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Police captain leads the Army of Pink

November 06, 2012|By Joyce Rudolph
  • Dr. Boris Bagdasarian, right, the first Army of Pink campaign winner in 2010, presents the Army of Pink boxing gloves to the 2012 winner Carl Povilaitis.
Dr. Boris Bagdasarian, right, the first Army of Pink campaign… (Courtesy photo…)

Glendale Police Capt. Carl Povilaitis received the most online votes, garnering him the Man in Pink title in Glendale Adventist's Army of Pink campaign, a biennial event created to call attention to breast cancer awareness and the importance of early detection.

He participated in the campaign, he said, because he has friends who have had breast cancer and other friends who had long battles with lung cancer and did not survive.

“You can't go through life without running into those issues, and you see how it impacts people and families,” he said. “But there are those who survive, so the important message to get out is to get it detected early so you can survive.”

More than 80,000 votes were tallied on the Glendale Adventist Medical Center website, officials said. As balloting took place, voters also learned about each candidate and a wealth of information about cancer and the benefits of early detection.

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The rewards for winning the vote include that either Povilaitis or another member of the Police Department will ride on the Glendale Rose Float, and the Glendale Adventist Cancer Center lobby will be named in his honor for two years when the next Man in Pink online election takes place.

It is very humbling to have received this honor, Povilaitis said, but he would not have achieved it without the help of his campaign manager Denise Miller, director of the Live Well Senior Program at Adventist, and a team of people who did a lot of outreach to inspire voting for him.

“Through events like these, one finds out how wonderful Glendale is because there are a lot of people committed to causes like this who really want to help make Glendale a better place,” Povilaitis said.

Working at the Police Department for 22 years, Povilaitis has become involved in a lot of partnerships with the community to reduce crime and to improve the quality of life in Glendale, he said.

And the Glendale Police Department is multidimensional, Povilaitis said, in that a lot of people there reach out to improve the quality of life of others, whether trying to raise awareness of breast cancer, working with disabled kids or finding a family that needs a bit of extra help.

“That is the Glendale Police Department. That is the Glendale community. That is what makes it a great place to live and work,” he said.

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