Springfield Falcons, Mary Kay's Pink in the Rink fundraiser earns top spot

SPRINGFIELD Last year, Independent National Sales Director Cyndee Gress stated that "a spark had started" at the Gress National Area inaugural Pink in the Rink, and their next event would "explode into a blaze." Her prediction was spot on.

Exhilaration burst in an arena that was "pinked" to the max for the second annual Pink in the Rink, at the MassMutual Center in on March 6, 2010. The partnership effort with the Springfield Falcons hockey team raised a phenomenal $27,000 for The Mary Kay Foundation more than doubling the amount raised last year and making it the top fundraiser for seminar year 2009-2010!

Falcons skated in pink jerseys, which were auctioned off post-game, the staff donned pink ties, and fans wore pink while waving custom-made pink foam fingers. A Mary Kay pink Cadillac and a pink Cadillac convertible bordered the arena entrance.

"It's a labor of love," Cyndee said. "We have the honor of perpetuating Mary Kay's legacy. The Independent Beauty Consultants and Independent Sales Directors have the heart of Mary Kay. They really banned together it was a group effort led by the brilliance of Independent Executive Senior Sales Director Jenny McNulty."

"The Springfield Falcons were awesome to work with. TD Bank stepped up to be the presenting sponsor, so we were able to donate more proceeds to the Foundation. It was an amazing joint effort of the Gress National Area with organizing help from Independent Senior Sales Director Kristie Britton and Independent Sales Director Leslie List. More than 75 percent of the area attendees drove from Connecticut, New Jersey, or New York to attend," McNulty said.

"Pink in the Rink has become an annual event throughout the American Hockey League, and we're extremely proud to join The Mary Kay Foundation to support the fight against cancer," Christopher Thompson, vice president of business development for the Falcons, said.

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