Hinsdale – Local businesses and organizations will join the Hinsdale Hospital Foundation to “paint the town pink” in October to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The owner of one these businesses is a breast cancer survivor with a personal connection to Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. Two years ago, single mom Deb Emerson of Westmont had just opened “A Bit of Eclectic,” which offers a variety of small gift items, when she soon learned she had breast cancer.
Emerson is now cancer-free, and very grateful for the care she received at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. So from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 6, Emerson and her business partner Jackie Michelon of Westmont will host their first Circle of Friends Wine Tasting Event with proceeds benefitting Hinsdale Hospital Foundation’s Open Arms breast cancer awareness fund.
“Everyone at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital was so fabulous,” Emerson said. “This is our way of paying it forward.”
The wine tasting event will be held at WineStyles, 6430 Main St., Woodridge. Features include a wine garden, silent auction, raffle prizes and an opportunity to create a wine charm. La La Li Patisserie, Aurelios and Buffalo Wild Wings will provide the food. Tickets are $20 in advance and $22 at the door. Space is limited. For more information, contact Emerson at 630-487-0216 or email@example.com.
Last year, Emerson initiated specialty wine charms at her one-year survival party. Emerson then invited physicians and nurses to design wine charms, too. A Bit of Eclectic sells the charms in groups of six; 20 percent of the profits are donated to Open Arms.
In addition to the “Circle of Friends” fundraiser, several other special events will be held. These include a pink sock fundraiser with the Falcon football team, a healthy eating fundraiser at Fuller’s Home & Hardware, a shopping day at Hinsdale-area boutiques, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s tree lighting and art auction and a fashion show at Continental AutoSport Showroom.
Displays will also include information on educational programs and special care services for community members and their loved ones. Participating organizations are located in Burr Ridge, Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills and surrounding communities.
“There are so many women who battle with breast cancer right here in our own community,” said Susan King, executive director of the Hinsdale Hospital Foundation. “We want to let them know how important they are and that there is help available.”
Hinsdale Hospital Foundation’s Open Arms fund was established in 2011 to support breast cancer patients and their families by funding programs to help patients and families navigate the difficult journey through cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
To learn more about Circle of Friends, visit www.circleoffriendsfundraiser.eventbrite.com. Find A Bit of Eclectic on Facebook or visit its store at www.etsy.com/shop/abitofeclectic?ref=shop_sugg. For information on Hinsdale Hospital Foundation’s Open Arms fund, visit www.hinsdaleopenarms.org.
Adventist Midwest Health, part of Adventist Health System, includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.
Physicians on the medical staff of Adventist Midwest Health Hospitals are independent contractors, and are not agents of the hospitals.
Media contact: Lisa Parro, senior public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health, Lisa.firstname.lastname@example.org; 630-856-2354