Leadership Tigard to aid Chelsea's Closet with fundraiser
The Tigard Chamber of Commerce 2019 Leadership Tigard's program has selected the Chelsea Hicks Foundation as this year's service project focus with a fundraiser set this Friday.
That's when from 5 to 9 p.m., the Beach Hut Deli, 12436 S.W. Main St., will donate 20% of its proceeds from sales and give 100% of all its backyard beers sales to benefit Tigard's Chelsea's Closet, which transforms the lives of children and families facing illness by including therapeutic dress-up costumes and play while they are going through a hospital experience.
The event will also feature raffle prizes (tickets for purchase) including a weekend trip to Palm Springs, bespoke eyewear designed by downtown business and Leadership Tigard participant EDA Frames, restaurant gift cards and more.
"After learning about the work Chelsea's Closet was doing and hearing Allison's story about her own daughter's illness," said Kris Barrett, Fairway Independent Mortgage Loan Officer and 2019 Leadership Tigard class member, "it became clear that this was a cause we wanted to support."
After spending volunteer hours at the costume storage warehouse at Chelsea's Closet, this year's class decided to host a fundraiser in order to fund a needed computerized barcode inventory system, which makes it easier for staff and volunteers to find specific costumes and accessories requested by hospitalized children.
Leadership Tigard is made up of local entrepreneurs, downtown business owners, government employees and residents with a focus on creating and inspiring leaders in the community.
"It was important to our Leadership Tigard Class that we not just volunteer for a day, but that we were able to make a lasting impact on this organization," said Taylor Sarman, chief of staff for State Rep. Margaret Doherty and 2019 Leadership Tigard Class member.
"Because of my own daughter's illness, I know first-hand the horrors of watching a child go through numerous rounds of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery only to see it dampen their spirits and change their body," says Alison Hicks, Chelsea's Closet Co-Founder and CEO. "Remembering that they are children before they are patients, Chelsea's Closet empowers them to be anything they want to be -- transforming them with costumes, play, and imagination into the Superhero or Princess to combat their disease."
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