For most of us at STIK, our mamas were the ones who painstakingly taught us how to knit. Mothers not only teach us how to brush our teeth and make our beds (and sometimes I actually do both in one day!), but they also teach us about the beauty of unconditional love.
Nine years ago, Olivia Achtmeyer wanted to do something to honor her mother whom she lost to Breast Cancer. She recognized the financial, emotional, and logistical burdens that families like hers faced during this difficult time and wanted to organize an event to help support those affected by the disease. And thus, Runway for Recovery began.
Runway for Recovery seeks to support families who have lost mothers to Breast Cancer. Women who have been affected by the disease—whether they are survivors themselves, relatives of survivors, or relatives of women who have lost the battle—walk the runway in outfits donated by local boutiques. This empowering evening celebrates these women’s beauty and gives them a well-deserved night in the spotlight. The fashion show is accompanied by an extensive silent auction and raffle with some really kick-ass items. In addition, a few fashion vendors sell items during cocktail hour and donate a portion of their proceeds to this incredible organization.
We were one of those lucky vendors. The amount of support, love, and celebration that surrounded this evening knocked our socks off. We heard stories that wrenched our hearts and legitimately brought us to tears. We also sold out of our inventory during the event. Let’s say that again, WE SOLD OUT OF INVENTORY DURING THE EVENT. We donated 40% of our revenue and thereby contributed to the $140,000 raised. This is double the amount of funds raised last year.
These funds will go towards addressing the many burdens associated with caring for a loved one with breast cancer, including grief counseling, lodging near hospitals, and other vital comforts for both the families of the patients and the patients themselves. To find out how you can support, visit their Facebook page or their website www.runwayforrecovery.org.
We could not be more proud to be involved in such a poignant evening.
The STIK Clique