Over 200,000 people voted for their favorites out of 270 video entries; Medline's tallied up those votes; the 2012 winners of the second annual Pink Glove Dance competition--which raises money and awareness to battle breast cancer--have officially been announced!
We'd like to send a big congratulations out to Lexington Medical Center for coming in first place for the second year in a row, pulling in almost 15,000 votes! The inspirational video they produced features the journey of one of their nurses, who is a breast cancer survivor/warrior, as well as over 700 other hospital staff and pink gloved dancers, have some tissues ready, it's amazing. Plus, their win means that Medline will donate $10,000 in their name to the Vera Bradley Foundation. Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center came in second, choosing The Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Association as the recipients of their $5,000 prize. Third place went to The Carle Foundation, who donated their $2,000 to the American Cancer Society.
Congrats and thank you to Medline Industry and to everyone who participated in this grand North American event. We're already looking forward to next year's line up! Firefighters, cheerleaders and entire towns contributed videos, so even if you're not working in a medical facility, don't let that keep your dancing shoes in the closet... Put on some pink gloves and get out the video recorder: we want to see YOU next year!
Here's where you'll find the videos, enjoy! http://pinkglovedance.com/home/
Following is our original coverage of the contest leadup:
Medline Industry’s second Pink Glove Dance video competition deadline has come to an end, and now the healthcare world waits with bated breath to see who will be the winners of their already esteemed dance-off. The original “Pink Glove Dance” video, filmed at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, Oregon and then debuted on YouTube in 2009, wasn’t intended to become competitive, but millions of clicks later--at this point it’s seen nearly thirteen-and-three-quarters of a million views--and after another viral video the next year, one of the most rewarding contests out there, in this reporter’s opinion, was born.
In our digital age, having a viral video that generates millions of hits and publicity is a reward in and of itself, but the tangible rewards are awesome, as they will allow the facilities with winning submissions to make a donation in their own name to the breast cancer awareness organization of their choosing. First place is a whopping $10,000, second $5,000 and third $2,000. These are monies that go toward fighting a good fight; the dances, participation, fun and organizing that hospitals, nursing homes, and care facilities across the nation put into making their submissions are priceless.
2011 was the first actual Pink Glove Dance competition, and with over a million views, half a million votes, 139 entries, and over 17,000 dancers, you could say it was a success. This year, as we wait for the winners to be announced, we already know that over 80,000 groovy souls danced for this major cause and Medline received over 250 video submissions.
The joyous dancing and donations aren’t Medline’s only contributions toward finding a cure for the cancer that affects one in every eight women. Any time you purchase “pink ribbon” Medline products, like this gorgeous rollator, Medline makes a contribution to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., and they’ve donated more than $750,000 to NBCF thus far.
We’ll bring you an update with 2012’s winning videos as soon as the news breaks. In the meantime, mine for some past Pink Dance gold in the caves and annals of YouTube and enjoy the lift in spirit these dancing crusaders are sure to bring.