Friday, October 25, 2013
WALLA WALLA — Think pink. Then vote.
Organizers of a video submitted for the Medline Industry’s national Pink Glove Dance competition hope everyone does.
If the Walla Walla clip brings home the top prize, $25,000 will go to Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center to support the needs of breast cancer patients.
The local video — featuring a chorus line of dancing Walla Walla police, among other area groups and individuals — went live Friday at 10 a.m. Voting is open until Nov. 8; people can vote once a day by visiting the contest's website. Winners will be announced Nov. 15.
The Pink Glove Dance began in 2009, when 200 dancing-pink-glove-wearing employees at a Portland hospital created a video to the song, “Down” by Jay Sean, in support of breast cancer awareness.
“After it was posted on YouTube, the video went viral,” said Kathleen Obenland, director of public affairs at Providence St. Mary Medical Center. That initial effort has received more than 13 million hits and spawned a national sensation. The competition was launched shortly afterward.
This year Walla Walla wanted in. A joint effort by Walla Walla Police Department employees and JUGS — Just Us Girls Sharing — resulted in 91 seconds of a musical narrative of the life of a girl, videographed by Angie Gibson.
Viewers watch the girl learn to walk, learn to drive and finally learn to deal with cancer at age 26, to the tune of “Brave,” by Sara Barielles, one of the permitted songs in the contest.
All the while she is watched over by her guardian angel who wears fuzzy white wings and shades.
And, of course, pink gloves.
Last year’s winning submission received more than 14,000 votes, Obenland said.
By the numbers, the Walla Walla effort took:
500 pink gloves.
More than a month to produce.
600 volunteers, including the Walla Walla High School football team and cheerleaders, staff from St. Mary Regional Cancer Center, Walla Walla Police Department officers and staff, and members of JUGS.
Sheila Hagar can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 526-8322.