Cutting corners for breast cancer

 Messenger photo by Linda Dillman
 Red Letter Journals owner Brenda Dover, left, along with manager Brenda Abram, right, are painting the store pink with raffle baskets and a quilt, along with specialty items, for a 15-hour Sept. 27 Scrappink event benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Raffle tickets are available during regular store hours and from Scrappink participants with 100 percent of the proceeds donated to the breast cancer research organization.

Runners race for the cure to beat breast cancer and on Sept. 27, scrapbookers are joining in the effort by cutting, gluing, embellishing, and stamping to make a difference in the fight against this deadly disease.

Scrappink is a nationwide effort by Scrapbooks etc. to call attention to breast cancer awareness and raise funds for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Locally, Red Letter Journals, in the Mill Street Market and former Grove City farmer’s exchange building, along with area businesses, is participating in the one-day event with a 15-hour Scrapathon for crafters.

The store is also holding raffles for a handmade quilt, relaxation/spa basket, and a tote stuffed with paper crafting supplies. Manager Brenda Abram emphasized the raffles, with proceeds benefiting the Komen organization, are open to anyone, not just scrapbookers.

"The baskets are worth between $250 and $300," stated Abram. "The Scrap Tote and More was donated by Red Letter Journals and Tonya Moore and the spa/pampering basket contains a pair of pedicures and haircuts, a manicure, massage, facial, spa robe, slippers, hair products, gift certificates from Charles Penzone and the Wooden Spoon, soy candles, and a salt scrub.

"Husbands can come in and buy raffle tickets for their wives and everybody can use a quilt, which was made by Always in Stitches and is valued at $350. Scrappink croppers also have two opportunities to raise funds by getting people to sponsor them per page or per hour or by selling raffle tickets."

Raffle tickets are $3 each or 5 for $10 and available at Red Letter Journals and from Scrapathon participants. Crop sponsors will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Max and Erma’s gift certificate and croppers selling 60 raffle tickets or more have the opportunity to win a $15 Giant Eagle gift certificate.

"Cancer is a subject close to many peoples’ hearts," said Red Letter Journal owner Brenda Dover. "We found out, once we started this, how many people are touched by breast cancer. I have an aunt with breast cancer and there are a lot of our customers who are battling cancer, survivors, or who have a relative or friend with cancer.

"We decided, in general, to get more involved in the community and this was an obvious way. We’re also trying to get the community involved with Scrappink so we can give as much as possible to Komen for the Cure. At this point, most of the food for the crop is donated."

The many faces and feelings of breast cancer are featured on a wall of layouts created by local scrapbookers, on an oversized layout in the store’s front window, and on pink cardstock ribbons embellished by crafters. The ribbons are available to anyone for $1 and 100 percent of the proceeds benefit Komen for the Cure.

Red Letter Journals Scrapathon is 9 a.m. to midnight. The $45 fee includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner, beverages, snacks, access to a pink chocolate fountain, and a donation to Komen for the Cure. Games, prizes, and a make-and-take are also included in the day-long event. A special event laser cut will be available throughout the weekend and the store is unveiling new breast cancer awareness scrapbook paper and embellishments.

"We want to get everybody in the community involved," said Abram, "and you don’t have to be a scrapbooker to buy a raffle ticket or be a sponsor. We want to raise as much as we can for breast cancer research with this event."

Space for the Scrappink crop is limited. For more information, call Red Letter Journals, 3937 Broadway, Grove City, at 539-3900.

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