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Gritman Foundation Pink Tea, Pink Cocktail Events Return October 10

MOSCOW ― The Gritman Foundation’s annual Pink Tea and Pink Cocktail fundraising events in support of cancer care services on the Palouse return Tuesday, Oct. 10, in Moscow.

Sunday, Oct. 1, is the deadline to register for both events, which honor the courage and strength our friends and loved ones have shown in the fight against cancer. The Pink Tea is at 10 a.m. and the Pink Cocktail is at 5 p.m., both at the Best Western Plus University Inn, 1516 W. Pullman Road, Moscow.

Tickets are $40 per person or $250 for a table of eight. The programs are the same, so please choose the event that works best for your schedule. Register at

Since their inception, these events have raised more than $1 million to support cancer care services in our region. That money has gone to vital technology and services, as well as to programs like Light a Candle and Bosom Buddies that both support early screening and reduce some of the costs associated with a cancer diagnosis.

Gritman’s 2023-25 Community Health Needs Assessment reports cancer as the leading cause of death in Latah County, a higher rate than the rest of Idaho. Money raised from both events helps fund Gritman Foundation programs including:

  • Bosom Buddies: Provides free screening mammograms to Latah County women who are unable to pay for the screening on their own.
  • Cancer Care Fund: Supports Bosom Buddies, Light a Candle, cancer-care equipment, assists patients on a need-by-need basis, and much more.
  • Light a Candle: Designed to ease some of the burdens that come with facing cancer through services such as housekeeping, grocery assistance, massage therapy, gas cards, and more.

Now in their 21st year, the annual Pink Tea events wouldn’t be possible without the determination of former Idaho First Lady Patricia Kempthorne, whose vision for the first Pink Tea events helped spread awareness about the benefits of cancer screenings to early detection. The Gritman Foundation’s annual gathering remains the largest continual Pink Tea event in Idaho.

Our cancer care programs, spaces and equipment wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of the community. This support ensures more people can detect, fight, and survive cancer.

Learn more about both events at