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Full & Fabulous boosts self-esteem in local girls, helps them to blossom at 'A Rose is Still A Rose' debutante ball
    Life’s ugly and brutal thorns can prick and cause pain, but it doesn’t change the fact that “a rose is still a rose.”
  Full & Fabulous has been helping young girls and women to endure anguish and to blossom into beautiful rose-like bouquets for 37 years.
  The non-profit organization will host its annual “A Rose is Still A Rose Debutante Ball” on Aug. 3 at the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit, 111 E. Kerby, from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm. 
  This year’s event will feature a special musical and dance tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.
  “Our organization is designed to edify the self-esteem, health and beauty of girls ages 12 to 21. If a young girl believes in herself, then nothing can stop her from achieving her dreams,” Sharon DuMas, founder, said. “By promoting weight management through behavior modification, and a healthy lifestyle change, we help our ladies to understand that the concept of being Full & Fabulous is a state of mind, not a dress size.”
  About a dozen young girls wearing ball gowns and tiaras will be escorted by father figures into the ballroom, which will feature entertainment, dancing and educational presentations.
  Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children under 10 years old and includes dinner, entertainment and dancing. Social media sponsors are needed to promote the event that will offer local businesses an opportunity to display a commercial during the event’s live stream for only $99. 
  Proceeds from the event will be used to purchase a van that will be used to transport girls participating in Full & Fabulous’ Girls Exposed program to weekly meetings.
  The program exposes girls to the facts about human trafficking, marijuana usage, opioids, and sexually transmitted diseases.
  “Many of our girls are afraid to catch the bus to our Saturday meetings,” DuMas said. “A van will help us to transport them safely to learn life saving information that is not being taught at school.”
  To help remove thorns pricking the flesh of young girls and grow into budding roses, call (313)331-4929 or visit

Detroit Tigers Pink out the Park
PRNewswire/ -- The Detroit Tigers will continue its tradition of uniting our community to encourage breast health awareness at the eighth annual Pink Out the Park on Friday, July 19, when the Tigers face the Toronto Blue Jays at Comerica Park. A special pre-game ceremony honoring survivors will take place at 6:30 p.m., followed by the game at 7:10 p.m. 
     "Pink Out The Park stands for a such significant cause and we are proud to continue working with a such wonderful and caring partner in the Karmanos Cancer Institute," said Chris Granger, group president, Sports and Entertainment, Ilitch Holdings. "Bringing fans, coaches and players together to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research is important to all of us with the Detroit Tigers, and we are honored to host this meaningful event at Comerica Park."
     The first 10,000 fans will receive a pink Tigers visor, courtesy of Kroger.
     "Kroger is proud to continue its partnership with the Detroit Tigers and Pink Out the Park," said Rachel Hurst, corporate affairs manager for Kroger. "No one should ever feel alone in the fight against cancer. We are all in this together, so let's honor those we have lost, and support those that are fighting and continuing to survive."
     Activities will raise awareness of breast health throughout the game, including the special pre-game ceremony that will involve more than 350 breast cancer survivors on the field; ceremonial first pitches by three breast cancer survivors; in-game awareness promotions; and an inspiring ballpark tribute by Tigers fans holding up Pink Out the Park cheer cards during one of the innings. In addition, select in-park merchandise sales will benefit breast cancer research at Karmanos Cancer Institute.
    Pink Out the Park ticket packages at various prices are available now at and will include a Detroit Tigers pink fanny pack and a $5 donation to support breast cancer research at Karmanos.
     "Pink Out the Park continues to be a wonderful, family-friendly event and one that inspires our community to make a difference," said Gerold Bepler, M.D., Ph.D., president and chief executive officer, Karmanos Cancer Institute.
  Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, it's estimated that 9,310 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in Michigan this year alone.
     "This disease has no boundaries; it can impact younger and older women, women of all cultural and economic backgrounds, and even men can get breast cancer," said Katrina Studvent, chief development officer at Karmanos Cancer Institute. "As a 13-year breast cancer survivor who has attended Pink Out the Park for many years, seeing Comerica Park filled with fans wearing pink, supporting all those impacted by breast cancer while helping to raise awareness and funds to support research, is a motivator for all of us to encourage women to get screened.
     "Please join us on July 19, wear pink to the game and continue to help us raise awareness of breast health and support cancer research."
     For more information about the Detroit Tigers' Pink Out the Park, visit