Upcoming Gala To Raise Funds For Breast Cancer Research

The team behind the “Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Sit-in” has a new project in the planning stages. This upcoming fundraiser is a gala event called, “Every Little Black Dress Needs a Pink Ribbon.” The gala is scheduled for Saturday, March 23, from 7-10 p.m. at the Jamestown Gateway Station on West Second Street.

The team’s sit-in was accomplished on the lawn of Friendly’s restaurant in Brooklyn Square in Jamestown in October. Bob Terreberry was prepared to sit-in for as long as it would take him to sell 2,500 pink breast cancer awareness bracelets. Within two days the bracelets were sold and fundraising team was half way to their $25,000 goal.

“We had a great response from the community. The Post-Journal and radio station WJTN gave us great coverage. It was getting colder, and I was pleased to only have had to spend two days and nights in my tent,” said Terreberry.

The fundraising team has gone on to stage several small-scale fundraisers and is now ending their efforts before the May 4-5 Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Washington, D.C.

The upcoming gala is described as having a cocktail party atmosphere with wine and beer and hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, a silent auction featuring celebrity memorabilia and original art work by local artists and a fashion show of little black dresses modeled by breast cancer survivors.

Cindy Riggle, the fashion show coordinator, says that the show will tell the stories of the dresses and the ladies.

“The models will be our honored guests for the evening, and we will recognize them as the strong, vital women that they are,” she said.

The number of auction items is growing, and that part of the evening’s schedule will be a major help to the walk team as they strive to meet their pledged goal of $25,000.

“We want people to realize that the money we are raising is money that will go directly to breast cancer research through the grants process instituted by the Avon Foundation. The point of the Avon Walks is to bring together all those fundraisers across the country and all those breast cancer survivors to show the nation, and even the world, that we have this goal of curing breast cancer. We will not let up; there is power in numbers. The breast cancer cure is on the horizon, and we want to see that cure in our lifetime,” said Irene Terreberry, committee person, who is the mother of two-time breast cancer survivor Jennie Terreberry Cox. Cox will be a model at the gala and is a member of the walk team.

For more information, call Bob or Irene Terreberry at 386-2532.