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A fashionable fundraiser

By Kyle Lincez, The Northern Times

 Residents of Kapuskasing and surrounding area are being invited to take part in an evening of fashion, jewelry and more as Blooming Bouquet Flowers and Gift Shop will be hosting the Dress for a Cause fashion show fundraiser on Oct. 19. 

The Dress for a Cause event will be the fourth annual occasion for the Blooming Bouquet, with all proceeds being raised for breast cancer research through the Breast Cancer Society of Canada.

 
“We are staging a fashion show to attract people in with the primary purpose of raising funds for breast cancer research,” said event organizer Maureen Loaring-Reed. “We're trying to help people realize that there is a way to donate  which can also be really fun for them that they can fit into their week.”
 
The evening event will begin at 7 pm, and go into the evening. 
 
“We wanted to put together an evening of fun and relaxation for the ladies, with refreshments from the Cake Company and Tim Hortons, alongside our co-sponsor Chez Lizette.” 
 
The event will showcase a line of women's clothing that is offered at Blooming Bouquet, as well as Kameleon jewelry. 
 
“Owner/manager Barb Arsenault has opened a new line of ladies clothing, very versatile, elegant but everyday, it's something people can wear and enjoy,” she said. “So we're showcasing the new arrivals for the fall and winter line, alongside Kameleon jewelry.” 
 
Loaring-Reed said that everyone is welcome to attend, with no fee, though they do encourage donations. 
 
“We want people to come in and donate for breast cancer research,” she said. “The organization that raises the most funds is given $5,000 by the Breast Cancer Society towards their local cancer treatment centre. If we win that is fantastic, if we don't win it, we've still raised some dollars for the research, so it's a win-win situation.”
 
Donations can be made at any time at at both locations (Blooming Bouquet and Chez Lizette), until October 20, 2017.
 
“I figure everyone has had a sad experience with breast cancer somewhere in their lives, and if we can raise money for research, we can find a cure for this.” 
 


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