Portland, OR -- The voices of Jazz singers Marilyn Keller and Laura Cunard will fill the halls of Augustana Lutheran Church on February 3 in honor of those who have fought for their lives, and survived.
Pinks and All That Jazz, scheduled for Saturday, February 3, is a benefit for Portland’s own Pink Phoenix™ Dragon Boat Team, a group made up entirely of breast cancer survivors.
Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Augustana Lutheran Church, 2710 NE 14th Street, Portland, OR 97212
Individuals, $20 each; two for $35, or $25 at the door.
Pink Phoenix™ Dragon Boat Team is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a volunteer board and no paid employees. Pink Phoenix™ is a member of DragonSports USA, the Pacific Dragon Boat Association and the International Breast Cancer Paddlers' Commission. More at http://www.pinkphoenix.org.
Dorothy Atwood started the team more than two decades ago in order to demonstrate the quality of life breast cancer survivors can achieve. Although she had not battled the disease herself, Atwood, an avid dragon boat paddler, believed that the team could promote wellness, fitness, fun and camaraderie through the sport. She assembled the Pink Phoenix™ in 1997 and the team began competing the following year with 29 members.
Coincidentally, it was 1997 when vocalist Marilyn Keller joined Black Swan Classic Jazz Band, quickly establishing a loyal following in the Dixieland and Ragtime scene. Today, Marilyn is a well-respected vocalist, recording artist, and teacher. The list of places she performs includes a regular Sunday appearance in the Jazz Worship Service at Augustana Lutheran Church.
The connection between Keller and Pink Phoenix is personal. Two of the members of the team also attend Augustana Lutheran Church. Sue Best and Carol Reitz, both cancer survivors, have been fans of Keller’s for many years. Recently, the two attended a fundraiser at the church and had an opportunity to bid on a Jazz concert offered by Keller and Laura Cunard. When Best and Reitz secured the winning bid at the auction, they were delighted to pay it forward, using the concert as a way to raise funds for their Pink Phoenix teammates.
Keller is performing with fellow Jazz singer Laura Cunard in support of the women who, despite their challenges, continue to grow and push themselves to live a full and healthy life.
Since 1997, Pink Phoenix™ has grown from 29 original members to a team of over 90 women. The first dragon boat team of its kinds in the United States, Pink Phoenix™ has raced in Rose Festival every year since 1997.
Lori Godfrey, President of Pink Phoenix™, said the group provides “social, emotional and spiritual support for breast cancer survivors, and strives to provide hope to those newly diagnosed.”
Godfrey adds, “recent research indicates exercise can also keep cancer from recurring.”
“I hope the Pink Phoenix team will remind women to have mammograms regularly and to do self-exams,” she said. “ Early detection saves lives. “