Decorating Contest winners invited to Live Learning Center research reception

The Paint the Town Pink Steering Committee announces the return of a citywide decorating contest as part of the 2016 Paint the Town Pink initiative. The contest, that last took place in 2013, aims to add more pink around Austin in the coming weeks, helping to raise awareness and support for The Hormel Institute’s world-renowned breast cancer research. Contest winners will meet cancer researchers from around the world as the prize includes an invite to the historic “first” cancer research conference reception using the new Live Learning Center.

The contest consists of two categories: Home and Business/Nonprofit. Applications to enter the contest can be found on The Hormel Institute’s website ( and click on the PTTP link at the top of the page) or on the Paint the Town Pink’s Facebook page at Please complete and submit the application by mail to The Austin Bruins, c/o Decorating contest, 501 2nd Ave. N.E., Austin, MN, 55912 or they can be emailed to There is no fee to enter the contest and applicants will be notified of the judging times after applications are reviewed.

Applications must be received by Monday, January 25th, 2016 and judging will take place Friday, January 29th, 2016. Winners of each category will be announced during the live KAUS broadcast (from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM) at the Plunging for Pink event on Saturday, January 30th, 2016.

One winner from each category will receive entry for two to attend the opening reception of the first and historic cancer conference using the new Live Learning Center hosted by The Hormel Institute on the evening of June 1, 2016.

For a complete list and all details on PTTP events, go online to The Hormel Institute’s website – – and click on the PTTP link at the top or go to Paint the Town Pink’s Facebook page at

Anyone who is interested in volunteering or initiating a new event for the 2016 PTTP is encouraged to contact Kathi Finley at 507-460-0259 or by email at