Eat Drink PINK! returns to Oak Cliff
The breast cancer awareness and fundraising event occurs on Oct. 6.
By Amanda Albee (DALLAS MORNING NEWS)
Mammogram Poster Girls is returning to the Bishop Arts District Thursday, Oct. 6 for its tenth annual breast cancer awareness and fundraising event, Shop Eat Drink PINK!.
Two-time breast cancer conqueror, Sheri Mathis, founded Mammogram Poster Girls (MPG) to provide free mammograms to uninsured women, specifically those in the Southern sectors of Dallas-Fort Worth. Both of Mathis’ cancer diagnoses were detected via mammogram, and she believes mammograms saved her life. Raising funds for those without access or awareness is her way to fulfill the impulse she’s had to “pay it forward” since her first diagnosis, Mathis says.
Since its founding in 2018, the nonprofit has raised $175,000 and provided over 1,000 mammograms, resulting in 22 breast cancer diagnoses.
MPG focuses its initiatives in Southern Dallas because women of color in Dallas County are 1.4 times more likely to receive a late-stage diagnosis and 1.2 times more likely to die from the disease, according to research by Susan G. Komen. Hence, to aid in early detection, MPG regularly arranges for the Methodist mobile mammography unit to park in South Dallas, Oak Cliff, Cedar Hill, Duncanville, DeSoto and Lancaster. The event, called Two-Fer Tuesday, occurs on the first Tuesday of each month and provides a free mammogram and a free meal from a locally-owned nearby restaurant.
[Shop Drink Eat PINK! is hosting its 10th annual fundraising event in 2022.(Shop Drink Eat PINK!)]
Shop Eat Drink PINK! is MPG’s biggest annual fundraiser. This year, the 400 block of 8th St. will be cordoned off for a concert by Dawn and Hawkes, an indie folk Americana duo from Austin. Pizzas by Cane Rosso will be available for purchase, in addition to Mexican hot dogs and elotes from El Mero Mero Elotero, who’ll also donate a portion of sales back to MPG.
General admission tickets ($35) provide access to the concert, popcorn, and two drink tickets that can be exchanged for a glass of Stressed Vines rosé, an Oak Cliff Brewing Co. beer, a Desert Door Sotol cocktail, or a mocktail from Topo Chico.
VIP tickets ($125) include the above in addition to an inside sneak peek to the coming-soon Australian restaurant, Isla & Co. Nibbles and top-shelf cocktails sponsored by Topo Chico and Tequila 512 will be served inside the new restaurant. Reserved tables ($600) and concert-only tickets ($25) are also options.
Shopping for Shop Eat Drink PINK! includes raffle tickets with prizes from Isla & Co., Lucia, Neony Pizza, Stressed Vines, Tribal All Day Cafe, Written By the Seasons, and more. Additionally, surrounding retail stores like Oasis Plant Shop, Vessels Ceramic Shop, All Good Things, Mosaic Makers Collective and DLM Supply will dedicate a portion of sales from dedicated merchandise throughout the month of October.
Mathis says the evening will also be “a great time to mammogram ‘em,” so Methodist’s mobile unit will be present with free mammograms for uninsured women.
The wine sponsor for Shop Eat Drink PINK! is Stressed Vines. The Dallas-owned boutique winery making single-vineyard Sonoma and Napa wines will raise funds for MPG throughout breast cancer awareness month.
Beginning with Rosé All Day on Oct. 1, several restaurants where Stressed Vines is sold will donate a percentage of rosé sales. Stressed Vines will match the top donation up to $1,500. Restaurants participating in Rosé All Day include: Beckley 1115, the three Berkley’s Market locations, Beverley’s Bistro & Bar, Billy Can Can, Boulevardier, Chicken N Pickle, Encina, Hillside Tavern, Mermaid Raw Bar & Champagne Room, Paradiso, Taco y Vino, and Veritas Wine Room.
Stressed Vines is sponsoring MPG’s Dink 4 Pink! pickleball tournament at Chicken N Pickle Oct. 23. The winery will also donate $10 from every rosé bottle sale to MPG throughout the month of October.
Other restaurants will continue contributions to MPG throughout the month, as well. Beckley 1115 will have a MPG burger feature and will donate a portion of Stressed Vines rosé sales all month long. Taco y Vino will likewise continue the Stressed Vines rosé special throughout October, along with a donation from food sales on Oct. 4 at the restaurant’s monthly Loteria! event. Additionally, Isla & Co. will offer a cocktail benefitting MPG at their three east coast locations.
Follow Mammogram Poster Girls on Facebook or Instagram to stay up-to-date on future mobile mammogram events. Women without health coverage can schedule a free mammogram in the Methodist Health System network by calling 214-933-7200 and requesting a Mammogram Poster Girls grant.
Purchase tickets to Shop Eat Drink PINK! here. [ORIGINAL SOURCE DALLAS MORNING NEWS.]