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Positively pink ... cows?

Saturday afternoon couldn't have turned out nicer for Fayetteville resident Jennifer Tom.

Tom, a breast cancer survivor and the face of Positively Pink Packages, was on hand for Pink Cow Bingo at the red barn on County Line Road just south of Andrews Road in Skaneateles and was in awe at the turn out for the event.

The event offered the community a fun afternoon out of the house and also gave them an opportunity to show their support for breast cancer awareness.

"I came from Connecticut just for this event," said Shelly Gambino, a summer Skaneateles resident who found herself on the planning committee for the event.

The committee, which included seven women from the community, brainstormed frequently to come up with new and exciting events to be held alongside the main fundraiser. Those ideas included a porta potty decorating contest, pony rides by the Claire Affleck Training Center, having motivational humorist and national speaker Yvonne Conte act as a guest judge and "Chairity," an auction of chairs that were painted by breast cancer survivors with their stories inscribed on the furniture.

The porta potty decorating contest involved various members of the business community, like The Dealer Auto Sales, and Onondaga County Legislator Jim Rhinehart.

As a breast cancer supporter, Rhinehart said he was more than happy to participate when asked by Sue Dove, executive director of the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce. At 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Rhinehart said participants were already on site busily decorating their potties.

As for the main event, Rhinehart said cow bingo is a pretty neat idea.

"We did one at the Ski Hill about 20 years ago," he said, noting its success and the amount of work that goes into such an event. "It's easier when I'm not running it."

Rhinehart, who was donned in a pink shirt and hat, added the event was for a great cause and always brings out a lot of people.

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