Shop till you drop
- Written by Morgan Creager
Walden Country Club hosts “Shop for a Cure” event Find the biggest shopping bag and come help ladies from around the community shop for a cure at the Walden Country Club May 4. The event is held to raise money for the American Cancer Society and help doctors find a cure for cancer. “It is a great excuse to have a girls’ night out to shop. What is better than guilt-free shopping?” said Michele Witkowski, event coordinator. Shop for a Cure is a big shopping event that features many local businesses, home-based businesses and vendors of all sorts. “It is just one big girls’ night out. I would love to see a lot of ladies at this event,” said Witkowski. Jewelry, home decor, baby items, T-shirts, purses, quilts, yard art, make-up, and so much more will fill the club from floor to ceiling. Everything a lady could want will be available at this event. Witkowski explained there will also be a local chiropractor offering massages for those women who have had a long day at home or at the office. Many local businesses will even shut their doors early to come and support the cause. “It is truly an honor to work with each and every person that participates,” said Witkowski. Witkowski, a wife of 14 years and mother of two, moved here from Michigan two years ago. Shop for a Cure is an event that she did in Michigan, and she desired to make it known to community members here. She is a sales consultant for Premier Designs jewelry and hosts fundraising shows periodically. “I thought it would be great to do a fundraiser on a bigger scale. Shop for a Cure allows us to make an impact for ACS, and every little bit counts,” said Witkowski. Witkowski is a Hodgkins Lymphoma cancer survivor herself and said she believes it is extremely important to give back to the American Cancer Society and to the community. Her hope is to help those going through treatment or struggling with the that cancer causes, physically and emotionally. Using her business as an outlet, Witkowski has annually donated free earrings to those women going through the horrors that cancer can cause. “It is hard to believe, but when you lose your hair, earrings make a wonderful difference to help you feel pretty when the world doesn’t look so pretty,” she said. During the event, Witkowski will be offering to host a “Girls Night in With Premier” to women who want to have a jewelry show. For any shows booked at Shop for a Cure, Witkowski said she will be donating 50 percent of her profit to the American Cancer Society. Walden Country Club will donate their facilities and is providing appetizers and a cash bar. During the event, all survivors will be recognized and celebrated. “The more people that attend the better. I want to do everything I can to support cancer victims and ACS,” said Witkowski. Admission is free and booth fees and silent auction proceeds will also go to ACS.