Attending a neighbor’s barbecue benefitting the Avon Walk to cure breast cancer (called Avon 39) was all the inspiration Debbie Cain needed to get involved. Cain, owner of Inspirations Home Décor and More on Glenwood Avenue, had her own breast cancer scare, and her marketing director lost her mother to the disease.
“Since many of us within the store have been affected by breast cancer, it was the perfect fit,” she says.
Cain and other sponsors, including Bella Monica, have partnered together to help raise money for breast cancer awareness and research through a fun evening of shopping.
The event, “Girl’s Night Out,” is a silent auction party that donates 100 percent of the proceeds to Avon 39 and awards $500 worth of design services to the winner of its scavenger hunt. All are welcome, although Cain asks guests to RSVP; donations at the door are appreciated. The night includes lots of extras and offers, exclusive girl time, as well as an opportunity to cross some names off your shopping list.
This will be Carrie Rosenquist’s third year attending; she’s had good luck winning items and enjoys bidding. Last year, she spent $20 on a tray, $10 on a pearl bracelet, and $25 for multiple pillows.
“On auction they have jewelry, clothing, furniture, home décor pieces, and gift certificates to restaurants,” says Rosenquist. “The auction items are generous. It’s usually packed and everyone is laughing and eating. I recommend getting there early to grab a parking spot.”
It’s no secret that increased fundraising for breast cancer around the globe has helped improve survival rates, which provides fuel for Cain to continue hosting more “Girl’s Night Out” events. The store holds three a year and so far has donated a total of $10,000.