Erick Miller wants to turn 7 Cedars Casino’s nightclub pink for a night.
Miller, the driving force behind Club Seven’s monthly color-themed parties, planned the Pink Party for the Cure as this month’s theme for a personal reason.
In 2006, his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. When she lost her hair from the cancer treatment, he shaved his head. A year later, she entered remission and now he wants to raise money for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation, which supports breast cancer research and patient services.
“There are lots of cancer support groups in this area,” he said. Some give women wigs and teach them how to do their makeup and help them feel beautiful after they lose their hair, Miller said.
In 2010, the Komen foundation helped 100,000 breast cancer patients and their families, according to www.komen.org.
Miller said he presented the idea of turning the Pink Party into a fundraiser and the casino agreed to donate $5 for each of the first 200 people to arrive at the party wearing pink.
While it isn’t required to wear pink to the party, it is encouraged so everyone remembers why they’re there — to raise awareness about breast cancer, he said.
Olympic Medical Center will have a table with information on breast cancer, mammograms, free mammogram programs for low- income women and items to giveaway, Miller said.
So far, more than 200 people have sent RSVPs to the Facebook invitation and Miller expects more than 200 will attend.
The party will feature “Mr. Pink,” a musical act created by the men behind the Spazmatics and the Afrodisiacs, covering female-sung-favorites by Aretha Franklin, Madonna, Lady Gaga and more.
The Pink Party for the Cure is free and open to anyone older than 21, whether or not they RSVP or wear pink. The party starts at 9 p.m. Oct. 15 at 7 Cedars Casino, five miles east of Sequim on U.S. Highway 101.