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Boobsapalooza Helps Fight Breast Cancer

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Boobsapalooza Helps Fight Breast Cancer

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Byline: TAMARA McCLARAN

Instead of the wearing of the green, one of Jacksonville Beach's beloved Irish pubs will be sporting a lot of pink, the symbolic color of breast cancer awareness, on Saturday.

"It will look like a pink St. Patrick's Day party," said Henrietta "Hank" Watson, a self-described music lover who founded the nonprofit organization Bands Against Breast Cancer and its signature event, Boobsapalooza. The event showcases live local music and raises money to support the fight against breast cancer.

"It's not just a big party, although we will have a good time and listen to some great music," Watson said. "We'll be raising money and awareness for breast cancer education and research."

The third annual Boobsapalooza will take place Saturday at Lynch's Irish Pub, 514 First St. N. The event will run from noon to 8 p.m. and will feature 10 bands for a $10 donation in advance or a $15 donation at the door. All of the bands are donating their time.

"All of the bands have someone in the band that has a personal connection to breast cancer," Watson said. "It's sad and cool at the same time. Sad they have that connection to it, but cool that they are passionate about the cause and give their time."

The Boobsapalooza event will feature two live music stages, inside and outside. The bands scheduled to perform include August Drive, Blistur, Cupid's Alley, Go Ask Alice, Kickin' Lassie, Klob, Lucky Stiff, Out of Hand and Ron Rodriguez and the Repeat Offenders with special appearances by musicians Amy Hendrickson, Spade McQuade and Chris Rayola.

"We expanded the lineup this year to include a diverse group of musicians," Watson said.

A highlight of the event is the colorful Miz(ter) Boobsapalooza Contest for men. The contest will begin at 4 p.m., and a winner will be crowned at 6 p.m. on the outside stage.

Here's how the contest works: Contestants dress up in high heels and something pink and are judged on originality, fundraising efforts and attitude. The winner will be chosen by special guest judges.

"Our Miz(ter) Boobsapalooza [Chip Mays] is planning on defending his crown," Watson said. "And I'm expecting that the competition is going to be pretty stiff. …

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