The Times – Pink Ribbon Society asking for community’s help to stay afloat

August 19, 2020

The Times – August 19, 2020

For the last 19 years, the Pink Ribbon Society has helped men and women affected by breast cancer. Now, the nonprofit is seeking the community’s help.

Founder Ann Peters said the Pink Ribbon Society recently sent out an SOS (Save Our Society) call after it had to cancel its only major fundraiser of the year.

“Everybody’s struggling right now, all the businesses and not-for-profits, maybe even more so than other businesses,” Peters said. Because we depend 100% on donations, it’s been pretty rough for us.”

Peters said the nonprofit canceled its annual Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which put a “big hole” in the Society’s budget.

“People are so disappointed that we’re not doing the tea this year, but … the safety of our supporters, our staff, and our volunteers has to come first,” she said. We are hoping to pick up where we left off next year so that we won’t have to cancel the tea again.”

With its signature fundraiser off the calendar, Peters said the organization needs to “find other ways to keep our doors open.”

To continue providing services to the community, the nonprofit started a GoFundMe and will participate in the checkout challenge at Strack & Van Til in October.

“We’re very proud of what we’ve done in the community for 19 years now, and we’re just hoping that we’ve done well enough that people will want us to stay around, and they’ll continue to support us,” Peters said.

A 43-year breast cancer survivor herself, Peters said she would be heartbroken to see the Society close its doors.

Peters said the Society will continue its efforts, though it may have to reduce its contributions. On average, Peters said the organization disburses around $80,000 annually for its programs.

Every year, the Pink Ribbon Society underwrites patient compression sleeves, as well as 250-300 mammograms and ultrasounds, totaling more than $50,000; donates $10,000 to help patients who lost their hair during treatment afford wigs; provides Bundles of Hope bags for patients arriving to their first treatment; and gives gift cards to patients in treatment and in need of financial help.

“We’re going to try to find a way to stay in the community and help other people, even if we can’t do it at 100% of the capacity we’ve done in the past,” Peters said.

She later added: “It would break my heart to have to go away. … If we can’t do it, it won’t be because we haven’t tried. And we’ll give it everything we’ve got and hope that the community will be out there to support us.”

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