ADENA - After a one-year hiatus, the popular Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon is back. The seventh annual event, organized by Nina Sutherland and Pam Cleaver, both of Pleasant Grove, will take place 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30 at The Farm Restaurant in Adena.
The event is typically held outside on the lawn of the restaurant, beneath the shady trees and around the gazebo. In addition to lunch prepared and served by The Farm, the event will feature a fashion show using cancer survivors modeling clothing from Christopher & Banks, raffles, door prizes and other entertainment. Michelle Milbert, who will talk about cancer from a caregiver's perspective, is scheduled to speak, along with Shaunna Dunder Hershberger, a cancer survivor.
Sutherland and Cleaver began the luncheon in 2006, when the Longaberger Company encouraged its consultants to help them promote breast cancer awareness. What began as a small luncheon at their homes for about 30 people has grown to an event that fills The Farm to capacity, about 140 people.
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CANCER AWARENESS will be at the forefront on Saturday, Aug. 30 at the seventh annual Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Farm Restaurant in Adena. The event features a lunch prepared and served by The Farm, a style show, a special raffle for attendees, door prizes and recognition of cancer survivors. At least 20 baskets in a variety of themes including Christmas, fall, baking, Americana, pets and pottery, will be raffled. Pictured with some of the raffle baskets are Nina Sutherland and Pam Cleaver. For tickets, call Cleaver at 635-0351 or Sutherland at 546-4166. You must have a ticket to attend — tickets will not be sold at the door.
In previous years, the proceeds from the luncheon have supported the American Cancer Society and breast cancer research. The last luncheon held in 2012 raised $5,000, and the proceeds to date from the luncheons total more than $20,000. This year, proceeds from the event will benefit the Wheeling Hospital Schiffler Cancer Center's patient assistance fund.
While breast cancer is stressed, Sutherland and Cleaver noted that survivors of all cancers will be honored and recognized at the event. The goal of the luncheon is to foster hope, promote cancer awareness and encourage women.
Because space is limited, only advanced tickets will be sold. Tickets are $25 each and must be purchased by Wednesday, Aug. 27. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Call Cleaver at 635-0351 or Sutherland at 546-4166 for tickets. The Farm Restaurant is located on State Rt. 150 near Mount Pleasant.