Saturday, November 03, 2012
SC State’s Divine Nine Fraternal Greek Organizations are proud to present the third annual Men Against Cancer: (M.A.C) “Pink and Black Affair.” In high demand, attracting more than 900 women ranging from 13 years of age to 80 years of age, the show will be held two nights this year, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 and Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for the vendor showcase and the Pink and Black Affair will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium located on the campus of SC State University. Required attire is pink, black or all black. Ladies are only invited to attend in order to honor the women, whose lives have been stolen from the disease.
The M.A.C: “Pink and Black Affair,” is a fashion show of young men who have been impacted by from the loss or recovery of a family member, friend or community person that have battled breast cancer. Over 160 young men of SC State University, neighboring colleges and universities and community members will serve as models and ushers during the event. “The M.A.C organization is not just to increase breast cancer awareness, it is an organization whose mission is to increase awareness for all forms of cancer, among college-aged individuals,” said Brandi Wright, creator and founder of M.A.C., and an adjunct professor for the Department of Biological and Physical Sciences. “During this year’s fashion show, we will recognize and honor the life of Mrs. Josephine Robinson, a former employee at SC State University and the grandmother of two SC State University students, Sadia Robinson and Paul Robinson, III., who loss her life to ovarian cancer earlier this year,” said Wright.
Many students have also been affected by breast cancer because a loved one or friend has been a victim of the disease. William Whitehurst, a senior mathematics education student at SC State University served as the 2011-2012 M.A.C. Man of the Year, where he visited local organizations to increase awareness of breast cancer and other forms of cancer that has claimed the lives of so many individuals.
“Serving as M.A.C. Man of the Year was a privilege and an opportunity for me to meet some of the women who had overcame breast cancer. It created a platform for me to show that breast cancer is impacting more people in the African-American community. It was a very humbling experience. Participating in the M.A.C. event is something out of the norm for a former football player like me because it showed me thatcolleges are not just for higher education.” While serving as an advocate for breast cancer, Whitehurst notonly learned more about the disease, but gained insight about himself. “It is at these institutions that we learn more about one self,” said Whitehurst.
Ticket prices for the third annual M.A.C: “Pink and Black Affair” are $10 with student identification and $15 for general admission. Interested participants can purchase a V.I.P. ticket for $25, to include front row seating and attendance to a reception taking place Saturday, Nov. 3, at The Matriarch subsequent to the fashion show. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to The Regional Medical Center (TRMC) Breast Health Center, located in Orangeburg, S.C.
Want to become a breast cancer supporter, log on to www.americancancersociety.org.
For additional information about the M.A.C: “Pink and Black Affair,” contact Brandi Wright at (803) 237-2258, or you may also contact Antia L. Dawkins, public relations specialist at (803) 533-3713.