An explosion of pink took over Yelm Prairie Lanes in a funny cross between Halloween and fighting breast cancer during an event held from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26.
The proceeds — an estimated $1,500 — went to the American Cancer Society for the prevention of breast cancer. Seven teams competitively bowled, others participated in a silent auction and there was also a raffle for attendees to take home various prizes.
Bowl for Booobs was sponsored by Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Thurston County and Real Men Wear Pink. Kathy Kruize coordinated the event. Russell Knorr planned the event and is one of 11 men in Thurston County who are competing to see who can raise the most money during October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, or as they like to call it, Pinktober.
Knorr got involved in Real Men Wear Pink because his best friend’s wife died of breast cancer at a very young age.
“I helped them as much as I could. Part of the time she was sick I was deployed in Afghanistan and couldn’t do much,” he said. “I vowed that I would do something to help bring an end to breast cancer.”
He got involved with Real Men Wear Pink in a big way.
This is his second year to go all out in October.
This month, Knorr has styled his hair into a tall, pink mohawk. He also shaved the sides of his head, leaving pink ribbons of hair.
“I have to duck my head sideways when I drive because my hair stands up so high,” he said laughing.
In addition to sporting his costume breasts, he wears pink tennis shoes, pink socks and a pink watch.
“Any time I see something pink, I have to get it,” he said.
And to match he has a pink Jeep. For a $20 donation, folks can sign his Jeep, and of course the money goes to support breast cancer research.
As the teams bowled, other people could bid on the silent auction upstairs and purchase beautiful jewelry for $5 from Wendy Pyle, of Roy. She donated $1 from each sale to the cause. Knorr and Kruize procured many items for the silent auction, including gift baskets and a variety of signed professional sports merchandise.
Knorr and Kruize paused the bowling to hold a small ceremony for Evelyn Brooks, who had surgery two weeks ago for breast cancer.
They awarded her with a pink cape. Brooks was very upbeat and thankful that her surgery was successful. Her doctors told her she is now cancer free.
“My family brought me here,” she said. “I think I’m doing as well as I am because so many people were praying for me, including my doctors and nurses.”
This month, Knorr has put on other fundraisers, including a car show, a casino night complete with a drag show held in a friend’s garage and Beast Bus. Even in the midst of the Bowl for Booobs, he’s planning more events for next October.