SYCAMORE – On Thursday, June 5, the city of Sycamore came together to help find a cure for breast cancer. The 10th annual Ladies Night Out, presented by D&D Jewelers, was held in downtown Sycamore from 4 until 8 p.m.
Dawn Sukach, the owner of D&D Jewelers, started the event in honor of her mother, Flo Mathison, a breast cancer survivor.
"I never thought that the event would get this big," Sukach said. "It started when I asked a couple of friends who owned businesses to help me with an event. ...Our goal is to just keep getting bigger and to keep raising money so that we don't have to worry about breast cancer anymore. We hope to find a cure."
The event this year featured more than 85 local vendors. More than 95 items were donated for the silent auction, which was held from 4 until 7:30 p.m. inside Paulsen's Appliance and Electronics. Vendors offered attendees samples, giveaways, and the chance to win prizes through raffles and drawings. Many of the shops along State Street offered special discounts during the event. Tickets to see "The Notebook" at the State Street Theater at 8:30 p.m. were sold for $2.
The money raised from the event will remain local and will benefit the KishHealth System's cancer treatment center and the American Cancer Society. This was the first year that a special donation was made to help with cancer care hospice patients associated with KishHealth System.
Jayne Higgins of Sycamore attended the event with her granddaughter, 5-year-old ElleAnna Rongere.
"I love coming to the event each year because it is a great way to raise money for a good cause," Higgins said. "It's nice to see the community coming together to help put an end to breast cancer."