Mark Your Calendars - 3 Upcoming Fall Events to Challenge Cancer!
This past summer, more than 1,000 women raised over $1.65 million in support of Maine Cancer Foundation’s largest event of the year, the Tri for a Cure. For the Tri’s 10th anniversary on July 23, 2017, we are setting our sights even higher – and some participants have already started fundraising to help us get there.
“In 2014, a group of about eight women met for lunch in the Unum cafeteria. We talked about how we could fundraise for the Tri as a group to make it fun and easy,” said Dana Lesniak (middle), who last year alone raised over $10,000 for Maine Cancer Foundation.
Soon after the initial meeting, The Pink Tutu Ladies fundraising group was born. As the name suggests, members wear pink tutus and beads to various events, crediting much of their fundraising success to the get-ups. “Any time someone sees an adult woman in a tutu they start laughing. They drop their guard and are immediately interested in hearing about why we’re asking for money,” said Lesniak.
The Pink Tutu Ladies are hosting the first annual Tuxes and Tutus event at DiMillos on the Waterfront on Friday, September 30th from 7pm-11pm. The event will feature live 80’s cover band Girls Just Want To Have Fun, a cash bar, and a silent auction with over twenty-five diverse items sure to please a variety of tastes. Don’t forget to wear your most rockin’ 80’s attire – the more outrageous the better!
For four years, JoAnne Christman (far right) has led the charge for Witches Wear Pink – an annual cocktail party with proceeds supporting Maine Cancer Foundation. As the president and founder of the event, JoAnne has helped the Witches raise thousands of dollars for cancer programs statewide. “Witches Wear Pink is a non-profit organization passionate about women’s breast health, “says Christman. “Our annual cocktail party supports Maine Cancer Foundation’s goals of promoting healthy lifestyles, early detection, and improved patient outcomes.”
The party celebrates the present – the organization’s motto – all while supporting a great cause. “It’s a fun evening with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres dancing, and an auction,” says Christman. “Breast cancer has made me realize that preventative care and increased cancer screening, along with new technologies and scientific research, really can save lives.”
Lori Voornas, lead of WJBQ 97.9’s morning crew, is organizing her 10th annual Cans for a Cure in honor of breast cancer awareness month. For three days, Lori and fellow radio personalities Jeff & Kylie, will be living in a motor home parked at Maine Mall. Their goal? Collect one million bottles and cans –i.e. $50,000, to benefit Maine Cancer Foundation and Cancer Community Center.
You can make a monetary donation here. Otherwise, start saving those recyclables and stop by the Maine Mall lot to deliver your bounty in person. Already have a Clynk account? Enter Cans for a Cure in the Community Cash search and help our friends at WJBQ reach their terrific goal today!