Rockford events to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure

It’s that time of year again—Rockford is adding PINK to its orange and black décor to do their part to raise money for—and awareness of—breast cancer prevention, early detection and treatment. Throughout October, community leaders and area businesses are stepping up to host a series of activities to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Grand Rapids. Be sure to check out—and participate in, if you can—the following activities.

Throughout October, the Rockford D&W Fresh Market is adorned with pink umbrellas hanging upside down above the check out lanes. Toss in your change—every cent counts!

Donate a dollar or more and leave your mark on a pink ribbon postcard, available at a number of downtown stores.

Check out the “Think Pink” displays at area stores, with everything from t-shirts sporting the pink flamingo logo, jewelry, note cards, lace handkerchiefs, pink ribbon pins, and more.

Mark Saturday, Oct. 24 on your calendar for the Third Annual Think Pink Fall Fashion Show at Reds on the River, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This year’s show will include runway modeling from noon to 1 p.m., featuring clothes, accessories, health and beauty products, home décor, and much more from Heart of Rockford Business Association participating members. Reservations are required by calling (616) 863-8181 or online at The fashion show will be emceed by WZZM TV 13 Take Five co-hosts Tara Kuhnlein and Stephanie Webb, and will include models from participating Heart businesses along with community leaders and school officials.

Participating Heart of Rockford businesses include: A Charmed Life… Nail Salon, Aunt Candy’s Toy Co., Baskets in the Belfry, Bow Dacious Designs, G. Willikers, Great Northern Trading Co., J.T. Stitchery & Frame Shop, Jade, Kimberly’s Boutique, Paper Doll, Pegasus Sports, Reds on the River, Right at Home, Right Up Your Alley, Rockford Flower Shop, Rudy Kazoody’s, Sage & Roses, and W.A.R. Chest Boutique.

While at the fashion show, guests will be receive free gifts and discounts redeemable with participating businesses. There is no charge to attend with a lunch purchase, and guests are encouraged to consider a donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure (Grand Rapids), and to participate in the silent auction. Heart businesses are donating gift baskets, gift cards, and an incredible array of products and services with all proceeds to benefit the Komen Foundation. Auction items will be on display at participating businesses for bidding prior to the fashion show, as well as throughout the show. Winning bids will be announced at the conclusion of the fashion show. Reds on the River also is donating a percentage of lunch sales to the Komen Foundation.

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