Teres Fair, owner of Stanfields Enjoy Style, has worked over the past month to collect all kinds of donations, from canned food items to a Pendleton wool blanket, on behalf of her Know Your Knockers event in an effort to raise money for local breast cancer services.
All items were raffled off this weekend to those who had purchased tickets to help raise money from the event. Fair also organized a silent auction with some of the items, sold breast cancer memorabilia and donated a portion of her proceeds from sales over the weekend to the cause.
Some of the more expensive items donated included a leather handbag by Turquoise Arrow, a custom breast cancer pendant from ZPT Silversmiths and a Pendleton wool blanket donated by the La Plant family, which represents a $360 value.
We have had an enormous outpouring of wonderful donations, Fair said. They are very appreciated.
All funds raised from the event, approximately $2,600, will go to the Good Shepherd Community Health Foundation, Fair said.
Throughout the day Saturday, community members also had the chance to meet the donors and artists who provided their crafts to the cause, and Athena High School student Laura Herbes played bagpipes outside of the Enjoy Style store to welcome people to the event.
Fair said she decided to start the event this year during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in honor of her aunt, who is currently battling the disease.
I think it is an important issue that, unfortunately, too many people battle, she said. This was one way of supporting our local people who are fighting it.
Fair said she decided to donate the funds to the Good Shepherd Community Health Foundation because she wanted all of the funds to stay local.
It is an amazing (organization) to have here locally, she said. The foundation is an amazing supporter. All funds will go to local people.
Fair said the foundation will use the funds to offset costs for mammograms, treatment, lodging and travel expenses for people seeking treatment.
This was one way of supporting our local people who are fighting it, she said.
Fair said even though the event was Saturday, she will continue to sell breast cancer memorabilia through the end of this month to raise even more money for the cause.
She said the Know Your Knockers event is something she hopes to do every year.
It is the first year, but we are growing it, and with each year we hope to get bigger and better, she said.