Pink and Purple week concludes with ‘blind date’

Clarion, Pa.- Women United of Clarion University’s Pink and Purple week, efforts to help raise awareness for domestic violence and breast cancer, came to a close last Friday with a blind date event.

Held in the Gemmell Food Court from 8 to 9:30 p.m., the contest was a fun way to end the week of bake sales, pool parties and Men of Color Think Tank. The Blind Date contest took four contestants, two guys and two girls, blindfolded them and then allowed each to choose one of the three other challengers to woo by answering personal and ethical questions.

Lots of laughter was garnered from the event and many of the contestants had fun asking questions to the challengers behind their veils. The event was popular, and some of the participants even signed up ahead of time to reserve a spot.

The winners of each blind speed date received prizes ranging from game day or breast cancer mugs, wristbands and candy.

Domestic violence and abuse was the focus of attention for this event and questions were also asked to the audience regarding common statistics of abuse and violence. Whatever the answer, the general shocks from the crowd affirmed the unfortunately high numbers of cases of abuse and cases that are never reported, let alone the statistics that many student did not know.

President of Women United Myeesa Thompson said, “We thought of [the blind date] because the first thing you see in relationships is the outside, and you have to see them for who they really are.”

“I feel like this event will help people in the future when they choose a mate or have to deal with situations of domestic violence,” added Thompson. She was also glad to report that their club considered the Pink and Purple Awareness week a success overall and that the funds garnered from the earlier Pink and Purple Week bake sale will be split evenly three ways amongst SAFE for domestic violence awareness, a breast cancer charity and the Women United club.

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