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DEERFIELD BEACH PAINTS THE TOWN PINK

KICKOFF PARADE

11:30 a.m. Sunday, October 9, 2011

Quiet Waters Park

401 S. Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach 33442

Pink fire engines and pink patrol cars will be the center of attention as they parade through Deerfield Beach this Sunday for the Broward Sheriff’s Office Pink Heals Tour 2011, raising awareness and funds for cancer charities.

The Pink Heals Tour was first brought to Broward County in 2010 by firefighters from then-Deerfield Beach Fire Rescue (now, proudly part of the Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue family). In continuing this tradition, BSFR, the International Association of Firefighters Local 4321 and the city of Deerfield Beach have planned a day-long, family fun event that, in addition to the parade, includes free entertainment, health screenings, food for purchase by local vendors and a survivor celebration.

Riding in the parade will be BIG 105.9’s Paul Castronovo and his wife Gina, a cancer survivor, Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue Chief Neal de Jesus and Deerfield Beach elected officials. The parade will depart Quiet Waters Park at 11:30 a.m. and proceed north on Powerline Road, east on Hillsboro Boulevard and travel along the beach to the main beach parking lot located in front of BSFR Station 75 at South Ocean Way and Southeast First Street. Sheriff Al Lamberti will be joined by Dave Graybill, founder of the Pink Heals National Tour, Paul and Gina Castronovo, and other dignitaries for the opening ceremonies at 12:30 p.m. to officially start the day’s events, which include a fire truck pull, Police Athletic League boxing match from 1 – 3 p.m. (tickets for the match are $15 to benefit the Children’s Cancer Caring Center) and a free concert from entertainer Amber Leigh at 2 p.m. Luminaries on the beach honoring cancer survivors and victims at 7 p.m. will close the event.

There will also be fire rescue and law enforcement equipment displays and demonstrations, a car show, kids play area with bounce house and other family-oriented events. For more information on the Pink Heals Tour 2011, visit www.pinkhealsdb.com or www.pinkfiretrucks.org.

This report by:
Mike Jachles/PIO
10/06/11 1330

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