More than 150 participants, along with their dogs, came out in support of the event held at Town Square Park in Murrieta on Feb. 28, according to Susan G. Komen Inland Empire’s Development Manager Bruce Cripe.
“I think we had over 200 last year,” said Cripe, adding that he believed the weather had something to do with the lower turn out this year.
“There were 152 people who came out to support Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Paws for the Cure event,” Cripe said. “I think we had over 200 last year. I think the weather had something to do with the lower turn out this year. But we still consider it to be a successful event in the fight against cancer.”
Temecula singer songwriter Joanna Pearl was one of the participants who braved the cold weather to lend her talents to the event.
Pearl, who recently won Hot AC Album of the Year for her debut EP “Sensitive Material” at the 24th annual LA Music Awards, believes songs are a form of storytelling.
“I always try to convey that in my singing, she said. “If I can’t feel it, then I usually won’t do it any justice by trying to sing it.”
Pearl said that she is a passionate supporter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation because her grandmother passed of breast cancer.
“This is actually the second year that I have been asked to sing and it’s a dual honor to support the cause and sing our national anthem,” she said. “Plus, I’m a huge dog lover.”
While numbers for funds raised at Saturday’s event are not yet available, money that is donated to Komen will be used in the fight against the disease that affects 1.3 million people annually.
“Donations are open until the end of the week,” Cripe said. “One in eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer and those who wish to help can continue to donate online at www.Komenie.org.”
Pearl, who has performed for the likes of Olivia Newton-John and Patrick Dempsey and at the House of Blues in San Diego, said she hopes to bring awareness to events and causes like Paws for the Cure by using her voice both on social media and at the events themselves.
“I try and support the things that I believe in and it’s a high priority of mine to give back, especially to my community,” she said, adding that while it was cold and began to rain prior to the event ending the show must go on.
“It was great to see that teams of people still came out with their furry friends,” she said. “There was a lot going on but I was able to see some demonstrations of service animals and all the things they can do like pick up keys, pay cashiers and open doors. Dogs really are amazing creatures.”