PILOT MOUNTAIN — Even with showers pelting the area, a group was painting on Saturday. They painted Pilot Mountain pink.
Pilot Mountain Unites, a non-profit group, held its first Paint the Town Pink 5k run Saturday morning.
Kim Quinn, a town commissioner who helped organize the event, said all proceeds will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research.
“The run was awesome,” said Quinn. “We had a great turn-out for the first year.”
Quinn said 90 runners were registered for the race, which began at 8 a.m. at the Armfield Civic and Recreation Center. The weather may have pushed a few out of the event, but about 60 people still took part in the 5k run.
A subsequent benefit ride was cancelled due to the weather conditions.
However, the weather didn’t stop a carnival, as it was able to be entirely relocated inside at the Armfield Center.
The carnival, which included a concert, began at about 10 a.m. and ended at about 6 p.m. Saturday. However, Quin noted the carnival portion of the event was not wholly sponsored by Pilot Mountain Unites.
Proceeds from the carnival were split with Pilot Mountain’s mayor — its honorary mayor. Sonya Ganyard said Mayor Dwight Atkins gave her daughter, Santana Hull, the key to the city last year, naming her the town’s honorary mayor.
Ganyard said Santana will serve a three-year term, and while she is doing that she is raising money for the Charles H. Stone Memorial Library in Pilot Mountain.
Santana organized all of the games for the carnival, which included bounce houses and various games geared toward children, according to her mother. It’s the second year Santana has held the event, and in its first year the carnival raised more than $1,300 for the library.
In 2017 Santana will step down from her mayoral post, and an election will be held, according to Ganyard.
The other half of the proceeds from the carnival and the proceeds from the 5k run will all be handed over to the breast cancer awareness foundation.
Quinn said she gained the idea for Paint the Town Pink from a local business owner in Pilot Mountain. The woman’s sister had survived breast cancer, and she was looking to do something for breast cancer research.
“We are always looking for ways to bring more people into Pilot Mountain,” said Quinn. “She wanted to do something for breast cancer research.”
Both ideas could compliment each other, said Quinn. An event for breast cancer, which included a run and a community event, could pull people to town in support of a noble cause.
Quinn said, despite the rain, she’s happy with the turn-out. It’s something Pilot Mountain Unites plans to continue.
Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.