City employees gather in front of City Hall prior to their walk around downtown. // Photo courtesy of Milissa Reierson, City of Franklin.
By BROOKE WANSER
About two dozen city employees donned hot pink tutus and joined Mayor Ken Moore on a walk in downtown Franklin on Friday morning to raise awareness for breast cancer research.
“Many of us purchased tutus to walk around Franklin and get some really strange looks,” Moore joked.
Several employees with the Franklin Fire Department participated in the walk as well. Paramedic Sarah Glenn pushed a large cart along the walk, selling t-shirts to raise funds.
Moore also said Glenn lagged behind at the end as she stopped to assist a male pedestrian who passed out due to blood pressure issues.
Brittney Jackson, a benefits technician with the city, said this was the second year the walk had happened.
“I was just trying to come up with something fun and to raise money,” Jackson said of the tutus. Employees who donated $10 or more received a tutu, with funds going to the American Cancer Society.
Though he said, “I got some interesting looks,” Moore said he also, “met a lot of different people from a lot of different places,” including New Jersey and Texas.
Next week, Jackson said, the city will host a “pink pancake” breakfast for employees, in which funds raised will be donated to Susan G. Komen.
“We like to try to give everybody options on who they want to donate to,” she said, noting that breast cancer survivors were invited to the breakfast in addition to city employees.