Smithfield first responders wear pink, raise money for women battling cancer

Smithfield first responders wear pink, raise money for women battling cancer

Renee Courtemanche, left, of Smithfield, gives her order to Smithfield Police officer Ryan Perry, right, at the Real Men Wear Pink Fundraiser, at A&W in Smithfield, Sunday. Renee is the wife of Sgt. Dennis Courtemanche of the Smithfield Police Department. The fundraiser was for breast cancer awareness, in which members of the Smithfield police and fire departments were car hopping. All proceeds will go to the Rhode Island chapter of Pink Heals. (Valley Breeze & Observer photos by Bill Murphy)

SMITHFIELD - Members of the Smithfield Police and Fire departments donned pink shirts and car hopped on Sunday, as part of a "Real Men Wear Pink" fundraiser sponsored by the A&W at 460 Putnam Pike in Greenville.

For six hours, approximately 30 first responders took and delivered orders at the restaurant. A total of $3,976 from tips, raffle money, and 10 percent of sales went to the Rhode Island chapter of Pink Heals, a nonprofit organization in which local police, fire, and EMT personnel volunteer their time to raise money and awareness for women battling cancer.

Lt. Jason DiGrado, of the Smithfield Police Department, takes an order while car hopping at the Real Men Wear Pink Fundraiser, at A&W in Smithfield, Sunday.
Karianne Polak, of Smithfield, signs the Pink Heals Car at the Real Men Wear Pink Fundraiser, at A&W in Smithfield, Sunday.
Members of the Smithfield police and fire departments, above, are ready to take orders at the Real Men Wear Pink Fundraiser Sunday.