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Photo Gallery | PHOTO GALLERY: Pink Pirate breast cancer fundraiser

NORCROSS, Ga. -- October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and organizations like Paint Georgia Pink are taking advantage of the exposure to raise much-needed research funds for this devastating disease.

Every February, Paint Georgia Pink hosts a Pink Pirate Ball fundraiser. Last year's event was a swashbuckling good time, as the pictures show, and the 2012 ball promises to be just as big.

The next Pink Pirate Ball will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18. It will be at the Northeast Atlanta Hilton (5993 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Norcross). Get more information here.

Paint Georgia Pink also plans to hold a cheering station for this weekend's Komen 3-Day Walk. Visit the Bank of America at 1615 North Decatur Road near Emory University between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23 to cheer alongside the group.

Learn more about Paint Georgia Pink and its inspiration, Randi Passoff