SOURCE: Medline

Medline

September 20, 2011 14:45 ET

More Than 200 Organizations Contend for Title of 'Best Pink Glove Dance Video' in Medline's National Competition

Hospitals, Nursing Homes and Firefighters Among Competitors to Raise Breast Cancer Awareness

MUNDELEIN, IL--(Marketwire - Sep 20, 2011) - More than 200 organizations around the country from hospitals and nursing homes to high schools, fire departments and professional soccer teams have registered to participate in Medline Industries, Inc.'s online nationwide competition to find the best Pink Glove Dance video. Medline, the creator of the YouTube® sensation Pink Glove Dance and makers of the pink gloves, announced the competition earlier in the summer and said that organizations from at least 40 states have signed up for the competition. Deadline to receive video submissions is September 30. Entries will be posted on the internet beginning October 3 during Breast Cancer Awareness month when the public can vote on their favorite video. For complete rules and more information on the competition, go to www.pinkglovedance.com.

The original Pink Glove Dance video premiered in November 2009 and featured 200 Portland, Ore. hospital workers wearing pink gloves and dancing in support of breast cancer awareness and prevention. Today the video has more than 13 million views on YouTube® and has spawned hundreds of pink glove dance videos and breast cancer awareness events across the country. A sequel was produced last October featuring 4,000 healthcare workers and breast cancer survivors throughout North America. In addition, hundreds of hospitals, schools and community groups throughout the world have performed their own pink glove dances.

Among the organizations that have signed up for the competition are hospitals, nursing homes, elementary schools, high schools, colleges and even firefighters, law enforcement officials, a professional soccer team and a construction company.

"The response to the competition has been tremendous. Ever since we introduced the first video two years ago, we've been inundated with calls, emails and letters asking how they can get involved," said Sue MacInnes, Medline's chief marketing officer. "This competition encourages anyone who wants to create their own video to participate and do their part to bring hope and support to those affected by breast cancer."

The winning submission will receive a $10,000 donation in their name to the breast cancer charity of their choice with second place receiving a $5,000 donation and third place a $2,000 donation. The winners will be announced October 28 on pinkglovedance.com.

"Gloves are the first point of contact between the healthcare worker and the patient," said Andy Mills, president of Medline. "As a way to extend our breast cancer awareness campaign, we developed a pink glove called Generation Pink, with the aim of getting people to talk about breast cancer."

Medline donates a portion of each sale of its pink gloves to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF). To date, Medline has donated more than $800,000 to the NBCF to fund mammograms for individuals who cannot afford them.

About Medline
As the nation's largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of medical supplies, Medline is focused on helping to improve the quality of care for patients and residents. Breast cancer awareness is a natural extension of Medline's corporate mission to help save lives through the early detection of breast cancer. (Visit www.medline.com/breast-cancer-awareness for details). Based in Mundelein, Ill., Medline manufactures and distributes more than 125,000 products to hospitals, extended care facilities, surgery centers, home care dealers and agencies and other markets.

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