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Ladies Night Out celebrates 10 years

Published: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 10:41 a.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 10:46 a.m. CST
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Pink-clad firefighter Steven Rusin of Pink Heals Northern Illinois poses with women at Ladies Night Out on June 5, 2014 in downtown Sycamore. Rusin travels around the United States with his organization to raise cancer awareness. From left, Dee Velichkoff, Christie Carter, Kyla Hueber, Steven Rusin, Tifanny Ryan, Erin Dodson, and Jenny Schroeder.
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Lily Burriell (left) and Breanna Apostolos break boards at the booth of Bill Cho's United Tae Kwon Do during Ladies Night Out on Thursday, June 5, 2014. The Bill Cho's black-belts wore pink belts at the event to help raise awareness for breast cancer. Their motto for the evening was, "Fight like a girl."
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ElleAnna Rongere, 5, of Sycamore holds a pink memory bear named Cherish that was made by a member of the Sycamore Federated Church Women's Ministry and was raffled off at Ladies Night Out on June 5, 2014.
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Carey Likens of from Topeka, Kansas made a T-shirt quilt to be raffled off during Ladies Night Out on June 5, 2014, in downtown Sycamore. The quilt took Likens four weeks to make. She traveled from Kansas to visit friends and to attend the event.
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Many of the 85 vendors at Ladies Night Out event in downtown Sycamore on June 5, 2014, offered drawings and raffles. Gretchen Vatter of Rockton (right) enters a raffle from Country Roots Salon. From left, Sherry Bouchard and Jill Schneider man the booth.
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Danielle Huber (left) and her mother, Amy Overby, purchase cupcakes from NB&T during Ladies Night Out on June 5, 2014.
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Ema Durst, 5, sits on a pink-themed Pulling for the Cure tractor at Ladies Night Out, June 5, 2014.
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Valerie Perez (left) and Daniel Shellstrom from Heritage Woods of DeKalb hula hoop for donations during Ladies Night Out on June 5, 2014, in downtown Sycamore.
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The owners of D&D Jewelers, who first started Ladies Night Out 10 years ago, sold tote bags filled with goodies for $10 at the 2014 event June 5 in downtown Sycamore. From left, Kyle Jensen, Flo Mathison, Dawn Sukach, and Don Sukach.

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."

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