Pink Flair raises $1,640 for cancer

Published 11:03 pm Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Kemner-Iott Agency employees participated in Midwest Energy’s “Pink Flair to be Breast Cancer Aware” event Friday, Oct. 7. Each employee had a choice between a pink feather or extension for a $10 donation. All proceeds will be donated to the Cass County Cancer Service. “Our hats off to Midwest Energy and Jen Sobasky from Mane Event for their community support,” said Patti Badner of Kemner-Iott, standing at right.

CASSOPOLIS — Midwest Energy Cooperative’s Cassopolis Service Center doubled as a hair salon as the co-op hosted its inaugural “Pink Flair to be Breast Cancer Aware” event. Nearly 150 people, and one canine, visited the office and donated $10 to have a pink feather or hair extension styled into their hair in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

In total, $1,640 was raised to support the programs of Cass County Cancer Service.

“Cancer has touched the lives of many in our employee family, and this was another fun way that we could stand up and do something to help,” said Nicole Barfell, Midwest Energy’s community development specialist.

“We had people waiting in line first thing in the morning and a steady stream of visitors all day long. The community participation was amazing!”

Jen Sobasky, a hair stylist and certified extension specialist from Mane Event in Elkhart, Ind., donated her time for the event. Representatives from Cass County Cancer Service were on hand all day to provide information about available programs and services.

“We’re honored to use our facilities and resources, and thrilled that Jen was willing to donate her time and talents to bring this together. It’s truly the spirit of community at work, and that’s one of the things that very clearly defines Midwest Energy,” Barfell said.