Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente presented a check for $4,225 to the American Cancer Society on Tuesday.

The money was raised through a series of employee dress down days as part of the County Executive's "Real Men Wear Pink" campaign.  Picente wore an article of pink clothing every day in October to raise awareness of breast cancer.

Picente participated in the initiative for the second straight year and was named the Real Men Wear Pink's top "Real Man" for 2018, raising a total of $5,527.

“I want to thank our county employees and all the rest of those who made a donation in my name for this worthy cause,” Picente said. “It is truly humbling that so many people joined me to fight against this scourge that affects so many of the women we hold dear.”

More than a dozen community leaders participated in this year's Real Men Wear Pink campaign and have raised more than $17,500 C to date.

The County also helped raise breast cancer awareness by placing pink ribbons in the windows of the County Office Building in Utica and lighting the building pink all October long.

photo courtesy of Oneida County Executive's Office