WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Police Department wants you — at least 300 of you and in a big, pink way.
The agency has joined with Walla Walla’s J.U.G.S. — Just Us Girls Sharing — to try to create the prize-winning video for the “Pink Glove Dance” competition, sponsored by Medline, a medical-supply company. The video will be shot at the track at Borleske Stadium on Thursday at 6 p.m.
The Pink Glove Dance debuted in 2009 when 200 employees of a Portland hospital danced to “Down,” by Jay Sean, for a choreographed video. Every dancer wore pink gloves to signal support of breast cancer charities. The video went viral and spawned a national movement, according to Medline’s website.
Now it’s Walla Walla’s turn, said Chalese Rabidue with the Walla Walla Department’s Domestic Violence Services.
“We need 300 people to show up in pink shirts,” she said. “Any shade of pink is fine. And we’ll supply the pink gloves. We want to make a human pink ribbon.”
Local police officers have already been busy, waving pink-gloved hands for the camera in clips that will go into the final video, she added.
The annual competition comes with a $25,000 prize for the winning video submission this year. If all goes according to plan, that money will land at Providence St. Mary Medical Center’s special needs fund for those battling breast cancer. The fund helps pay transportation and lodging costs for patients, buy wigs for chemo patients, cover drugs for symptom control and pay for other associated expenses not covered by insurance.
Second prize is $10,000 and third is $5,000.
The contest goes live Oct. 17 when people can vote for their favorite. For more information contact Rabidue at 524-4400 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.