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Carrie Bishop, manager for McLaren Breast Center, left, and Mary Melega, senior center programmer, with purses donated to Pink and Pampered, Oct. 17. Photo by Phil Custodio (click for larger version)
October 05, 2011 - Independence Township Senior Adult Activity Center hosts Pink and Pampered, 4-8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 17, at the Carriage House.

They will offer manicures, eyebrow waxing, massages, virtual makeovers, hair feathers, and other services for $10 each.

"It's one stop-shopping," said Mary Melega, senior center programmer.

Services are offered by local vendors, most involved since the beginning.

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"It's a fun evening out," said Carrie Bishop, manager for McLaren Breast Center, McLaren Regional Medical Center, 5701 Bow Pointe Drive Suite 255.

New services for all ages this year include henna tattoos, which wash off, and hair feathers, Melega said.

"They weave them into your hair," she said. "People are excited about that."

"It's really popular," Bishop said. "I'm glad to see them involved."

A portion of proceeds will be donated to POH Riley Foundation for mammography services at McLaren Breast Center, which provides mammograms for uninsured women in Oakland County, and GLCI Clarkston Foundation, providing transportation to patients in need.

The event also includes a boutique recycled purse and jewelry sale, with all proceeds going to the Riley Foundation. Drop off slightly used purses and jewelry for the sale to Mary Melega at the senior center.

The fund raiser is planned during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

"It's another way to remind the community to get mammograms," Bishop said.

Attendance increased from about 30 in its first year to about 60 last year.

"This project has really grown," Melega said.

A new time, 4-8 p.m., is more convenient for people coming home from work, she said.

The event includes free appetizers, Amy's Blend Coffee donated by Caribou Coffee, and smoothie and pie samples donated by Divine Nutrition.

No sign-up is required before the event, but people can sign up when they arrive.

POH Riley Foundation fund raising events and programs also include Sister and Sister Free Mammogram, POH Riley Scholars, OsteoCHAMPS, and POH Children's Clinic.

For more information, call 248-625-8231.

Phil is editor for The Clarkston News. He is a veteran of the first Iraq war, having served in the U.S. Army.
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