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Eagle’s pink photos to be auctioned off

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Vail, CO Colorado
NWS Pink Colorado 1 DT 6-23-11

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – Beginning Monday, the giant scenic photos that have graced the walls and roofs of Eagle buildings for the past three months will be up for sale.

Seventeen pieces will be available through an online auction at http://www.pinkcolorado.com for a minimum bid of $350 or the chance to forego the bidding process and buy outright for $1,000. All proceeds from the auction – as well as other money raised by Pink Colorado – will be donated to two Colorado breast cancer research charities: the Aspen affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the University of Colorado Cancer Center. Photo enthusiasts can purchase their favorite Pink Colorado photo for display in their business, school, home, or for ongoing exhibition in the town of Eagle, pending approval.

The auction marks the end of the Shaw Cancer Center’s Pink Colorado event, which began with a statewide photo contest last spring and included a town-wide exhibition of the winning photos all summer long in Eagle.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with how Pink Colorado has turned out,” said event creator Holli Snyder, who is general manager of NRC Broadcasting and also a breast cancer survivor. “Our goal was to raise awareness for the increasing number of cases of pre-menopausal breast cancer in Colorado and to raise money for research into this problem. Not only have we done that, but we’ve added beauty to the streets of Eagle for the entire summer!”

All the photos include some element of pink and feature scenic celebrations of Colorado’s beauty. From now, through the close of the exhibition on Sept. 16, the public is invited to vote online at http://www.pinkcolorado.com for the Viewer’s Choice Award to determine the best photo of the exhibit. It costs a dollar per vote, and the winner will be announced on Sept. 19.

The website also offers the opportunity to purchase a 2012 calendar that compiles some of the finalists’ dramatic photos. The photos were selected for inclusion in the Pink Colorado Event from over 300 submissions by a panel of notable Coloradans including John Fielder, the famed wildlife photographer; Anne Trujillo, the Channel7 Emmy-winning news journalist; Chris Anthony, the world-renowned skier and Warren Miller film star; Kelly Liken, of Restaurant Kelly Liken and a “Top Chef” and “Iron Chef” contestant; and Peggy Carey, the vice president of oncology at the Shaw Cancer Center.

To view photos, bid in the auction, vote for the Viewer’s Choice Award or purchase calendars, visit pinkcolorado.com. Any photos that are not sold in the auction will be repurposed into distinctive items like purses, bags and belts and will be available for purchase later on.

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