Rockford's Pink Party is one of the most anticipated events of the year in the forest city and all the proceeds go to Pink Heals Winnebago County. It'll be a night of fun of drinks and hor d'oeuvres, a silent auction, and the must-see 97ZOK Bra Auction featuring Rockford-area firefighters.

We've been talking about how fun it will be and mentioning the great auction items, but one stood out to me that I felt I should share individually. The bench that comes with a great story. I knew there had to be something more than I can see with my own eyes so I reached out to the artist that created it, Mike Baer. I'm so glad I did.

Pink Party Bench
Mike Baer

Mike is a union carpenter by day and an artist by night and has been making wood items for charities for years. I knew he had something special going on with this bench. Here's what he said,

Everything I do with New Life Green Furniture is reused materials. Those are 3 solid oak chairs joined together and refinished.  I took firetruck hose and cut it for the seat. If you look closely you'll see the end fitting are still on the hose. The serial numbers are authentic, too.

The firehose has real significance when it comes to Pink Heals of Winnebago County. Mike Baer got the hose from the South Beloit Firehouse that donated the Pink Heals firetruck. How awesome is that?! "The Bench" (as I'm calling it) is just one of many spectacular auction items up for bid tonight at Tebalal Event Center.


Pink Party/Bra Auction **$15/This is a 21 and over event.**

  • 6 PM: Doors Open-light hors d’oeuvres, shop silent auction.
  • 8 PM: Live Bra Auction - A night of smokin’ FIREFIGHTERS dancin’ for the cause!
  • 10 PM: Dance Party
  • Shop the silent auction and enjoy the music!
  • Proceeds benefit Pink Heals Winnebago County

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