If you were on Kearny Ave. near the intersection at Midland Ave. on Saturday afternoon, you might have wondered about the crowd of people on the sidewalk — although all the pink ribbons and pink balloons should have given you a clue.
Folks were gathered in and about the offices of Mid-Realty, 572 Kearny Ave., for a Breast Cancer Awareness event sponsored by the agency to raise funds for two local people — a woman and a child — who are battling cancer.
“All the money will be divided between the two,” noted agency owner Jarlynn Hyde.
The first-time event was the idea of Mid-Realty agent Diane Turowski, herself a breast cancer survivor. It was held in memory of another agent, C.J. Parada, who died of cancer last year.
Every Mid-Realty agent, 50 in all, “participated in one way or another,” Hyde said.
Attendees could purchase refreshments, pink T-shirts, tote bags, bracelets and even pink hair extensions. Manicures and face-painting and temporary tattoos were available — as was a Kearny Fire Department engine for children to explore. And the KGC cheerleaders performed.
Add to that a photo booth sponsored by Investors Bank and a deejay provided by Vanguard Funding. Other sponsors included Prime Source Mortgage, First Meridian Mortgage and N.J. Lenders.