Crafts for the Cure to raise money for American Cancer Society
Rhoda Gansler’s daughter, Melanie, developed breast cancer in 2001, and ovarian cancer a year later. She died in 2004 at the age of 43.
Gansler, a crochet instructor at A.C. Moore, had her daughter in mind when she came up for the idea for Crafts for the Cure, which will be held 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20 at the store, located at 978 Bethlehem Pike in Montgomeryville. Handmade items, including scarves, hats, baby items and more — all pink — will be available for bid, with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.
“This is very, very meaningful for me,” she said. “I know so many people who’ve had breast cancer and I just feel we have to give back and help and do what we can.”
Gansler lives in Montgomery Township and participates in breast cancer fundraisers every year. The idea to organize the event and hold it in October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, came to her over the summer.
She asked the students in her two crochet classes if they’d be willing to craft some pink items for the event. A. C. Moore gave her the green light to have it at the store and Gansler and her group got busy.
“I have so much pink in my living room, I could O.D. on it,” Gansler said.
About 40 items will be available for bid. Bids will be sold for $ 1 each, or six for $ 5. Attendees can bid by writing the amount they’re willing to pay and their contact information on a ticket and the winners will be announced at 4 p. m. [ Win- ners who aren’t present will be contacted.]
They’ll also have smaller items, such as bookmarks, key chains and hair scrunchies, available for purchase for $1 each.
About a half-dozen of the women who created the items will be at the event working on more crochet projects.
One of the crocheters is Lillian Johnson of Lansdale. In her 80s, Johnson took up crocheting three years ago through Gansler’s class at A.C. Moore.
“I’m just finishing one of my projects, a scarf,” Johnson said, adding that it has two shades of pink on it. “I hope people realize that it’s important that they come out and support this.”
Some of the store employees are also donating items. Nancy Decker, a store manager, is donating some paper craft items and other employees are giving handmade jewelry, a flower arrangement, knitted and crocheted items and a painting.
Rhoda Gansler shows off some of the homemade items that will be for sale during the Crafts for the Cure event Oct. 20.