Bellin takes No. 2 spot in Pink Glove contest

Ribbon of Hope receives $5K prize plus surprise match from Bellin, Packers

Bellin Health and the Green Bay Packers earned a second place finish in the 2014 Medline Pink Glove Dance Competition, claiming a $5,000 consolation prize.

The health system and the Packers teamed to produce their dance video submission in hopes of claiming the contest’s top prize of $15,000. Bellin and the Packers designated local charity the Ribbon of Hope Foundation, a cancer support organization, as the recipient of any prize earnings resulting from the contest.

In a surprise move, Bellin and the Packers each contributed its own donation of $5,000, bringing the grand total for Ribbon of Hope to a total equaling the top award of $15,000. Officials from each organization said the donation was warranted.

“Although we did not claim the top prize, we were able to effectively shine the spotlight on breast cancer and what it means to fight and defeat this terrible disease,” said Jody Wilmet, vice president of Bellin’s cancer center. “It was also our goal to bring hope to those currently in the fight against breast cancer and let them know that they are not alone. The Ribbon of Hope Foundation has done a fantastic job of assisting many breast cancer patients in Northeast Wisconsin. They are more than deserving of our support.”

Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy thanked the community for its support – in the form of 75,386 online votes.

“Regardless of the score, our community came out a winner. Everyone who voted and encouraged others to vote helped to spread the word about breast cancer awareness and prevention,” he said. “We hope this wave of awareness continues and we are proud to contribute to Ribbon of Hope to assist those affected by this disease.”

The annual dance video competition uses the joy of dance to honor those affected by breast cancer. Participants submit a music video featuring breast cancer survivors, medical staff, physicians and others dancing. The dancers wear pink gloves in support of breast cancer awareness and the hope of a cure.

Bellin’s dance video submission, created in partnership with the Packers, features local cancer survivors in pink exam gloves performing activities highlighting what it means to defeat cancer. Survivors were filmed enjoying simple pleasures, such as riding a bike and playing catch, along with the thrills of zip-lining and riding the Zippin Pippin rollercoaster.

The video also features a number of current Green Bay Packers players including Jordy Nelson, Eddie Lacy, Randall Cobb, B.J. Raji, A.J. Hawk, Datone Jones, and Green Bay Packers Hall of Famer Ahman Green.

Fans could vote for their favorite video once per day from September 9-23. Contest winners were announced Thursday, Oct. 2.

The annual competition has several categories. Bellin earned second place in the health system category, garnering the second most overall votes in the entire competition. The health system, in partnership with Barb’s Centre for Dance, also earned the top spot for choreography.

Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, Pomona, Calif., won the $15,000 grand prize for having the most overall votes.

Since its inception in 2009, the Medline Pink Glove Dance Competition has drawn participation from nearly 200,000 healthcare professionals, patients and communities.

For more information, visit www.pinkglovedance.com.