October is a time when cancer, breast cancer specifically, is thrust into the national spotlight. People across the country wear pink to make a statement and bring attention to the numerous patients and survivors.
Making a similar statement, organizers of Fun and Fashion for the Cure in Newton are hoping to raise awareness locally through their annual event Oct. 24 at the Meridian Center (1420 E. Broadway Ct.).
Holding a fashion show and silent auction, the event aims to bring attention to cancer in general and the funds raised benefit the Harvey County chapter of Victory in the Valley — an organization that provides support for cancer patients.
"The names have changed, but the format is basically the same as it's been in the past years," said planning committee member Karen Farrell.
Local clothing stores Dress Barn, Moyo's and Main Street Company will once again be providing outfits for the models. In addition to the fashion revue and auction, a light buffet dinner will be offered to attendees and there will be door prizes as well.
While the models are one of the lone varying elements this year, what has not changed is the fact that they — along with some of the organizers —are cancer survivors, helping with the awareness factor and part of what drew Farrell to get involved.
"I personally have never had cancer, but all the models have had cancer or are in the process of going through treatment. That is significant, I think. Three of our committee members are cancer survivors," Farrell said. "You know, you just look at people like that and you want to keep doing everything you can. They've all benefitted from the Victory in the Valley proceeds."
On top of raising awareness and letting those dealing with cancer know they are not alone, raising funds at a higher level year in and year out continues to be a goal of the organizers — with Farrell noting this year the group is looking to top the $4,500 raised in 2016.
Since joining on with the event planning committee, Farrell noted she has had her eyes opened to just how many people cancer can affect and that is part of why she encourages getting involved and attending Fun and Fashion for the Cure — because of just how close to home it hits.
"Everybody knows somebody who has had cancer, so I think that's a big part of it, too — to join in and be united in support," Farrell said. "It has certainly raised my awareness. I didn't even know very many people who had cancer. So, for me to be a part of it personally just means that I'm contributing to something that I think is important to a lot of people. I'm glad it hasn't affected me, but if it ever does I will know where the support will come from."
Fun and Fashion for the Cure will begin at 6 p.m. on Oct. 24. Tickets are $25 and available through the clothing retailers participating in the event.