CCA staff working at the fundraiser included Lisa
Ramlow. LDN staff included Karen Hargis, Lisa Whitson, Dee
Vandevender and Nila Smith. Other volunteers helping out included
friends and family members Janet Cook, Richard Smith, and LCHS
National Honor Society member Madeline Steiner.
Team members also sold luminaria, held a small but fun fundraiser at
the Relay, and solicited donations whenever the opportunity arose.
By June when the annual event was held, the group had raised over
$5,000 for Relay for Life of Logan County.
Did you know that within the American Cancer Society, fundraisers
can be ear-marked for specific cancer research? Well it can. The
Friends and Family team is earmarking their fundraising efforts to
go to Breast Cancer Research.
Even though the next relay event won’t be until June of 2019, Relay
for Life teams are continually working to raise money.
At LDN, the ‘Friends and Family’ team is expanding its fundraising
efforts by including a new kind of fundraiser. The Pink Pumpkin
Auction is a consolidated joint effort to be held Thursday, October
4th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Collision Concepts in Lincoln. The
slightly up-scale, business attire casual event is free and open to
the public, but be sure to bring your checkbooks!
This event is being held in partnership with Collision Concepts, and
a great deal of assistance from Gail’s Pumpkin Patch of Beason,
Lincoln Printers, and Mike Maske Auction Services of Mount Pulaski,
as well as more businesses and individuals who have committed to
creating a Pink Pumpkin themed item for the auction.
As of August 31st, we have more than 40 items being
donated to the auction!
Donated by CCA Online
Donated by Marjorie Douglas
provided pink plastic pumpkins to anyone who wished to use them,
Gail’s donated real pumpkins, and some of our donors wanted to
create their own version of a pink pumpkin, such as Terry and Wendy
Bell, who will be doing a metal art pumpkin for the auction.
Donated by Forget Me Not Floral & Gifts
Donated by Flowers & Things
you’ve not heard of Pink Pumpkin, it is kind of self-defining.
Donors are invited to create a Pink Pumpkin themed design that can
be whatever their imagination is able to come up with. We will have
pumpkins that are filled with flower arrangements courtesy of our
local florists and other crafty people. As stated earlier we know
there will be a metal art pumpkin on hand.
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Donated by Debbie's Downtown Floral
We’ve received commitment from Guest House Coffee and
Pastries for something “edible,” that is sure to be a delight.
We also want to share another important donation from
Kroger. Because LDN staff always have a lot of irons in the fire, we
start early in our planning process so we can be sure that we are
not at the eleventh hour scrambling to get things done. To that end,
several weeks ago the floral department at Kroger was approached and
asked to donate a candy bar bouquet. LDN did this long before it was
announced that Kroger would be closing. The store said, “Yes,” they
would be happy to donate a candy bar bouquet.
Donated by Kroger
About a week after the
announcement came out that they would close, the staff at Kroger
worked up a really great item for the auction! Karen Hargis and Roy
Logan were really excited that the good folks at the Lincoln Kroger,
all local folks who care about our community, went forward with
their promise in spite of the fact they would be closed long before
the Pink Pumpkin Auction. The candy bars are all still in their
original wrappers and will keep nicely until October as the bouquet
is being stored in a cool dry location.
We want to say “Kudo’s” to Kroger employees for supporting the
effort in spite of their circumstances, and thanks so much for being
a vital part of our community for so many years.
At the Pink Pumpkin Auction, a social hour will begin at 5 p.m. It
will be a great time to network and connect with old friends and
also make new friends. At 6 p.m. the auction will begin. Auctioneer
Mike Maske will use his special talent to get top dollar for the
many offerings at the auction.
At the end of the night, a cashier will collect cash and checks
only. Please, no debit or credit cards. Checks should be made out
directly to: Relay for Life of Logan County.
The great thing to this fundraiser is that 100 percent of the
proceeds from this event will go to the American Cancer Society for
breast cancer research and support.
If you come, please bring your checkbook or billfold, and if you
don’t win a bid, you may still support the fundraiser. There will be
a donation can at the cashier’s table for anyone who wishes to drop
in a donation.
Also at the fundraiser will be the guest book with names being
collected for our Wall of Hope that will be published in the online
Paint the Paper Pink magazine.
This is a wonderful and fun idea, plus a great way to raise funds
for Relay for Life. And again, we have to give credit to Cindy
Guyett at Collison Concepts for bringing the idea to light. Guyett
has been involved with other similar events in the Springfield area,
and witnessed that they very good fundraisers that also brought
people together. She came up with the idea, and offered to help see
it through by offering assisting in getting it organized, donating
the location for the auction, as well as contributing in countless
other ways, all with the aim of making it a very successful and
This event is open to the public, and you are all encouraged to
attend with checkbook or cash in hand.
For planning purposes, you are requested to R.S.V.P. Please email us
at pink@ lincolndaily
news.com. Reservation or not, please come.
Auction winners will also have their photo taken with their
purchase. That photo will be included in our ‘Paint the Paper Pink’
magazine, offering everyone an opportunity to publicly show their
support for breast cancer awareness and research.
Mark your calendars now:
Pink Pumpkin Auction
Thursday, October 4th
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
1005 Macon St., Lincoln