Good Shepherd Enters National Pink Glove Dance Video Contest

Votes Sought from Community To Win Competition

The residents of the Good Shepherd Home at the Conrad W. Raker Center and the Good Shepherd Home – Bethlehem, long-term care facilities for people with disabilities, are seeking community support for their Pink Glove Dance video. The winners of this national competition will be honored with a $10,000 donation in their name to a breast cancer charity of their choice.

More than 100 residents of Good Shepherd’s two long-term care facilities and staff members star in the video, dancing to Katy Perry’s “Part of Me.” The second annual competition is sponsored by Medline Industries, Inc., manufacturer of the gloves and producer of the original Pink Glove Dance video.

“Despite their physical limitations, our residents welcomed the idea of participating in the video competition with much enthusiasm,” says Fran Iannaccone, administrator of The Raker Center. “Many of our residents have had loved ones touched by breast cancer or have personal experience with the disease. Our hope in submitting this video is to show that no matter what your limitations in life may be, you can always be productive and help someone else.”

Videos entered in the competition will be posted online at www.pinkglovedance.com starting October 12 and voting will continue through October 26. A Facebook account is required to vote.

“We are looking to the community to support our effort by voting for our submission and by sharing the video with friends,” says Iannaccone. “We’re hoping that people all over the country will be inspired by our residents and launch our video to the top.”

The original Pink Glove Dance video premiered in November 2009 and featured 200 Portland, Oregon, hospital workers wearing pink gloves and dancing in support of breast cancer awareness and prevention. In 2011, Medline Industries initiated a competition in which 139 teams and more than 21,000 participants from hospitals, nursing homes, schools, fire departments and other groups submitted videos of their own versions of the Pink Glove Dance.