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Open to all—crafters, artists and non-artists alike—the contest offers a fun way for individuals and families to express their creativity using the color pink while also supporting the many therapeutic services offered at Cancer House of Hope for those affected by cancer in our own community.
The contest begins Thursday, October 1, and is open for submissions through Wednesday, October 28. Judging will take place on Friday, October 30, with an announcement of winners in each respective category to follow.
Here’s how the submission process works:
The cost to enter a pumpkin to the contest is $10 per pumpkin, which can be paid online or by checks made payable to Cancer House of Hope. Please send checks to the Cancer House of Hope at 1999 Westfield St., West Springfield, MA 01089.
Once paid, submit a photo of decorated pumpkins to firstname.lastname@example.org and then deliver to Cancer House of Hope. If you’d like to coordinate your drop off with a staff member, please call the Cancer House of Hope in advance at 413-733-1858. If you are not able to drop-off your pumpkin, you may simply submit a photo instead.
All proceeds from the contest will support the services and therapies offered by Cancer House of Hope that bring comfort, care, strength and hope to those affected by cancer and their loved ones at no cost. Due to COVID-19, in-person services are not currently taking place at the House, and many programs are taking place in a virtual setting, including yoga for cancer recovery, mindfulness and meditation, art therapy, men’s and women’s support groups, one-to-one counseling, wig consultations, and more. Learn more.
Prizes and Categories
A $50 gift card prize will be awarded to one participant (3 total) whose pumpkin wins in each following categories: pinkest pumpkin, most creative, and most spirited in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“Throughout the month of October, we want the Cancer House of Hope to be a shining beacon of hope for all breast cancer patients and survivors, and all who have been touched by cancer in some way. While we’re all traversing a difficult time, especially those who are affected by cancer, it’s our hope that this can be a safe and engaging activity for not only our program participants but the wider community.”
-Margaret Toomey, Program Director