October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and that means it's time to get out and fight for the cure. Whether you're shopping for pink products, getting your hair done or attending an event at a local mall, here are ways you can help while having a little fun, too.
Free haircut and style
Where: JCP Salons near you
When: Through October, while appointments are still available
What: Breast cancer survivors will get a free haircut and style, and JCPenney will donate $1 for every haircut they give to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Call your closest salon or stop by to schedule an appointment.
Where: Tanger Outlets at Deer Park and Riverhead
When: Now through Oct. 25
What: As part of the Pink STYLE campaign to fight breast cancer, shoppers can purchase Pink Cards for a $1 donation each. The card provides them with a 25 percent discount on a single item at participating Tanger Outlets stores. Proceeds from the cards will be donated to the Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Paint the Country Pink
When: Starting Oct. 1
What: Show your support for those fighting breast cancer and for your community by virtually swiping a paintbrush over your location on the map. As more people swipe, areas will become more pink. For every swipe, Dressbarn will donate $1 to the American Cancer Society, up to $100,000. At Dressbarn stores, pick up a Ruby the puppy stuffed animal, the face of the campaign, for $6. The entire net profit will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
Paint the Mall Pink
Where: The Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station and Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove
When: Oct. 1 and Oct. 4
What: At Walt Whitman Shops, the Tree of Hope will be unveiled in Center Court at 9 a.m. on Oct. 1. Add your own inspirational message while enjoying free coffee and pink bagels from Panera Bread. Take part in pink-themed activities throughout the day and learn about early detection and life-saving services.
At Smith Haven Mall, the event kicks off at 5 p.m. on Oct. 4 with free mini-makeovers and refreshments, raffles, blood pressure checks and health education. The first 200 shoppers will receive free gift bags, and there will be a Walk of Hope fashion show featuring fall looks.
Sneakers and Stilettos Basket Ball
Where: The Allegria Hotel, Long Beach
When: Oct. 4, 7 p.m.
What: Ladies, put on your stilettos and men break out your best kicks, because this isn't basketball. . . it's a basket ball. That means Mo Cassara's Coaches vs. Cancer is bringing you dinner, dancing and very fashionable auctions. Enter to win a designer shopping spree at Americana Manhasset or stilettos of your choice from Saks Fifth Avenue at the Walt Whitman Shops. Tickets are $275, and proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. To purchase tickets, call Joy DeDonato at 631-300-3143 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moms Who Kick 2012 Gala
Where: The Garden City Hotel, Garden City
When: Oct. 10, 6:30 to 11:30 p.m.
What: Moms will model Hollywood-style looks from Lonny's and Estelle's Dressy Dresses and pose for photo ops on the pink carpet. There will be a cocktail hour with open bar, seated dinner and dancing. Tickets are $150 per person or $1,200 for a table of 10, and proceeds will help raise funds for breast and ovarian cancer studies.
Le Mystere and Breast Oasis bra donating event
Where: Bloomingdale's at Roosevelt Field mall, Garden City
When: Oct. 13, 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.
What: Donate gently used bras to Breast Oasis and get fit by a Le Mystere fitting expert. Those who donate will receive a Le Mystere panty, 15 percent off a regular priced Le Mystere bra and the chance to win a Le Mystere bra wardrobe.
Where: The Salon at Ulta near you
When: Oct. 14, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
What: For a minimum suggested donation of $10, customers will receive a cut, shampoo and style using Redken and CHI products. 100 percent of proceeds will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Key to the Cure
Where: Saks Fifth Avenue in Huntington Station
When: Oct. 18 - 21
What: All weekend, a percentage of purchases made at Saks will be donated to the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund, Inc. Shirts designed by Carolina Herrera are for sale, and 100 percent of shirt sales will be donated to the cause. To kick off the event, "American Idol" season 9 finalist Leah Laurenti will put on a musical performance on Oct. 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. To RSVP, call 631-350-1203.
QVC presents FFANY Shoes on Sale
Where: Airing on QVC
When: Oct. 24, 5 to 8 p.m.
What: Shopping network QVC is teaming up with the Fashion Footwear Association of New York (FFANY) for a charitable shoe sale that will include more than 90,000 pairs from 80 brands offered at half the suggested retail price. Net proceeds will be donated to breast cancer research and education organizations.
Photo: House of Harlow shoes on sale for the QVC FFANY charitable shoe sale Oct. 24 to benefit breast cancer research