Girls’ Night Out benefits Sisterhood of Survivors

By Valerie Shelton, Editor

Every so often, girls need a night out to relax, have fun and pamper themselves. A local non-profit organization, Sisterhood of Survivors is offering women in Clovis and the surrounding areas that opportunity this month, but in addition to getting pampered, women who attend this girls’ night out are also supporting a great cause.

The Sisterhood of Survivors girls’ night out event from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, at the Clovis Veterans Memorial Building, is free to attend and all proceeds made from raffle sales, a silent auction and from vendor fees go toward the purchase of tote bags and educational materials for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients.

“While admission is free, this is a fundraiser for Sisterhood of Survivors,” former sisterhood of Survivors board member Mary Ann Rogozinski said. “The funds raised help us provide tote bags to recently diagnosed cancer patients. The tote bag contains educational materials, including a copy of “Breast Book” by Dr. Susan Love, and a Cancer 101 portfolio and planner kit to help patients through their journey by giving them a place to keep all their paperwork and appointments. Plus, there is a tote bag itself which the patients can use any way they like.”

Sisterhood of Survivors is a non-profit education and support group with a mission to assist newly diagnosed breast cancer patients and their families and offer ongoing support to those affected by breast cancer through peer support and educational resources.

The organization started to take shape in 2003, when its founders met while going through treatment. After completely treatment, these two women starting having monthly lunches and the sisterhood grew from there. Sisterhood of Survivors was officially incorporated in 2010 and that was when the organization started giving out the tote bags. Sisterhood of Survivors also provides a quarterly newsletter, e-mailed to over 1,100 subscribers. The non-profit can be seen giving out educational materials at many community events including the Central California Women’s Conference, the Hmong Cancer Coalition, the Madera Kiwanis Mother’s Day run at Woodward Park and Healthy Fresno, an event held the last weekend in April.

Rogozinski said the girls’ night out event will be a fun and unique opportunity for women to pamper themselves, enjoy great shopping with over 25 local businesses, win raffle prizes, bid on silent auction items and enjoy a fun night out.

For more information on Sisterhood of Survivors visit their website at www.sisterhoodofsurvivors.org or call 439-2183.