With October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, organizers of the annual Pink Gala on New Year’s Eve in downtown Franklin are inviting the public to help kick off the event season this Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Kelly Spalding Designs. Over wine and dessert, patrons can not only sponsor a “chemo relief kit” to a woman fighting breast cancer, but also shop with a purpose: 15 percent of all proceeds from the home décor shop’s sales that evening will go to support the Breast Health Center at Williamson Medical Center.
“Having lost my mother to breast cancer and survived the battle myself, this is personal to me,” says Kelly Spalding, who is producing The Pink Gala. “People ask what they can do, and here’s your chance: Buy a $25 chemo relief kit and help ease someone’s discomfort through chemotherapy, and buy a ticket to The Pink Gala. Those proceeds go to help women in this community who are battling breast cancer right now.”
The chemo relief kits include items such as Shea cream, cuticle balm and Clover’s Lip Smack, all made by hand with all-natural ingredients at 1818 Farms. Spalding says chemotherapy causes the skin and lips to become dry and itchy, and nails to be more sensitive.
“You’re also sensitive to perfumes and ingredients that might not have bothered you before. With all of that in mind, I created this kit to give some comfort to those going through chemotherapy and let them know their community cares about them,” she says. “Each kit is delivered with a personal note attached, which can come from the purchaser of the kit. It’s such a simple thing that goes a very long way.”
Tickets for the black-tie New Year’s Eve gala go on sale Thursday for the special price of $150 per person. After Nov. 1, the price increases to $165 per person. The event will feature great food and drink, a wonderful silent auction, dancing to Burning Las Vegas, and a Champagne toast at midnight.
Kelly Spalding Designs is located at 915 Columbia Avenue in downtown Franklin. For more information on the Pink Gala or to purchase tickets, visit www.ThePinkGala.com.