By MATT CRANE
The Center for Breast Health and Imaging holds its third annual Pops in Pink fundraising concert 7 p.m. tonight at the Thad Cochran Research Park.
Office manager Cherri Lightsey said the center was established in 2006 and during that time she began thinking of ways to raise money for the center.
“I tried to think of a fundraiser that involved music,” Lightsey said. “I love music and theatre, and I wanted to combine them for a good cause.”
Diagnosed in 2009, Lightsey is a breast cancer survivor. She said her experiences have impacted her work and perspective.
“I know exactly how some of these women are feeling,” she said. “It’s an out of body experience.”
The money collected from ticket sales and donations will benefit the Assistance Fund for Uninsured Ladies.
“We had a lot of women coming in without insurance,” she said. “I wanted to try and impact that.”
Lightsey’s efforts paid off in the form of Pops in Pink, a night of music featuring songs from the 1950s and 1960s. The event begins at 7 p.m. serving heavy hors d’oeuvres followed by musical entertainment provided by Lyle Tate, Brad Moreland and Allan Austin.
Tate, an active member of Starkville Community Theater, said he is excited about the music selection and working with Lightsey once again.
“I think Cherri is just amazing,” Tate said. “It’s a cause close to my heart because I’ve had friends affected by this, and my mom is breast cancer survivor.”
Tate said tonight’s event will feature songs like “Under the Boardwalk,” “Son of a Preacher Man,” Dream a Little Dream of Me” and “A House is Not a Home,” to mention just a few.
Tate said the evening is a great chance for people to come together and celebrate life, and Lightsey agrees.
“There’s going to be great entertainment and great food,” she said. “But most of all, this is for a great cause.”
Pops in Pink begins at 7 p.m. tonight in the courtyard of the multi-tenant building at 1 Research Blvd. in the Thad Cochran Research Park. Tickets for the event can be purchased at the Book Mart and Cafe on Main Street or at the door for $25 for a single ticket or $40 for a couple.