If you find yourself driving through town seeing a lot of pink, here's why.

In order to raise awareness of the importance of getting an annual mammogram, towns around our area will join Meridian Health and paint their towns pink.

Many towns in Monmouth and Ocean County, including Manasquan, Point Beach, Point Borough, Spring Lake, and Avon, along with many others, will be participating in this great event.

Everything from municipal buildings to businesses and doctors' offices will be dressing their places in pink (even the male employees at Rocco's Pizza in Manasquan will be wearing pink shirts!) starting May 1st.

"Paint the Town Pink" is a reminder to women ages 40 and older to get an annual mammogram. The event will also raise funds to provide free mammographies to those without health insurance.

One big event will be held at the Algonquin Arts Theatre in Manasquan, where Meridian Health will present "Little Things: An Evening with Giuliana and Bill Rancic" on May 4th. They'll talk about how a mammogram changed their lives forever. Before the event, they will hold a 'pink carpet' pre-cocktail party at Firefly on Main Street in Manasquan at 7 pm.

You can even dress up your car, with Meridian's "Pink Your Ride". Decorate your car in pink, then upload pictures to Meridian's website for a chance to win prizes. There are 'most creative' prizes for schools, too.

You'll see pink cupcakes in some bakeries, pink manicure specials in some salons, pink cocktails in some restaurants, and some clothing stores will hold pink sales. In Manasquan, grass in one park will be spray painted with a pink logo.

Other towns participating include: Asbury Park, Atlantic Highlands, Brick, Fair Haven, Highlands, Holdmel, Jackson, Little Silver, Manahawkin, Middletown, Monmouth Beach, Neptune, Neptune City, Ocean Grove, Red Bank, Rumson, Shrewsbury, Toms River, and West Long Branch.

Follow "Paint the Town Pink" on Facebook for a complete list of events and activities.