Life Care Center of Acton, Massachusetts, went all out to raise money for breast cancer research in October 2015.
The facility held several fundraisers, including two Wear Pink days, a jeans dress-down day, a bake sale and a chili cookoff. Jo-Anne Cimon, assistant business office manager, coordinated the events.
For the chili cookoff, held on Oct. 9, eight associates cooked their favorite chili recipe for others to taste and judge. Tasters, including fellow associates and visitors, sampled from the lineup of slow cookers. After careful consideration, each taster voted, and Chanreth Nutter, restorative aide, won for her spicy meat and bean chili.
On Wear Pink days, both men and women among associates and residents wore pink in support of the cause. Each associate wearing pink had his or her name entered into a drawing for pink goodies. Residents’ names were entered into a drawing on Oct. 20 for a handmade fleece blanket.
The winner? Adele Milewski, a 99-year-old resident and cancer survivor.
Milewski was one of the biggest supporters of the fundraising efforts in another way as well – she sold pink ribbons in the lobby to raise money for research.
“Many of the associates and residents in our building have been touched by breast cancer, so these events were very meaningful,” said Ann Rosas, admissions and marketing director. “With all these efforts, we were able to raise $500 – twice the amount raised the year before. And we had a lot of fun as we raised the money.”