Big Red, Incorporated will trade in their trademark crimson for pink for a day to raise donations for Pink Heals, a program that helps breast cancer victims as well as children with cancer.
The event will feature a wiffle ball tournament and the Big Red team will tee off against participating vendors.
Brigitte Gausche, assistant director of maintenance for Big Red, Inc., said the event is personal for her company.
"Rodney West, the director of maintenance, used to be a firefighter," Gausche said. "He still enjoys being involved in any events with firefighters and police officers."
Pink Heals works in conjunction with the organization Pink Fire Trucks to promote local and national tours to raise funds for breast cancer victims. The fire trucks and police cars are painted pink and the firefighters and police officers don pink uniforms. They drive the pink vehicles to different locations for fundraisers to help raise awareness and money for Pink Heals.
"Our company painted the local pink fire truck," Gausche said. "It's so neat to see it drive around town and know that we did that."
Gausche added that all the money raised at the event on May 11 will remain in the local Pink Heals charity.
"They don't just help cancer victims with doctor bills, but they help with power bills and groceries," Gausche explained.
"The money raised also helps pay for gas for the pink fire trucks and pink police cars and they pick up patients to take them to their appointments," she added. "These women with cancer already have so much to worry about. It helps to know they don't have to worry about unpaid bills or getting to the doctor."
In addition to the wiffle ball tournament and appearance by the Pink Fire Trucks, the day's schedule includes games for children, kids' relays, home run derby and more. The benefit is family friendly and will take place at Taylor Park at 1824 Pine Barren Road in Bloomingdale beginning at 11:30 a.m.
"We also have a lot of prizes to give away," Gausche said. "Our vendors have donated all kinds stuff guys enjoy like tool sets and power tools."
This year's vendors include local firefighters, police officers, as well as staff from local businesses like NAPA Auto Parts, Kimball Midwest, Apollo Staffing, StaffCo, Safety-Kleen, Snap-On, Hydrotech, Colonial, Yancey, Taylor and Pacific Cargo Control.
The event is free and open to the public. All the proceeds from the concession stand, raffle and game entry fees will go to Pink Heals.