WALLA WALLA — People here have the right to be proud, hands down, said Chalise Rabidue of the Walla Walla Police Department.
Although local efforts to win money for Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center through the annual Pink Glove Dance video competition did not bring home the bucks, the first-time attempt garnered 12,242 online votes and admirers from elsewhere, Rabidue said.
“I just received an email from a lady in Virginia today telling me how wonderful she found the video, that it was so creative,” Rabidue said. “She said, ‘It was the winner to me.’ ”
The video submitted by WWPD employees and Just Us Girls Sharing members came in eighth place nationally, bested by submissions that brought in a range of 17,777 votes to nearly 100,000.
First, second and third place winners had monetary prizes attached, and the hope was that Walla Walla could cash in on that to meet needs of local breast cancer patients.
The contest, however, is won by vote count.
“I think a community our size, we’re competing with such bigger cities,” Rabidue pointed out. “Our goal was to get 1,000 votes a day, based on years past, but I think the competition has gained momentum, gotten more popular.”
More than 80,000 people across the nation participated in videos and more than 600,000 votes came in for 108 entries, according to Medline marketing officials. The entries were viewed online 20 million times and first place winner, with 95,623 votes, was Geisinger Health System of Danville, Pa.
Altogether, submissions brought in $2.2 million for breast cancer education and prevention, Rabidue said.
The collaboration between law enforcement, health care providers and the community was priceless, she added.
“I think our video was definitely the best when it came to telling the story of a breast cancer survivor. It was a great experience. We couldn’t be more proud of the video we prepared for the competition.”
Sheila Hagar can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 526-8322.