Anna Permar, left, and Brooke Linthicum, of Eastern New Mexico Medical Center, paint it pink during the Roswell Chamber of Commerce Tailgate Party, Thursday. (Mark Wilson Photo)
Barbeque pork mixed with the smell of a quesadilla pizza made every mouth water. With clear blue skies and a series of tents offering food, the Roswell Chamber of Commerce held its fourth annual Tailgate Party outside its office Thursday.
“This is to let the community be involved with the Chamber and get to know the Chamber,” said membership coordinator Stephanie Seabrease.
The objective of the event was purely social. Companies in the community had the chance to gain some publicity and the public had the opportunity to enjoy some great food while meeting others in Roswell.
This socializing and networking opportunity was the best part of the tailgate, said Chamber office manager Candace Lewis.
“It’s football, it’s food — it’s a great time,” Lewis smiled. “We talk about football and it’s laid back. It’s casual and people can just come out and have fun.”
This year, the tailgate had an extra twist. Being in the middle of Paint the Town Pink Roswell, a movement to promote breast cancer awareness, the Chamber ladies dressed in referee shirts to represent football, but the shirts had black and pink stripes, and also wore pink towels secured at the hip to promote breast cancer awareness.
Also helping the cause, one of the yearly attendees to the tailgate, Eastern New Mexico Medical Center, had pink everything to raise money to help fight breast cancer.
Although the annual event celebrated football, with football-shaped cookies and food tents seen at tailgates nationwide, pink stood out in every element of the event, wrapping the tailgate party in nicely with the monthly movement to paint the town pink.