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Boogie down to fight cancer at Pink and Purple Polyester Party April 10

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

MANHATTAN—Dig out your polyester bell-bottoms and platform shoes and boogie down to help Kansas State University fight cancer.

The fourth Pink and Purple Polyester Party to benefit the university's Johnson Cancer Research Center will be at 7 p.m. Friday, April 10, at Houston Street Ballroom, 427 Houston St.

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, silly games and a photo booth. A silent auction will offer a Taste of Manhattan restaurant package, spa package and sports memorabilia.

The party's founder Dave Lewis, public address announcer for Kansas State University football and men's basketball and owner of Dave Lewis Entertainment, Manhattan, will emcee the party.

Funds raised will be donated to the cancer research center in memory of Lewis' late wife, Elena, who died of breast cancer in 2006, with the goal of establishing an endowed fund in her name.

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 in pink, purple or retro. A costume contest will be conducted with a cash prize of $100 for best costume and gift cards for runners-up.

The public is invited. Registration is requested by April 3, but late registrations and walk-ins are welcome. Tickets are $60, of which $42 is tax deductible. Reserved tables for 10 are $500. Each guest receives hors d'oeuvres and two drink tickets. Information and online registration are at http://cancer.k-state.edu/newsevents/polyester.html.

Organizing the party are Lewis and his friends, Dr. Thad Schneider, chiropractor at Flint Hills Pain Management, and his wife, Shannon Schneider, a cancer survivor; John and Cindy La Barge, owners of J&C Imaging; Bobbi French, owner of G. Thomas Jewelers; Patrick Lee, owner of N Zone; and Arrica Wallace, a cancer survivor.

Major sponsors of the party are CivicPlus, Briggs Auto Group and Kansas State Federal Credit Union. More sponsors are welcome and will receive special recognition. For sponsoring information, contact Schneider at tsschneider@wamego.net or 785-844-1144.

Information and photos of past parties are available at http://cancer.k-state.edu/newsevents/polyester.html or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pinkandpurplepolyesterparty?_rdr.

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.

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Pink and Purple Polyester Party

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Marcia Locke

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Help Kansas State University fight cancer by attending the fourth Pink and Purple Polyester Party April 10 at the Houston Street Ballroom in Manhattan.