October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and New Orleans has several opportunities for residents to have some fun while raising funds for research into treatments and cures, as well as support services for breast cancer patients and their families.

  NOLA Goes Pink for Komen is a chef-driven fundraiser in which 31 New Orleans restaurants offer $31 prix fixe dinners or entree specials every day during October, and 10 percent of those sales will be donated to the local chapter of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Participating chefs also will wear pink chef's coats and focus on healthy menu options at their restaurants.

  Chefs and restaurants taking part in NOLA Goes Pink for Komen are chefs Mark Quitney at 5 Fifty 5, Andrea Apuzzo at Andrea's, Tommy DiGiovanni at Arnaud's, Susan Spicer at Bayona, Ricky Cheramie at The Bombay Club, Darin Nesbit at Bourbon House, Duke LoCicero at Cafe Giovanni, Zach Tippin at Capdeville, Vinny Russo and Emily Dillport at The Davenport Lounge and M Bistro, Alfred Singleton at Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse, Rebecca Wilcomb at Herbsaint, Chuck Subra at La Cote Brasserie, Diana Chauvin at La Thai, Michael Farrell at Le Meritage, Allison Vines-Rushing and Slade Rushing at MiLA, Susan Spicer and Cindie Crosbie at Mondo, Gus Martin at Muriel's Jackson Square, Ben Thibodeaux at Palace Cafe, Richard Hughes at The Pelican Club, Chip Flanagan at Ralph's on the Park, Michael Gottlieb at Red Fish Grill, Darryl Reginelli of Reginelli's (seven locations), Chris Foster at Ste. Marie, and Alex Harrell at Sylvain.

  For more information, visit; look on individual restaurants' websites for NOLA Goes Pink specials.

  Xavier University goes pink Oct. 5, asking students, faculty and visitors to dress in pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Susan G. Komen On the Go van will be on campus to deliver information about breast cancer, and the Xavier Health Center is sponsoring music, games and prizes during the day. That night, the Xavier Gold Nuggets women's volleyball team is dressing in pink jerseys and dedicating its matchup against the University of New Orleans to breast cancer awareness.

  The Women's Council of Realtors New Orleans chapter is hosting its third annual Pretty in Pink — Bras for a Cause cancer research fundraiser. The event is from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Southport Hall (200 Monticello Ave., Jefferson) and features a buffet, open bar and an auction. Tickets are $35 (advance only), and can be purchased by calling 452-2622.

  Painting with a Twist (2132 E. Gause Blvd., Slidell, 985-641-6433) is hosting Painting with a Purpose fundraisers on Thursday, Oct. 6, benefiting Slidell Memorial Hospital Cancer Center, and Oct. 22 benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure. On those nights, a portion of proceeds from the painting class will go to the cancer foundations. Participants in the Oct. 6 class will paint a cherry blossom. For the Oct. 22 class, there will be a special image featuring a peony, which symbolizes hope.

  The American Cancer Society (ACS) holds its signature Relay for Life fundraiser Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8-9, at Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church (5600 Read Blvd.). The event starts at 2 p.m. Saturday, and teams will have their members take turns walking around the track during the two-day event. There will be food, entertainment, games and more. For more information, visit

  A week later, the ACS holds its 2011 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk at the Roosevelt Mall in City Park. The walk starts at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 15. Making Strides aims to celebrate those who have survived breast cancer as well as helping to end the disease by funding research and services. Last year the ACS raised more than $60 million through Making Strides events across the country that drew 800,000 participants. Entertainment and refreshments will be available. For more information, visit www.

  The 15th annual Komen Race for the Cure starts at 8 a.m. Oct. 22 at Roosevelt Mall in City Park. The event features a survivors recognition program, a one-mile fun run/walk that starts at 8:30 a.m. followed by a 5-kilometer run/walk at 9 a.m. Participants can register as an individual or join a team and gather pledges to benefit the Susan G. Komen foundation. After the race, participants are treated to food, drinks and entertainment. To register or for more information, visit

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