Paint Pittston Pink’s annual Color Me Pink 5K returns to downtown Pittston on Saturday, Oct. 7.
The day’s events begin with a Mass at 9 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, William Street, Pittston. During the Mass, the Celebration of Life Award will be presented in memory of Brian and AnnaRose McNulty.
The 5K race begins at 11 a.m. with the Caped CURE-Sader Family Fun Walk beginning at 11:05. Registration for the race will be accepted from 9:30 to 10:50 a.m. Saturday at the Greater Pittston YMCA on Main Street.
A highlight of the day’s activities is the Gentlemen’s Dash, which begins at noon and features several men racing in pink heels. One of the “Men in Heels” set to take part in the race was Stephen Parulski, marketing and events coordinator for The Citizens’ Voice and Greater Pittston Progress.
Parulski died unexpectedly Tuesday following a brief illness. He was 48.
Barb Sciandra, president and co-founder of Paint Pittston Pink, said Parulski will be remembered during the weekend’s events and the Gentlemen’s Dash is being dedicated in his honor, with Dash shirts bearing Parulski’s name on the sleeve.
“I was deeply saddened to hear of Stephen’s passing, I am truly sorry for his family, friends and co-workers as I know that he leaves a void that will never be filled” Sciandra said.
“I am so happy to have met Stephen at a baseball game this past August where we shared laughs about the upcoming Gentlemen’s Dash. I could tell through our brief meeting that he was a kind soul with a bright light,” she said.
Joe Nealon, circulation director for The Citizens’ Voice and Greater Pittston Progress, represented the newspapers at last year’s dash. He said Parulski was excited to be the papers’ representative this year.
The two attempted to film a hype video to raise awareness and money on Sept. 24, but Parulski grew ill.
“His only concern is he wouldn’t be able to generate enough donations,” Nealon recalled.
As of press time Thursday evening, nearly $2,500 was raised in Parulski’s name.
In a request for financial support for the race, Parulski wrote: “I’ve personally been touched by breast cancer. My dad Stanley was diagnosed with the disease over 30 years ago and today is doing well (until) this day. I’m sure it was due to early diagnosis and wonderful treatment,” he wrote. “Through the years I’ve met many, mostly women, who have fought against this disease and for the most part beat it. I think of them as true warriors.”
To donate in Parulski’s honor, visit raceroster.com/events/2017/13639/color-me-pink-5k-2017, click the “Pledge Participant” link and enter his name.
Bob Kalinowski contributed to this report.