Top row L-R: Stephanie Green, Colleen Dyer, Joanne Hohnedel, Lisa Zettel Bottom row L-R: Becky Lamache, Sharon Fair, Leanne Spies, Jennifer O’Brian, Rose Workman, Marg Drexler
This is the eight year that the Commercial Tavern in Maryhill has hosted the “Think Pink” Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Fundraiser event. This was held on Saturday, April 9th starting at 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.
The event started years ago on a Saturday evening when Marg Drexler and cousin Sheri Lorentz were discussing ideas of having a fun time together with family and friends. They hit upon the idea of a ladies afternoon of karoke with the proceeds going to the Canadian Cancer Society. Every family has been affected by cancer and this seemed like a good idea and a great cause. When it first started, it was a ladies-only afternoon, but now includes other family members.
Now taking the reins with Marg Drexler and Lisa Zettel are several other ladies – Colleen Dyer, Sharon Fair, Stephanie Green, Joanne Hohnedel, Becky Lamache, Jennifer O’Brian, Leanne Spies and Rose Workman.
Paul Weber, owner of the Commercial Tavern, very graciously offered his business for the event. Then the fun began – getting in touch with family, friends and neighbours to pass the word along and promote the event. The rest is history.
Seventy -eight baskets were received for the silent auction, and more than 100 door prizes were also donated.
For a monetary donation, participants could go on stage and sing karoke, or have Paul Weber sing one of that person’s favourite song.
The Commercial was packed with friends who hadn’t seen each other since the year before or even longer plus many neighbours in the Maryhill area.
It was a fun time for a great cause with donations going to the Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Foundation which provides financial assistance to help those battling breast cancer. Some of these expenses may involve items such as prosthetic breasts, special bras, wigs, hats and medications. This foundation also helps with the financial aspects of battling cancer so they can better focus on their personal well-being.
Next year’s event is set for April 8, 2017.