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Community raises $1,700 for Mary Kay Foundation

Local Mary Kay Independent Sales Directors Gail Langner, Jennifer Koennicke, Molly Richter, Jill Unruh and Janaya Davis and their Consultants raised $1,700 for the Mary Kay Foundation at the Eighth Annual Fashion Show/Fundraiser in Perham.

The Eighth Annual Fashion Show/Fundraiser coordinated by local Mary Kay Independent Sales Directors Gail Langner, Jennifer Koennicke, Molly Richter, Jill Unruh and Janaya Davis and their Consultants raised $1,700 in donations for the Mary Kay Foundation on May 4.

Women attending the event at The Cactus were treated to a sneak peek of new spring and summer fashions by Nadine's and Independent Consultant Cim Melbye, representing CAbi Fashions.

Also, the group heard heartfelt information from Victoria Creek, a Victim's Advocate from Someplace Safe in Fergus Falls. Someplace Safe has been a past recipient of a Mary Kay Foundation grant in the amount of $20,000.

Many door prizes were given away throughout the evening, in addition to the silent auction. Thank you to the businesses involved in Lakes Area Networking, who generously donated the main portion of the auction items.

Mary Kay Ash was an inspiration with her belief in success for all people, most notably women. As an experienced leader in the business world she felt it vital that all women should have the opportunity to attain their goals and never be limited by anything but their own imagination and drive to succeed. A person is actually a product of their own thoughts; and when you think big, you achieve big things.

Consistently, donors have joined with the Mary Kay Foundation in big ways to support Mary Kay's dream of eliminating cancers that affect women and ending domestic violence. They are truly impressive and inspiring. Their steadfast commitment and heartfelt energies have enabled the Foundation to make a difference in the lives of women and their families through grants and creative initiatives. Support for vital programs has surged from $500,000 in 1997 to $3.6 million in 2004 to $5.8 million in 2009, the largest amount of giving ever.

Here are highlights of what the Mary Kay Foundation and Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants accomplished together in 2009:

-Granted 150 domestic violence shelters $20,000 each-a total of $3 million

-Awarded 13 respected doctors and medical scientists $100,000 each in cancer research grants-a total of $1.3 million

-Donated $500,000 to CancerCare Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free professional help to people with cancer, for its Touching Hearts program

-Contributed $300,000 to the National Network to End Domestic Violence with $200,000 earmarked to support the Amy's Courage Fund, which provides assistance to victims of domestic violence and their children

-$200,000 to the Arbor Day Foundation for Nature Explore Classrooms at five domestic violence shelters across the United States

The Mary Kay Sales Directors and Consultants would like to extend their gratitude to The Cactus, Denise Schornack, Cim Melbye, Kristen McMartin with Thru Him Photography, the beautiful models, and to the women who attended and gave generously to this cause.

If someone was not able to attend the Fundraiser, donations may still be sent to MKACF, P.O. Box 799044, Dallas, TX 75379-9044.