FVCC’s Pink Glove Dance Brings Hope, Smiles and Breast Cancer Awareness

Flathead Valley Community College (FVCC) has become the first organization in Montana to produce its own Pink Glove Dance video, joining thousands of organizations from health care facilities to other colleges and universities across the nation that have produced Pink Glove Dance videos in an effort to raise breast cancer awareness and to bring hope and smiles to those impacted by the disease.  FVCC’s video was released Wednesday during a premiere party held at the college and is available to view on YouTube and on the college’s Facebook page.

Filmed and produced by FVCC graphic design student Amanda Haynes, the video features 270 FVCC students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni and friends of the college who responded to Hayne’s and the FVCC Nursing Department’s call to the FVCC community to unite together to raise awareness for the cause.  Since last year, the college’s Nursing Department had high hopes of producing its own Pink Glove Dance video after watching the original video that features more than 200 employees at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, Ore.  The video has become an Internet sensation with more than 13 million views to date since its launch two years ago.  But the FVCC Nursing Department was missing a key element for the project—a videographer.

To recruit help, the Nursing Department consulted the college’s Service Learning program which connects students with community service opportunities.  Service Learning released an announcement that there was a need for a videographer for a Service Learning project, and Haynes eagerly responded.

After learning about the Pink Glove Dance project, Haynes, who lost a close friend to cancer last month and was inspired by her friend’s long fight with the disease, wanted to utilize her videography skills to send hope to others who have been touched by cancer.

“He was very upbeat until the very end which was incredible,” said Haynes.  “This is a very creative project, and I liked the message it will send not only to our community but around the world.”

Haynes was connected to the college’s Institutional Advancement Office to help enlist participation among the FVCC students and employees.

“We presented the idea at our college’s in-service this month, and four days later, we started filming,” said Katie Fries, marketing and public relations coordinator.  “The response was tremendous.”

Haynes, with the help of Fries, spent one week filming 35 groups of FVCC classes, student activities, department staff and the executive team, even traveling to the Echo Lake area to film the heavy equipment operator students and Libby to film the Lincoln County Campus staff.  Within days, Haynes had coordinated the footage to match flawlessly with the video’s song.

“It’s amazing what she did and how it all came together perfectly,” said Fries.  “We are all blown away by how talented she is.”

The Flathead Native is owner of Coelacanth Productions and Promotion, a video production, editing and marketing company in Whitefish she founded in January.  Local events she has captured on the job include The Event at Rebecca Farm and rodeos and fight nights at Majestic Valley Arena.   In addition to pursuing an Associate of Applied Science degree in graphic design at FVCC, Haynes is a part-time horse trainer, runs an eBay business, volunteers at Whitefish Theatre Company, paints acrylic scenes, has designed clothing for My Secret Treasures in Kalispell, designs dog coats for Tailwaggers in Whitefish, designs customized clothing, and sells clothing at the local farmers’ markets.

In her spare time, Haynes utilizes her talents to give back to the community.  She is an active volunteer at the Whitefish Theatre Company and donated her time and services to filming Flathead Valley Community College’s Rock for Relay fundraiser for the American Cancer Society last year.   She has plans in the works through the FVCC Service Learning program to provide complimentary services to help the Glacier Institute with its upcoming fundraiser as well as volunteer her services to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ Hooked on Fishing program that teaches children about fishing and other positive outdoor activities than students can participate in with their families.

“It’s important to give back to your community and to be involved in organizations you believe in and you feel make a positive impact on people’s lives,” she said.

Producing the video for FVCC was fitting for Haynes as the college has played an instrumental role in her success.  Haynes was home schooled by her mother for 12 years until a near-fatal horseback riding accident nearly took Hayne’s mother’s life.  After putting her high school education on the backburner for four years to care for her ailing grandmother while her mother recovered,  Haynes came to FVCC to prove to herself and her mother, now fully recovered, that she could finish her education.  She earned a General Education Development diploma and then continued on at FVCC to earn a Certificate of Applied Science in business administration.

“The college has helped me beyond measure, and this is a way I can give back to both the college and our community.”

“We are so grateful for Amanda’s generosity to volunteer her talents, time and services to produce this phenomenal video,” said Fries.  “We can’t wait for the world to see it.”

FVCC’s Pink Glove Dance can be accessed on www.youtube.com, www.facebook.com/fvccmt and on the college’s Web site, www.fvcc.edu.  For more information, contact Fries at 756-3668 or at kfries@fvcc.edu

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