If you are a survivor or are facing a breast cancer diagnosis or going through treatment, we invite you to join us for our monthly Support Group. These happen the first Tuesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. at the Jack Russel Memorial Library in Hartford, Wis. All are welcome to join. Please follow us on Facebook for more information.

Our Board of Directors:

  • Erin Wilk - President

  • Diane Mayer - Vice President

  • Julie Wilk - Treasurer

  • Carol Tautges - Secretary

  • Mary Black - Board Member

  • Linda Mehlum - Board Member

  • Laura Steger - Board Member

  • Carly Shipley - Board Member

Volunteer Coordinator: Mary Kowalke


In Downtown Hartford - Signup Here!

2015 marked our first ever Pink Pumpkin Run! Since then we have raised almost $100,000 to give back to local families going through breast cancer.  Please register for the 2019 Pink Pumpkin Run and support our cause!

This year our race is scheduled for October 5, 2019 in downtown Hartford. In addition to a 5k run, we also offer a 2 mile walk and a kid's Downtown Dash! We look forward to seeing the whole family!

Tentative schedule of events for the 2019 Pink Pumpkin Run:

  • 7:30 a.m. Registration begins at Salon Effervescence - 55 E. Sumner Street (highway 60), half a block east of intersection of Hwy 83 and Hwy 60.

  • 8:30 a.m. Warm-up with Jazzercise (on Main Street)

  • 9:00 a.m. 5k Run

  • 9:05 a.m. 2 mile Walk

  • 10:00 a.m. Kid's Downtown Dash (for kids 2-10)

  • 10:15 a.m. Closing Ceremony (on Main Street)

Our mission is to help local families affected by breast cancer, by providing basic daily needs in the form of gift cards and services. We also hope to encourage, empower and inspire our community, and the families within it, through our efforts!

To Volunteer for the day of our event or to help before then, please email mary at mkkowalke@sbcglobal.net

Nominate Someone in Need

If you or someone you know is battling breast cancer and could benefit from some help in the form of dining/gas gift cards or cleaning services, or anything else you can apply for that here.

2019 Pink Pumpkin Run- October 5th, 2019

Contact info:

Pink Pumpkin Run
P.O. Box 270013
Hartford, WI 53027

In Downtown Hartford

We are excited for our fifth Pink Pumpkin Run and we look forward to seeing you all there in October! In the meantime, please LIKE us on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PinkPumpkinRun. Stay tuned for more information on sponsoring our event and registering for our run. Together we can make a difference in our communities!


Please email Mary at mkkowalke@sbcglobal.net to sign up as a volunteer for the day of our event!


Click here to register on runsignup.com or fill out paperwork at Salon Effervescence or Grand Avenue Dental Care. If you have general questions about the event or sponsoring, please email Erin at erin@drpeterwilk.com

2019 HOT PINK SPONSORs- thank you!

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The Oberreich Foundation

Nancy Jones’ Family


Hartford Lion’s Club



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Rose Pink Sponsors

  • Cedarburg Creek Farm

  • Delta Defense

  • DJS Manufacturing

  • First Bank Financial Center

  • Hartford Kettle Moraine Lions

  • Laufer Trucking

  • Mantz Automation

  • Westbury Bank

Ballet Slipper Sponsors

  • Allstate Insurance- Penny Zagel

  • Coldwell Banker Realty

  • Community Chiropractic

  • Downtown Beverage

  • Douglas Jeweler

  • First Weber Realty - Dana Osmanski and Phyllis Godfrey

  • Fox Bros. Piggly Wiggly

  • Frangquist Insurance Agency

  • Furnish Traders

  • Hahn’s Ace Hardware

  • Horsch and Miller

  • Jazzercise

  • Jeanette Graf Cupcakes

  • Joe Mama’s Restaurant

  • Joe’s Slinger Service

  • Kathy Kempen

  • KM Tours

  • Kwik Trip

  • Lammscapes

  • Little Slice of Heaven Cupcakes

  • McDonalds - Hartford

  • Mineshaft

  • MJ's Market and Catering

  • Nails by Lucille

  • Penny Allen Memorial Gift

  • Perc Place

  • RS Semler Insurance

  • Sass A Frass Candles

  • Schauer Arts Center

  • Schubert’s Hartford Theater

  • Scoop DeVille

  • Subway of Allenton

  • Suzanne Miller Cupcakes

  • Tally Ho

  • Wisconsin Automative Museum

Special Thanks to:

Jack Russel Memorial Library- for hosting our 2019 monthly support groups, we thank you.

Our tireless and inspirational board members. They do SO much!

Our dedicated and loyal volunteers - without you, we couldn't do what we do!

About Us

The Pink Pumpkin Run is run and organized by a group of women and men who have been directly impacted by breast cancer. Julie Wilk was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. The very next year, she decided to start painting pumpkins pink during the month of October to decorate her husband's dental office, Grand Avenue Dental Care. At the time, it was just meant to be a way to meaningfully decorate the office and bring awareness to breast cancer. It turned out that patients were touched and moved by the pumpkins and soon they started asking if they could buy one. Within a few years, Erin helped Julie to paint more pumpkins each year and patients at the office could make a donation to the Avon Race for the Cure and then pick a pumpkin to take home. The pumpkins were a huge hit and the next year, they painted enough of them to sell some at Faith and Giggles and Perc Place. In 2013, Sally Jude was diagnosed with breast cancer and during her chemo, a friend had purchased her a pink pumpkin. The pumpkin made it through chemo with her and, once recovered, she began to think about how she could make a difference and get more people involved.

In the fall of 2014, Sally's friend, Karin Buhle introduced Erin and Sally in the Hartford Business Improvement District office and Pink Pumpkin ideas began flowing. After a couple more introductions and a few lunches, the inaugural run was scheduled for October 3rd, 2015. Farmers were contacted to donate pumpkins to the cause, additional committee members gathered who were interested in the cause, and it was decided that all monies raised would stay local to help those going through what we all knew so well.

And so, the Pink Pumpkin Run was born.

Our Board of Directors:

  • Erin Wilk - President

  • Diane Mayer - Vice President

  • Julie Wilk - Treasurer

  • Carol Tautges - Secretary

  • Mary Black - Board Member

  • Linda Mehlum - Board Member

  • Laura Steger - Board Member

  • Carly Shipley - Board Member