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K-State Today

October 10, 2011

Party with a purpose: Dave Lewis' Pink and Purple Polyester Party supports K-State cancer research

Submitted by Communications and Marketing

Dave Lewis, public address announcer for Kansas State University football and men's basketball games and a Riley County commissioner, is ready to throw another party to benefit K-State's Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research.

Lewis will host and emcee the second annual Pink and Purple Polyester Party to raise funds for the center and celebrate the life of his late wife, Elena, who died of breast cancer in 2006. The party will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at the Houston Street Ballroom, 427 Houston St.

"I wanted to honor Elena by creating a scholarship endowment for cancer research in her name," said Lewis, a member of the center's advisory council.

"This is very personal for our family because of Elena's fight against cancer and because two of her sisters are breast cancer survivors," Lewis said. "Also, we all have daughters, and I want to support the center's mission to conquer cancer in our lifetime for their sakes."

The party's theme is reflected in its name. Lewis said pink represents breast cancer, purple represents K-State and polyester represents the atmosphere he will create: the era of the late 1960s to early 1980s. Partygoers are encouraged to dress the era, but costumes are not required.

The party will feature music and dancing, a photo booth, silent auction, elegant appetizers, a cash bar and more. The public is invited. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased using the reservation form at http://www.cancer.k-state.edu/news-events/170 or by calling the center at 785-532-6705.

K-State's Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research supports basic cancer research, education, training and public outreach. Its programs are made possible through private donations.