Hope Chest event to raise breast cancer support funds

Local businesses will take part in a fundraiser at the Hope Chest in Navarre this Sunday to help raise money to support people affected by breast cancer.

The Hope Chest is an area organization that offers breast cancer patients help paying their bills while they are in treatment. While visiting the spring trends fundraiser from 12 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, people can learn more about home and garden projects while helping to support people with breast cancer. Pam Mortenson, a co-owner of Table Decor and More, said she helped organize the fundraiser to get involved and give back to the community.

“We were looking around the community, we wanted to be more involved,” she said.

Barbara Hensley stands among products that are sold at the Hope Chest in Navarre. The Hope Chest raises money to support people with breast cancer by selling donated products and hosting events such as the spring home and garden fundraiser on Sunday, April 14.  (Laker staff photo by Blaze Fugina)
Barbara Hensley stands among products that are sold at the Hope Chest in Navarre. The Hope Chest raises money to support people with breast cancer by selling donated products and hosting events such as the spring home and garden fundraiser on Sunday, April 14. (Laker staff photo by Blaze Fugina)

That was when a friend suggested she look at holding a fundraiser at the Hope Chest. Barbara Hensley, the founder of Hope Chest, said her organization helps take care of living expenses while people are in treatment for breast cancer and are often unable to work.

“We provide support for local women with breast cancer to take care of their most urgent needs,” said Hensley.

Hensley said that if breast cancer patients cannot work then they could be left without a steady income. Without money to support themselves women with breast cancer could have utilities in their homes shut off, they might not have food to eat or they may be unable to support their children.

“We put our money where the woman is,” she said. “We keep them in their home and keep the lights on and houses warm.”

Hensley said she decided to open the Hope Chest after she lost two of her sisters to breast cancer. After seeing the effects of breast cancer Hensley said she wanted to help area people who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

“It was founded for making it easy for women in treatment to take care of their daily expenses,” she said.

Visitors to the Hope Chest on April 14 will learn about spring trends for the home and garden from 10 different sponsors. The spring trends at the fundraiser will include table designs by Table Décor and More, oils and vinegars from The Oilerie, paintings by Kevin Kluever, food by Scotty B’s, garden trends by True Value, flooring and carpeting designs by Lakeshore Interiors and furniture painting by specialist Ann Hayes.

People who attend the fundraiser will also be entered into a drawing to win prizes from sponsors. Mortenson said she hopes the fundraiser will help raise money for breast cancer help and provide direction into spring decorating.

“I thought the Hope Chest was a really good cause to be a part of,” she said. “We really wanted the day to be all about decorating for spring.”

Besides hosting fundraisers, the Hope Chest also collects money by selling donated furniture, accessories and designer women’s clothing. Hensley said the Hope Chest is always looking for events to host at their facility.

“I think what people really care about is that we were founded here and the women we help are local,” she said.