Tough Enough to Wear Pink Events Raise $26,430 to Help Breast Cancer Patients
The hardworking volunteers who organized the fun-filled Tough Enough to Wear Pink events at the Montana State Fair recently gave a generous donation of $26,431 to the Benefis Foundation to support the Benefis Sletten Cancer Institute’s Circle of Hope Program. The money was raised through the Montana Most Wanted Bachelor Auction, Cowgirl University and Rodeo Uncorked.
Circle of Hope helps breast cancer patients and survivors in many wonderful ways. The program provides wigs and other image services, breast prosthetics, fittings, exercise classes, support groups and much more.
“We do it for the woman who has to sit in that chair and get her head shaved,” said Sandra Thares, who helped organize the events. “We do it because we know it’s for a good cause.”
The Montana Most Wanted Bachelor Auction kicked off Tough Enough to Wear Pink week on July 29 with an auction of get-away date packages followed by the bachelor auction. Cowgirl-U, the ladies-only rodeo workshop that prepped women for the Big Sky Pro Rodeo Roundup, was held Aug. 1. And then Rodeo Uncorked wrapped up the week on August 3 with a fine western art sale, wine and whiskey tastings, and a wine wall.
The event committee is made up of Sandra Thares, Jennifer Gruber, Erin Townsend, Lacey Gallagher, Kristie Morgan, Jodi Dake, Ryan Jordan, Keith Teske, Cheri Hansen, Sonya Mahlum, Sparky Kottke, Nancy Vercolen, Jim Senst, Scott DeBrea, Sara Boadle and Susan Johnson. This was the fourth year the group selected Sletten’s Circle of Hope Program as the beneficiary of their event proceeds.
“We are honored that these dedicated people selected the Circle of Hope as the recipient of their event proceeds again this year,” said Joe LoDuca, Chief Administrative Officer at the Sletten Cancer Institute. “This money will go a long ways in making services available to people who otherwise may not be able to afford them. A huge thanks to the committee and to the many people who gave their support by participating in the Tough Enough to Wear Pink events.”