Vegas thinks pink for month of October

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, several properties off and on the Las Vegas Strip host pink-themed events and dining specials. More than just a fun and frilly girly color, pink also represents hope. Now through the end of the month, enjoy pink all while contributing to a worthy cause.

Project Pink

Station Casinos hosts its third annual “Project Pink” through the month of October, benefitting the Southern Nevada Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The specials include the following:

“Pink Pastries” at the Grand Café: Nosh on a variety of exclusively created desserts such as pink ribbon French macaroons, pink ribbon cookies, caramel apples (pictured above), pink ribbon cheesecake lollipops, strawberry cheesecake, peanut brittle, brownies and cookies, to name a few. These goodies will be available at all seven Grand Café locations including Boulder Station, Green Valley Ranch resort, Palace Station, Red Rock Resort, Santa Fe Station, Sunset Station and Texas Station. The pink pastries start at $1.25 each. Fifty percent of all proceeds will be donated to charity.

Pink Fajitas and sopapillas served at all Mexican Restaurants: Enjoy traditional fajitas in pink flour tortillas (chicken, steak and shrimp) and sopapillas (a deep fried dough dessert tossed in cinnamon sugar and served with honey).  In addition, all Mexican restaurants serve complimentary tortilla chips and salsa with pink chips mixed in the bowl.  Cabo locations include Aliante Station, Boulder Station, Palace Station, Santa Fe Station and Sunset Station. Garduño’s is located inside Fiesta Rancho and Amigo’s is located inside Fiesta Henderson. $1 from every pink fajita or sopapilla order will be donated to the local charity.

Red Rock’s executive pastry chef Jaret Blinn developed Project Pink in 2010. Together with the executive team at Red Rock Resort, they became active in the fight against breast cancer after Blinn’s mother lost her battle with the disease. Thanks to the public’s overwhelming response, the company expanded those efforts to all Grand Café locations. Now there’s an even greater awareness for the fight against breast cancer.

Other participating venues within the Station Casinos include spas and designated blackjack and poker tables.

Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood turns its fountain pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Make a wish: All change tossed in the pink fountain benefits the Southern Nevada Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure as part of the center’s Caring, Giving, Changing community campaign.

All month long, the fountain displays a pink hue in between regularly scheduled water shows. Coins tossed in the popular water feature and the center’s indoor rainstorm will be donated to the charity. Regularly scheduled water shows take place at the top of every hour from noon to 11 p.m.

In addition to the fountain, several stores inside Miracle Mile Shops support Breast Cancer Awareness Month with their own specials and fundraisers, including:

Brighton Collectibles: $10 from the sale of every Brighton Collectibles “Power of Pink” bracelet ($50) goes toward St. Rose Dominican Hospitals’ Responsible Early Detection (R.E.D.) Rose Program in partnership with Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Bracelets are available while supplies last. Brighton also encourages customers to host a “pink party” at the store. Ten percent of each party’s purchases will benefit the customer’s breast cancer charity of choice.

Cheeseburger Las Vegas: This October, Cheeseburger Las Vegas features a special menu featuring pink wraps and chips. $1 from the sale of each menu item will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

GUESS Accessories: Purchase a contemporary silver chronograph watch with a pink ribbon face ($100) and GUESS Accessories will donate $40 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

The Walking Company: Up to 20 percent of the proceeds from featured brands including ABEO, Dansko, ECCO and UGG benefit City of Hope  and local charties. Limited edition Pink Ribbon UGGs are available in store while supplies last.

White House | Black Market: This October, White House | Black Market features a Give Hope Collection. The store will donate $10 from the sale of each Give Hope bracelet and $20 from the sale of each T-shirt to Living Beyond Breast Cancer. With every $10 donation to Living Beyond Breast Cancer, you’ll  receive 10 percent off your total purchase. Black Book members receive an additional five percent off on top of the 10 percent discount.

Shopping is therapeutic, so imagine how much better it’ll feel when it goes toward a good cause. Get ready to bring home the pink!

Hash House A Go Go

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Hash House A Go Go supports participatipants in a Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk in one of 13 cities across the U.S. This year’s fundraising efforts will go to “The Knocker Walkers for Teri’s Tatas” team headed by Las Vegan Carol Broeland, a multiple-year walker.

Created by Chef Anthony Vidal, the “Cake for the Cure” pancake includes the restaurant’s famous batter and fresh fruits including raspberries, cherries, cranberries, pomegranate and strawberries. In traditional Hash House style, the oversized pancakes even have  a pinkish hue. For the entire month of October, the restaurants will donate $1 from the sale of every “Cake for the Cure” pancake to the fundraising efforts.

Visit Hash House A Go Go inside Imperial Palace, M Resort or Plaza hotel in Downtown. The neighborhood Hash House is located on the west side of town, on  6800 W. Sahara Ave.

Hard Rock rocks pink

Hard Rock hotel paints the town pink and invites guests to join the fight for a cure with specials at Pink Taco and 35 Steaks + Martinis, with proceeds benefitting Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk.  Additionally, Love Jones offers a unique ring symbolizing the strength of women. A percentage of the sales help The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Give back with Pink Taco’s Breast Cancer Awareness menu. Selections include zesty all-you-can-eat pink-colored tacos and tortilla chips. Wash these down with all-you-can-drink pink margaritas blended or on the rocks. Pink Taco’s all-you-can-eat and drink special is $25 per person, with $5 from each order benefitting Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk.

Pop open a decadent bottle of wine from 35 Steaks + Martinis to help to the Komen organization. From Sunday through Thursday, the upscale restaurant will donate 50 percent of the proceeds from select wines to the nonprofit including Brancott, Sauvignon Blanc ($50); Jordan, Russian River Valle Chardonnay ($60); Cloudline, Oregon Pinot Noir ($55); Sterling, Napa Valley Cabernet ($60); Robert Mondavi, Napa Valley Cabernet ($65) and more. For a complete list, please call the restaurant.

Adorn yourself with a stylish and philanthropic accessory at Love Jones. Love Jones incorporates its logo into a unique silver ring, celebrating the power of the female form. The ring is $88, with 20 percent of proceeds benefitting the Komen foundation. This ring can be purchased year round.

Pretty in pink

On Saturday, Oct. 27 from 9 p.m. – 1:30 a.m., Rí Rá  inside Mandalay Place hosts its Pink Halloween Party to raise funds for the Southern Nevada Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The pink-themed soiree encourages you to dress in your best pink costume or dress. You can also purchase $10 pink boas throughout the evening. In addition, Rí Rá will feature a specialty cocktail, the Pink Jameson Rose ($8), all day long in honor of breast cancer awareness. Rí Rá’s Pink Halloween Party is free and open to the public.

Various prizes, including a grand prize two-day trip to Los Angeles with flight and accommodations, will be awarded to the best-dressed partiers. Raffle prizes, which include 24 engraved commemorative Guinness glasses, will also be featured throughout the evening.

Additionally, the pub will raise funds for the nonprofit by selling pink wristbands and paper ribbon icons throughout the month and donating the proceeds. As an added bonus for locals, anyone presenting a valid Nevada ID when purchasing a Breast Cancer Awareness wristband or paper ribbon on any Friday in October will be entered to win prizes during the Halloween festivities.

While you’re at Mandalay Place, Slice of Vegas offers dining specials like Boobie Pizza, two 8-inch pizzas placed side-by-side on a platter topped with pink sauce, cheese, pepperoni and a black olive ($15); Tata-Tini, a pink lemonade martini ($10) and pink cannolis, four small cannolis with pink strawberry filling ($5). You can purchase all three for $25.


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