5225 Library Rd. #223 Bethel Park, PA 15102

The History of The Pink Pamper

 

It all started one evening in 2008 with a few great friends, some good wine and a heart-to-heart discussion. These friends shared a mutual desire to make a difference for others especially women who have been diagnosed with cancer. That evening, the idea of designing a non-profit for that specific purpose was born. Soon thereafter, that idea became a larger vision that became The Pink Pamper, a 501(C)(3) whose top priority was to support women with cancer. Women who desperately needed extra encouragement during a very difficult time in their lives and who, quite often, also needed help paying for things like prescription copays, healthy organic foods, gas for their cars and natural-looking prosthetic wigs.

In the beginning, this group of passionate friends began to raise money by taking their rather unique concept for a “Health and Beauty Fair” to the ground floor of a local Crowne Plaza Hotel. Their idea was to turn one of the hotel’s ballrooms into a combination of a shopping day and a pampering spa day. The event also included hip fashion designs, food and entertainment. In addition, guests could watch as models walked by in outfits the clothing vendors had provided. There were many gift baskets and auction items that attendees could bid on. All the items for the auction were 100% donated by the sponsors.

The money raised from these fairs, which continued annually for 5 years, supported the UPMC Cancer Center Patient Assistance Fund. This fund provided money and resources to cancer patients for things that were not typically covered by health insurance. Some examples are copays, deductibles, groceries, gas and prosthetic wigs.

The success of the Health and Beauty Fairs grew over the years with both attendance and money raised. That success inspired The Pink Pamper to explore other opportunities for fundraising. In 2014 and 2015, they partnered with a local Macy’s store and held an event within the store called “Sip, Sample and Save.” This after-hours event allowed ticket holders to shop until they dropped as they enjoyed tremendous savings throughout the store. The lucky shoppers also loved being able to visit a variety of restaurant and spirit vendors stationed around the store. Then, in 2015, the first-ever casino night which was called “Blackjack and All That Jazz” was held. It received rave reviews from the guests, vendors and sponsors and was held again in 2016.

May of 2017 saw the inaugural Bubble Ball Event which was held at The Carnegie Science Center to raise money for the recently created HaLo Fund, which benefited women that were dealing with hair loss resulting from chemotherapy. The event included plenty of food, shopping, dancing and fun activities for girls of all ages. The 2018 Bubble Ball moved to the Circuit Center and Ballroom in the South Side of Pittsburgh. This event featured the first “Woman of Courage Award” and was presented to WTAE-TV News Anchor Kelly Frye for her battle with breast cancer.

As time went on, The Pink Pamper not only ramped up its fundraising efforts but also expanded its efforts to help these women and their families by establishing new funds. The G.I.F.T. Fund, which stands for Getting Involved for Women in Treatment, was established to help patients currently undergoing treatment with gift shopping for their families during the holiday season. The HaLo Fund was established to help women who had experienced the trauma of hair loss due to chemotherapy by providing a $350 voucher towards the purchase of a beautiful, natural-looking wig.

Everyone who has been involved with The Pink Pamper, feels strongly that God puts certain people in our lives for a particular reason. It may last for just a moment, for a season or perhaps a lifetime. No matter the reason that person was put there or how long or short our association was with them, everyone at The Pink Pamper is very grateful for every single one of them. We want all of our friends to know how much we appreciate all of their time, treasure and talent they gave.

With sincere gratitude,

Marian Geisler
Founder and President
The Pink Pamper