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Overhauled women's health event a hit with attendees

The bartenders of Liquidmotion mixed up "mocktails" for attendees with a bit of flair. Heather Bullock/Wadena Pioneer Journal.1 / 6
Lori Grendahl, left, had her blood pressure taken at the Live Pink event Monday night. Heather Bullock/Wadena Pioneer Journal.2 / 6
Burgau shared several photos of her fight with breast cancer. Here, she shared photos of her with hair and her husband, Terry, shaving her head. Heather Bullock/Wadena Pioneer Journal.3 / 6
Duelly Noted performer Jacy Smith, center, pulled guest speaker Kathy Burgau, right, and a member of the audience onstage to help with a song Monday night. Heather Bullock/Wadena Pioneer Journal.4 / 6
Duelly Noted performers Jacy Smith, left, and Cassondra Meyer, right, entertained Live Pink attendees at the end of the event Monday night. Heather Bullock/Wadena Pioneer Journal.5 / 6
Attendees could place tickets into buckets for prizes, including home decorations, Coach purses, and pampering packages. Prizes were donated by area businesses. Heather Bullock/Wadena Pioneer Journal.6 / 6

Tri-County Health Care's revamped women's event Live Pink drew more than 500 women of all ages from all across the area. The Wadena event was a departure from Tri-County's previous break-out session format. Instead, this set-up included health education, a light meal from Boondocks Cafe, more than $1,000 worth of prizes, a presentation by a breast cancer survivor and musical entertainment.

Health care booths included an assortment of topics such as breast health, rehab, the Foundation, obstetrics, surgery and more. Guests could also have their blood pressure and blood sugar tested. Liquidmotion created specialty mocktails with tricks and flair, and Eyenoticed Photography gave guests a place to pose for pictures.

Kathy Burgau, local breast cancer survivor, told her story of being diagnosed at the age of 26, even though she had no family history of breast cancer. She walked the audience through her journey, including growing up as a sports lover in school, meeting and marrying her husband, receiving her diagnosis, losing her hair and becoming an advocate for young women with breast cancer. She also showed a slideshow of these events, which incorporated powerful photos of her breast reconstruction surgery.

After Burgau spoke, the energetic female duo of Duelly Noted took the stage to wow the audience with their musical talents and comedic timing, playing hits such as "I Love Rock and Roll," "Great Balls of Fire," "Come Sail Away," and "Sweet Caroline."

Following the event, guest reviews were incredibly positive, with many commenting that the entertainment was fabulous, the speaker was inspiring and this women's event was the best they have attended in many years.

"I was really impressed with the excitement of this event and the line-up of entertainment and education," said Dawn Dahlgren-Roemmich, certified nurse midwife at Tri-County's Wadena and Sebeka clinics. "We had a great turnout, and I think women really enjoyed this time to have some fun and learn about their health."