MUNDELEIN, IL--(Marketwired - June 14, 2013) - Get your dancing shoes on, Europe. Medline Industries, Inc., the creator of the international YouTube® sensation Pink Glove Dance and makers of the pink exam gloves, announced today an online competition to find Europe's best Pink Glove Dance video in support of breast cancer awareness and prevention. For the past two years, Medline has held a Pink Glove Dance video competition in North America attracting hundreds of videos featuring tens of thousands of participants from doctors, nurses and patients, to students, teachers and firemen.
The European version of the Pink Glove Dance video competition will include the following countries: Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg, United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, Italy, France, Norway, Ireland and Denmark.
"The Pink Glove Dance has truly become an international movement so it's a natural extension of the competition to create a European competition,"said Andy Mills, president of Medline. "The Pink Glove Dance videos have become more than fun music videos, they have inspired a special group of passionate caregivers, health care workers, students, firefighters -- people from all areas of the public -- to show their support in fun, creative ways for those afflicted with this terrible disease."
The winning videos, as selected by online public voting, will receive a EUR 10,000 (1st prize) and EUR 5,000 (2nd prize) donation respectively in their names from Medline to the breast cancer charity of their choice.
The competition starts July 1 and is open to any person or organization who wants to produce and submit their own Pink Glove Dance video. Video submissions will be posted on the competition's website www.pinkglovedance.eu beginning October 25, which is when the public can begin voting for their favorite video. Winners will be announced November 15. For more information on the competition, go to www.pinkglovedance.eu.
About The Pink Glove Dance Video
The original Medline Pink Glove Dance video premiered in the United States in November 2009 featuring 200 hospital workers wearing Medline's pink gloves and dancing in support of breast cancer awareness and prevention. Click here to view the original video http://pinkglovedance.com/videos/original-pink-glove-dance. Today, the original video has almost 14 million views on YouTube® and has been the inspiration for hundreds of pink glove dance videos and breast cancer awareness events worldwide.
For the past two years, Medline has held a national competition to find the best video in North America. Last year, the competition attracted 275 entries and more than 80,000 people in 42 U.S. states, Puerto Rico and Canada.
Medline is donating a portion of each sale of the pink gloves to help fund mammograms for individuals who cannot afford them.
As the largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of health care and surgical products in the United States, Medline manufactures and distributes more than 350,000 products to hospitals, extended care facilities, surgery centers, physician offices, home care providers and agencies, and retailers. Headquartered in Mundelein, Ill., Medline is a leading global health care company providing quality medical and surgical supplies throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Medline has more than 1,100 dedicated sales representatives worldwide to support its broad product line and cost management services.