Joyce Reed is a long-time supporter of children with cancer. She annually hosts a dinner and auction in her community in Sevierville, Tennessee and this year’s benefitted CureSearch for the first time.
Joyce hasn’t been directly affected by children’s cancer, but she knows the toll that it can take on families, and wanted to do something to help them.
She gathered her coworkers at Advantage Hair Salon in Tennessee, told them about CureSearch and how important this year’s event would be in supporting children’s cancer research. They immediately started contacting local businesses and asked them to support the event by donating auction items. Joyce was amazed by the generosity of the community; they received items from almost every business contacted.
As the day of the event drew closer, Joyce was sure that they would reach their goal of $6,000. She had no idea that they would raise $12,500 in one night!
The event was a community affair. More than 150 people attended and bid on items such as custom jewelry, baked goods, and baskets put together by stylists at the salon. Attendees enjoyed BBQ dinner donated by a local restaurant and local entertainment while they bid on items.
“Everyone was there to make a difference,” explained Joyce. “It was amazing watching people be so generous. I still can’t believe that we were able to raise so much money for children with cancer.”
Joyce isn’t done raising funds for children’s cancer; look for her and her coworkers at the Knoxville CureSearch Walk in September! Visit CureSearchWalk.org to find a Walk near you.