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7th Annual Pink & Purple Polyester Party

Pink & Purple Polyester Party logo

  CivicPlus short logo   presents...

The grooviest party of the year!

Friday, April 6, 2018
7-11:30 p.m.
K-State Alumni Center
1720 Anderson Ave, Manhattan, Kan.


Save the date: Fri., April 5, 2019


Dig out your polyester bell bottoms and platform shoes, and disco for a cure with Kansas City band Disco Dick & the Mirrorballs. Cast your vote in the "Off the Hook" bra art contest, dress for the costume contest and pose at the fun photo station! Enjoy more food than ever, including heavy hors d'oeuvres and late-night munchies, as well as a cash bar, all catered by Della Voce! Party with your friends while helping K-State fight cancer!

Disco Dick & the Mirrorballs

The Pink & Purple Polyester Party was started by Dave Lewis, a well-known voice in the Manhattan area, as a fun way to raise money for K-State cancer research and celebrate the life of his late wife, Elena, who died of breast cancer in 2006. Lewis is a morning show host for News Radio KMAN, the public address announcer for K-State Football and Men’s Basketball, and the owner of Dave Lewis Entertainment. The party is now planned by a committee of local business owners and community members (listed below).

View photos from past parties: 20182017 J&C Imaging photosJCRC's 2017 photos2016; JCRC's 2015 photos; RH, LLC's 2015 PhotosJCRC's 2013 photos, RH, LLC's 2013 Photos, 2011, 2010

MAKE RESERVATIONS ONLINEPink & Purple Polyester Party attendees

Make your individual ($60) or 10-person table ($500) reservations at our K-State Fights Cancer Webstore powered by N Zone, or call the Johnson Cancer Research Center, 785-532-6705. Then, just check in at the party. Each guest gets two drink coupons. Table purchasers also get Cool Cat sponsor recognition.

Connect with us on Facebook! Use the hashtag #PolyesterParty in all your posts and tweets about the party!


$100 Prize for Best Costume!

'Off the Hook' bra art contest & Bra CrawlPeep Bra
Businesses craft work-of-art bras as a nod to breast cancer survivors. The bra that gets the most votes in the form of donations wins. The Off the Hook Bra Crawl, sponsored by Gaia Salonspa, happens in downtown Manhattan during the week prior to the party. "Crawlers" enjoy food and drink specials as they tour participating restaurants (2017: AJ's NY Pizzeria, Della Voce, Hibachi Hut, Harry's and Blue Moose) to view and advance-vote on the bras and enjoy fun activities.



Support this unique, fun and successful event by being a sponsor. Reserve a table for 10 for only $500, or sponsor at a higher level for more perks. Download the 2018 Sponsorship Brochure. For more information, contact Dr. Thad Schneider, 785-844-1144.

Help us thank our 2018 SPONSORS!

Dynomite Sponsor ($5,000)

CivicPlus Logo

Groovy Sponsor ($2,500)


Far-Out Sponsor ($1,000)


Advertising Sponsor

Manhattan Broadcasting Logo

Food Sponsor

Della Voce Italian Bistro logo

Off the Hook Bra Crawl Sponsor

Gaia SalonSpa

Cool Cats table sponsors

CARE Travel/DR Plumbing
Cat Cans Portable Services
Community First National Bank
Dave Lewis Entertainment

Flint Hills Auto
Flint Hills Pain Management
G. Thomas Jewelers
Gaia SalonSpa
J&C Imaging
Mathis Physical Therapy
N Zone Sportswear
People's State Bank
Platinum & Company Beauty Bar
Robbins Motor Company
Wildcat Creek Fun & Fitness
Maj. Gen. Harvey McCarter, USAFR, Ret.

Friends of Pink & Purple Polyester Party

Along Came Abby - table linens
Comfort Suites - lodging for band
Flint Hills Beverage
Nespor’s Wine & Spirits

The "P4" Committee & volunteers!

Dr. Thad & Shannon Schneider, Flint Hills Pain Management and The Storage Company
John & Cindy La Barge, J & C Imaging
Bobbi French, G. Thomas Jewelers
Patrick Lee, N Zone
Dave Lewis, Dave Lewis Entertainment
Missy Tener
Brandi Butler
Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity
K-State Cancer Fighters
Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity