Pops in Pink returns for second year
Starkville's Center for Breast Health and Imaging will host "Pops in Pink" Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in the courtyard of the Thad Cochran Research Park's Multi-Tenant Building.
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"Pops in Pink" features vocal and instrumental performances of music from the late '50s and early '60s by local singers and musicians. The concert benefits CBHI's Patient Assistance Fund, which covers mammograms for low-income women with no medical insurance.
Cherri Lightsey, office manager at CBHI, said the community and the center need the Patient Assistance Fund, and it has already helped several patients.
"Since its inception, we probably have been able to assist 60 to 75 ladies," Lightsey said. "This fund is very young, probably 3 or 4 years old."
Lightsey said this year's event will be similar to the inaugural "Pops in Pink" held last year. She said she has a personal preference for music from the '50s and '60s, and that music fits the event's courtyard setting. She said she could not yet confirm which songs would be performed.
"Of course there's going to be different music and a few different singers," Lightsey said. "Some are coming back, and we're adding a few. I think we have more food this year."
The main event will actually start at about 7:15 p.m, Lightsey said, with instrumental performances leading into the show to serve as a backdrop as people enjoy hors d'oeuvres provided by Friends of the Center. The performers include Carol Sorenson, Elaine Byrd, Brad Moreland, Madeline Golden, Mu Etua, Cherri Lee Golden, Brenda Mayo, John Brocato and Rick Jordan.
Lightsey said the event was a success last year.
"I had far more than I expected," Lightsey said. "I was thrilled, and everyone had great fun."
Tickets are available in advance at CBHI, DC Music in Columbus and Petal Pushers in West Point. Advance tickets cost $25 for one and $35 for two, and tickets cost $30 for one and $40 for two at the door. Lightsey said audiences suggested the idea of discounts for pairs of tickets last year.
"People come with their friends," Lightsey said. "Bring a friend and come have an evening of food and music and outdoor venues."
For $10 each, audiences can also buy raffle tickets for valuable prizes, including a spa package at Avant Garde Salon and a platter from Good Earth Pottery. The big prize is a pair of tickets to see The Righteous Brothers' Bill Medley in concert at the Mississippi State University Riley Center in Meridian, packaged with dinner for two at Weidmann's Restaurant and a free night's stay at the Meridian Hilton Garden Inn.