October 21, 2018, the Ninth Annual Totes for Ta-Ta’s fundraiser was held at the Inn at Grand Glaize in Osage Beach. The event featured a silent auction of new and gently used purses, totes, wallets and other items and for the first time purse bingo. For a $20 admission fee, guests received heavy hors d’oeuvres, a drink of choice, a bingo card, a chance to win door prizes, and live entertainment by Mitch Shields with Melanie Biggers. All proceeds benefit the HOPE Program at Lake Regional Cancer Center. Funded by community donations, this program helps provide mammograms, nutritional supplements, transportation assistance and other help to qualifying individuals. Donations to HOPE also contribute to various community cancer screening activities; the purchase of medical equipment for patient comfort; and support group activities.
Prior to the event, hundreds of new and gently used purses, totes and wallets were collected at various drop-off points around the Lake area, including Serenity Medical Spa, Lake Regional Cancer Center, The Mother’s Shrine, Bella Donna Salon, Camdenton Chamber Office, Dierbergs, and Flipback Resale Shop.
Organizers are pleased to announce proceeds reached $6,696.93, after expenses, with over 150 individuals in attendance for 2018. All totaled over $70,000 has been raised since the inaugural event in 2010, with over $64,500 benefitting the HOPE Program. Event Chairperson, Michelle Cook commented, “Our independent committee has worked very hard each year to raise money for victims of such a devastating disease. Our community is amazing in how they come together to support our local cancer center and others in need. It has truly been our honor to champion this cause and hopefully make a positive impact.”
A special thank you goes out to event sponsors and supporters including, Facial Designs Permanent Cosmetics, Above & Beyond Roofing, Lake Regional Imaging Center, Lake Media, Lake Lifestyles Magazine, Mix 92.7, Cool 102.7, KS95, The Inn at Grand Glaize, FaceLift Marketing & Design, Instant Signs & Banners, LO Profile Magazine, Lake TV, Lake of the Ozarks CVB, Lamar Outdoor Advertising, Wobbly Boots, Baba’s Bistro and Wacky Knacky Diner.
Lake Regional Cancer Center provides comprehensive services, including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery, diagnostic imaging, palliative care, support groups and education. The physicians and staff at Lake Regional Cancer Center are committed to providing high-quality, compassionate cancer care for patients and their families in a comfortable, home-like atmosphere.