Last week Wednesday, the local Runnings store hosted their annual Ladies Night. The ladies themed event raised money for the nonprofit Communities Kicking Cancer, an area organization that provides homemade comfort blankets and $100 gas cards to people in the surrounding area that have to travel for cancer treatments.
According to Communities Kicking Cancer volunteer Arlene Walch, the nonprofit group has already donated over $13,600 in gas cards to south central and southwestern North Dakota and northwestern and north central South Dakota.
“A lot of people in this area have to travel all the way to Bismarck or even Fargo for cancer treatments,” said Walch. “The gas card can really help people absorb some of those travel costs and the blanket lets them know they are not fighting alone.”
Runnings Store Manager Collin Blade said that every year, Runnings locations across the nation host a day specifically for nonprofit charities. Ultimately, it’s up to the local store to decide which nonprofit charity to support.
“We approached Arlene because we wanted to benefit a local group and had heard about Communities Kicking Cancer,” said Blade. “It’s a great group with a great mission, so we were happy to support their cause this year.”
Customers, both men and women, were encouraged to stop down at the store to buy a two-dollar, pink Ladies Night bucket and browse free samples. To attract more people, Runnings offered a storewide deal for anyone who bought a bucket. At the end of the night, Runnings donated one dollar to Communities Kicking Cancer organization for every bucket sold.
“For anything that could fit in the bucket, we offered twenty percent off apparel items and ten percent off everything else,” said Blade.
Other area businesses and individuals also contributed to event through their own various donations. T&B Brickfire donated pizzas to the event while the Pastime, the Peacock Mercantile, Color Street Nails – Tina Hill, Modern Expressions in Lemmon, Natalie Eggebo and Jeri Dunn donated to the event one way or another.
Overall, both Walch and Blade said that the event was a great success. By the end of the night, Runnings had sold 158 buckets and raised $428 in free-will donation for a total of $586 raised for the charity.
“I thought it went very, very well,” said Walch. “We had a really great turnout and we were really pleased to have the amount of participation that we did.”