“Boob-a-Palooza” was an early kick-off to the October fundraisers for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Walk for a Cure. The Palooza, or “Money for Mammaries,” on Saturday, Sept. 17, was held all day at the La Crescenta Woman’s Club.
Generous vendors donated every penny from the sale of their merchandise, or a large percentage thereof. Among the most generous were those offering spa services. Reflexologist Shawna Livingston Coatney massaged her customers’ feet for free. A tip donated to the fundraiser was suggested. Chair massage therapist Brandon Turner also donated his relaxing services. Again, a small tip donation was suggested. Turner works at Spa Pura in Montrose. Spa director Dawn Candal signed up supporters wanting massages.
Other vendors were also generous. Jam vendor Yvonne Chavez of “Jams for Jugs” donated 100% of the sales from her $5 half pint jars of jam. Cookie Lee Jewelry consultant Sylvia Munoz donated 25% of sales. Her helpers were cousin Esperanza Colunga and sister-in-law Natalie Munoz. Owner Gordon Pawlowski of Lenny’s Taste of Louisiana donated 20% of his tasty treats. Pawlowski can be found Sundays at the Montrose Farmer’s Market. His beignets defy description.
Other community vendors made donations to the cause, as well. Montrose Travel donated a “Dine N’ Go” certificate to the event’s raffle. Bronson Photography donated all sales from photographing the day’s customers.
More than 100 community members dropped in during the six-hour fundraiser. Breast cancer survivor Virginia Sabo of Montrose described a little of her medical care. “I had chemo and radiology,” said Sabo, “but I was blessed with insurance.” Sabo wound up contributing to the cause by having a free foot massage and giving a generous tip.
Event creators were Chavez’s daughter Angela Young and business partner Dawn Levine. Both are Montrose residents and owners of Pampered Chef kitchenware. They have a booth at the Montrose Farmer’s Market each Sunday.
The Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Walk will take place on Nov. 19-21 in San Diego. It will be a 60-mile walk with tents provided for nights — strictly for hardy souls.