Seventh annual disco party to support Kansas State University cancer research April 6
Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018
Retro-costumed attendees of the 2017 Pink and Purple Polyester Party pause for a photo while enjoying live music from Disco Dick and the Mirrorballs, of Kansas City. This year's event will be at 7 p.m. Friday, April 6, at the K-State Alumni Center. | Download this photo.
MANHATTAN — Dig out your polyester bell-bottoms and platform shoes to disco for a cure at the seventh annual Pink and Purple Polyester Party presented by CivicPlus at 7 p.m. Friday, April 6, at the K-State Alumni Center, 1720 Anderson Ave. The party benefits Kansas State University's Johnson Cancer Research Center.
Entertainment will include a live performance by Kansas City band Disco Dick and the Mirrorballs, as well as the Off the Hook bra art contest between local businesses. The party will also offer a costume contest, fun photo station and more food than ever, including heavy hors d'oeuvres, late-night munchies and a cash bar.
The party's founder, Dave Lewis, Manhattan, public address announcer for K-State football and men's basketball, program director for KMAN radio and owner of Dave Lewis Entertainment, will emcee the party, which celebrates the life of his late wife, Elena, who died of breast cancer in 2006.
According to Lewis, the party's name conveys its theme: pink represents breast cancer, purple represents Kansas State University and polyester represents the disco era. Partygoers are encouraged to dress retro or in pink or purple. A cash prize of $100 will be awarded for best costume.
The public is invited. Registration is requested by March 30, but late registrations and walk-ins are welcome. Cost is $60 per person or $500 for a reserved, 10-person table and sponsorship recognition. Admission includes two drink tickets. Information and links to photos and online registration are at cancer.k-state.edu/newsevents/polyester.html.
Complementing the party will be the third annual Off the Hook Bra Crawl event, sponsored by Gaia SalonSpa, starting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, in downtown Manhattan. Participants will enjoy food and drink specials at multiple restaurants, play games and preview bras decorated by local businesses for the Off the Hook bra art contest at the Pink and Purple Polyester Party.
Off the Hook Bra Crawl tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. They are available at Gaia SalonSpa, 421 Poyntz Ave., by calling 785-539-2622, or online at offthehookbracrawl.ticketleap.com/offthehookbracrawl/. All proceeds will benefit the Johnson Cancer Research Center.
Major sponsors of the Pink and Purple Polyester Party include CivicPlus, Manhattan Surgical Hospital/Central Kansas Cancer Center and Manhattan Broadcasting. Sponsors are still being sought and will receive special recognition. For information on sponsoring, contact Thad Schneider at firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-844-1144.
Organizers of the party are Lewis; Schneider and his wife Shannon Schneider, a cancer survivor, who are owners of Flint Hills Pain Management and The Storage Company; John and Cindy La Barge, owners of J&C Imaging; Bobbi French, owner of G. Thomas Jewelers; Patrick Lee, owner of N Zone and a cancer survivor; Missy Tener; Abby Wempe; and Brandi Butler.
The Johnson Cancer Research Center supports Kansas State University faculty and student cancer research and training as well as public outreach. Its programs are made possible by private donations.