Pushing Back Against the Enslavement of Breast Cancer …with Underwire and Wine
LaOtto is a small community known for big things. From 1850-1860, slaves traveling on the Underground Railroad snuck into the LaOtto Wesleyan Church—Pastor Aaron Worth’s well-known stopping point for freedom-seekers. Freedom fighters, in 2014, are gathering at LaOtto’s Country Heritage Winery for a chance to bring women out of the bondage of breast cancer.
Breast cancer is not always a deadly enslavement, especially if it is caught early during regular screenings, but it does affect one in every eight women in the United States. Statistics are brighter now than ever before, but 12 percent is still a very high percentage. Pretty in Pink is an event designed to raise funds for the Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, a business that provides resources, counseling, support groups, therapeutic services and hospital supplies to cancer survivors and their caretakers. The Outreach Coordinator for CSNI, Linda Bewley, will speak about the organization, and their goal to increase the quality of life in cancer survivors, at the event.
“We want to encourage community members to connect for a night of inspiration and support for CSNI,” said Barbara Gilbert, of Barbara’s New Beginnings. Barbara’s New Beginnings is a local lingerie shop sponsoring Pretty in Pink for the event’s third year, along with WMEE, the local radio station with “Today’s Best Variety.” Gilbert’s shop offers post-mastectomy lingerie, along with a wide variety of sleepwear, shapewear, swimwear and maternity-wear. Professional bra fitters help to find bras for customers, including breast cancer survivors. Her lingerie sets will be among the exclusive prizes raffled to raise funds for CSNI Thursday night.
Date: Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
Location: Country Heritage Winery
185 County Road 68 Laotto 46763
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Cost: Free! Just show up at the winery for this great event!
The lingerie isn’t the only perk at Pretty in Pink. Country Heritage Winery is sure to be festive and, well, pink this year. The grounds are picture-perfect with brilliant fall foliage surrounding the rustic furnishings, moose head included. Many wines will be offered to the 300 Pretty in Pink guests in a plentiful wine tasting. Along with their use of Hoosier timber, the winery can boast nine local wines with medals from the 2014 Indy Wine Competition, including Cayuga White (which won Double Gold) and Cranberry (which won Gold). With all of that wine, guest might want to indulge in a bit of homemade fudge from the showroom to balance things out.
And if the fudge doesn’t hit your happy spot, then the band will. The band that brought “I Dare You to Move,” “This is Your Life” and “Meant to Live” is performing at Pretty in Pink: Switchfoot! They will rock the stage at Country Heritage for the good of CSNI and women faced with breast cancer in our community.
Speaking of our community, Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana distributes all of their resources locally. This event is not to raise money for a woman in a third-world country (though that would be noble). This event will raise money for your neighbor and your son’s English teacher. This event will change lives in Allen County. Barbara Gilbert’s poignant vision for altruists attending Pretty in Pink: “We hope to have everyone walk away from a beautiful evening knowing that they’ve made a difference in our community.”