender a bid.

Pinkerton said the benefit gala raises more than $40,000 for breast-cancer research.

Proceeds from the event go to the Cambria County Unit of the American Cancer Society, which covers Cambria, Somerset and Bedford counties.

“Some of the money will be used locally for education programs and the rest will go for research,” Pinkerton said.

“In a lifetime, one out of eight women will get breast cancer. It can affect anyone.”

Advance tickets can be reserved by calling the American Cancer Society at 266-0263.



Tom Lavis can be reached at 532-5054 or tlavis@tribdem.com.

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