CLOVIS – When the California Alcoholic Beverage Control Agents (CABCA) first partnered with the Pink Patch Project in September, the agents had no idea what to expect, other than a beautiful pink patch sold and worn to raise awareness and money to help in the fight against breast cancer.
“We kept the sale of the patches limited to the department,” said CABCA President Kevin Highbaugh. “So, we ordered two hundred to begin with. Almost immediately we were ordering hundreds more. This allowed us to raise money for a charity of our choice that helps cancer patients, or assists in research. One of the cancer survivors in our department, Lori Kohman, chose Pink Heals Inc.”
On November 16, 2017, Highbaugh, along with CABCA Member Lori Kohman, and several other ABC staff members, traveled to the Clovis Fire Department Training Facility to present Pink Heals Inc. with a check for $2,500.
Pink Heals is a program that partners with public safety, local businesses and families to bring a community together. It provides love and support to patients and their families, so they do not feel alone in their fight against cancer.
“Cancer sucks, no question,” said Kohman. “But good things can come out of it, like Pink Heals and the work it does to help.”
“Pink Heals is a fun and great support system and we are so excited we are able to contribute to their efforts to bring smiles and encouragement to cancer patients and their families,” said Highbaugh.
California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) agents, licensing representatives and other employees joined more than 190 public safety agencies across the country that proudly partnered with the Pink Patch Project this year.
The Pink Patch Project is a national movement to raise awareness and money to help in the fight against breast cancer.
“This was a great way for all of us to show we care and that we are willing to take the extra steps to raise and donate money to help in the fight against a cancer that affects the women we care about,” said Highbaugh. “Our moms, our wives, our sisters, our daughters, our aunts, our nieces – who wouldn’t want to help out?”
CABCA purchased the patches and ABC agreed that, during the month of October, agents could wear the patches under their tactical vests and sell the patches to agents and non-sworn personnel in the department.