Most people have been touched by cancer in one way or another. Whether you know someone who has survived cancer or you are a cancer survivor yourself, it's an issue that impacts the entire community.
Curves of Newton is encouraging the community to do what they can to support the fight against cancer. The business is one of the sponsors of an upcoming fashion show fund-raiser for the organization Victory in the Valley. All the models for the fashion show are cancer survivors.
"There is hope," said event organization Sue Elder. "We wanted people to see that there's beautiful, vibrant women out there who are survivors."
The event is at 6 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Meridian Center, a new location for the event.
"The customers are excited that it's going to be there this year," said Carolyn Deschner, who's also helping to organize the event.
The event is the fifth cancer survivor fashion show in Newton. Serving on the event committee are Becky Stineman, Carolyn Deschner, Catherine Edwards, Sue Elder, Laura Salmeron and Sylvia Bartel.
Benley's, Main Street Co. and Dress Barn, a new participant in the show, will be supplying the fashions. Other local organizations providing support include the Meridian Center, Newton Medical Center, Flowers by Ruzen, Druber's Donut Shop, Midland National Bank, and others who have provided door prizes.
The event will feature informal modeling. The models will walk around the tables, and attendees can ask them questions about the outfits they're wearing.
The first 125 people through the door will receive a free gift from Curves.
Although the fashion show is being held in October to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the funds raised will help patients with other types of cancer as well, event organizers said.
Victory in the Valley is a non-profit Wichita-based cancer support organization, but the money raised by the fashion show will stay with the Newton chapter. The organization is celebrating its 30th anniversary, and the executive director will speak at the event.
Tickets for the event are available for purchase at Curves, Benley's, Dress Barn and Main Street Co. in Newton. Cost is $25 (suggested donation) and includes a light buffet dinner, door prizes and the fashion show. A cash bar also will be available.
Cut-off date for purchasing tickets is noon on Tuesday, Oct. 15. Those unable to attend the event still can donate to the cause.
Event organizers also want to make sure people know the event isn't just for adults. Edwards encourages mothers and daughters to attend the show together.
"This is a good event for moms to bring their daughters and do bonding," she said.