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Positively pink ... cows?

Laura Ponticello of Laura's List: Books for Women hosted the main event in the barn where all the action was and introduced Amy Dickinson, better known as syndicated advice columnist "Ask Amy" and author of "The Mighty Queens of Freeville," who attended the event and signed copies of her memoir for Creekside Books and Coffee customers.

"What I love, too, are the people who don't have a personal connection and are here anyway," Dickinson said after asking those who have a personal connection to breast cancer to clap their hands.

After the introductions were over, the stars of the event were led into the barn -- Amara and Debenair, both year-old dairy cows from the Rohe family farm on Onondaga Hill.

"We do this kind of stuff a lot," said Patrick Rohe, who came to the event with his sisters Meghan, a freshman at Marcellus High School, and Erin, the Onondaga County Dairy Princess and a freshman at Onondaga Community College.

Patrick Rohe said the family's dairy cows have been involved in events like a milking contest at the State Fair with Syracuse University head basketball coach Jim Boeheim, but this was the first time for Amara and Debenair to be the center of attention.

The first "plop" made by the cows made a winner out of Carrie Berse and the staff of Crouse Health Foundation. The prize was more than $1,000 worth of gifts including champagne glasses, a case of pinot grigio champagne, a gift certificate for two tickets to the Syracuse Opera and gift certificates for dining out.

Berse said she and other members of the foundation staff pitched in to purchase their ticket from Sharon Slater, a member of the event committee and a breast cancer survivor.

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