Ferndale Police Go Pink for a Cause

November 20, 2018

Ferndale Police Cheif. Palazzolo, Gilda's Club Executive Director & CEO Laura Varon Brown, and Community and Engagement Officer Sgt. Brown, Cap. Emmi, and Gilda's Club Marketing and Events Manager Megan Hengesbaugh

October is breast cancer awareness month, and for the second year in a row the Ferndale Police Department decided to go pink for the cause: the department relaunched their #PinkPatch Project, a program aimed at raising awareness and funds for cancer support.

The project, coordinated by Community Engagement Officer Sgt. Baron Brown, saw the distribution of pink-hued official Ferndale Police patch key chains to community members on a first-come, first-served basis. Participating businesses agreed to donate a 10% match of the amount spent for each person who showed their patch during a purchase throughout the month of October.

The department’s coordination efforts and the generosity of local businesses and residents paid off: on Nov. 20, Brown, Chief Vinny Palazzolo, and Cap. Dennis Emmi presented a total of $600 to Gilda’s Club, a local support organization for people living with or affected by cancer. Located in a spacious, historic home in Royal Oak, Gilda’s Club offers services ranging from music and arts programs to caregiver and support groups to renowned events like Bras for a Cause.

“We have about 1,000 members a month who come through our doors,” says Megan Hengesbaugh, Gilda’s Club marketing and events manager. “We’re a support for anyone who needs it—women, men, and children who have cancer, or who’ve been personally touched by it.”

Brown says that the Police Department chose Gilda’s Club for their #PinkPatch fundraiser because of their strong support mission and the good they do within our community.

“We’re so pleased to be able to give this money to such a deserving organization,” Brown says. “And we’re incredibly grateful to the businesses and individuals who contributed and made this program possible."


Lindsey Gunsorek

Communications Specialist